Purusha (2019)
For fixed media

Instrumentation: 8 loudspeakers

Premiere: June 2019, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 4‘ 33“

Awarded with Klaus Huber Kompositionspreis 2019

This composition is inspired by the duality and the interaction between the material and the subtle. Purusha is a central term in Indian mythology and philosophy and is translated as man, human or an original soul. At the beginning of the piece, a very quiet, almost imperceptible, blurry, unstable and aquarel-like textured melody begins to slowly unfold. Appearing and disappearing, always changing, always moving.... It begins in the highest register and slowly transforms itself throughout the piece. Very subtle changes of tone color are explored in this process, combining sine waves, FM and Granular Synthesis. A contrary percussive material appears, sometimes interrupting the first one and sometimes pushing it for further development. Both materials are mirrored and develop inversely throughout the piece. The first material is like the shadow of the second one and both arise from and share the same core.

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