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Thursday, July 3 • 18:50 - 19:15
Thor Magnusson and Adriana Sa - Fermata

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The Threnoscope is an audiovisual compositional system focussing on a few key elements: drones, microtonality and spatial sound. The piece aims to remove linear time from the music by emphasising stasis or circularity. Through visual representations of harmonic relationships, tuning systems and drone states, and multichannel audio, the system affords specific compositional focus that encourages the performer to work with spatial sound and descriptions of harmonic spectra. 

In the Fermata piece, the Threnoscope is used together with acoustic instruments for improvising in the microtonal space. Adriana Sa will perform her custom zither, a multi-string instrument with a fretboard and a personal tuning system. The bow enables her to create a wealth of microtonal variations.


Thor Magnusson

Thor Magnusson's background in philosophy and electronic music informs prolific work in performance, research and teaching. His work focuses on the impact digital technologies have on musical creativity and practice, explored through software development, composition and performance. Thor's research is underpinned by the philosophy of technology and cognitive science, exploring issues of embodiment and compositional constraints in digital musical... Read More →

Thursday July 3, 2014 18:50 - 19:15
Great Hall Goldsmiths

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