things lost things invisible

Arturo Tamayo, Szymon Bywalec and K.Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra at Warsaw Autumn 2007
Arturo Tamayo, Szymon Bywalec and K.Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra at Warsaw Autumn 2007

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things lost things invisible, for Ambisonic space and orchestra, Ewa Trębacz (2007) 

Premiere: September 22, 2007, XXI International Expocentre, Warsaw, Poland. K.Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Arturo Tamayo and Szymon Bywalec, conductors.  Virtual Soloists: Josiah Boothby (horn), Toby Penk (trumpet),  Colby Wiley (trombone).

Work commissioned by the 50th International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" 2007.

Work recommended by the 56th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (Paris, 2009).  

In June 2009 the recording of things lost things invisible from the premiere at the 50th "Warsaw Autumn" Festival received a prestigious recommendation of the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, which was soon followed by multiple radio broadcasts around the world. The Rostrum has been organized since 1954 by the International Music Council. 57 works from 27 radio stations from four continents were presented during this 56th edition of the Rostrum.

Radio broadcasts:

  • Radio Latvia (Jun 30, 2010)
  • NRK - Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (May 12, 2010)
  • Radio Slovenija (May 5, 2010)
  • CBC Radio 2, The Signal (Apr 17, 2010)
  • CBC Radio Canada, Espace musique (Apr 15, 2010)
  • Radio Orpheus - Russian State Radio Centre (Apr 14, 2010)
  • Radio New Zealand (Apr 13, 2010)
  • Estonian Public Broadcasting (Feb 16, 2010)
  • RTS/Radio Belgrade (Feb 10, 2010)
  • Netherlands Public Broadcasting (Dec 15, 2009)
  • Argentina - Radio Universidad National LM Dec 6, 2009)
  • Icelandic National Broadcasting (Nov 22, 2009)
  • Swedish Radio (Sep 28, 2009)
  • Finnish Broadcasting Company (Sep 24, 2009)
  • RTP - Portugal, Antena (2 Aug 8, 2009)
  • Radio Television Hong Kong - Radio (4 Jul 30, 2009)
  • Bulgarian National Radio (Jul 29, 2009)
  • Lietuvos Radijas (Jul 3, 2009)
  • Ireland, RTE (Jul 1, 2009)
  • Polish Radio  (Jun 8, 2009)

things lost things invisible is a hybrid work combining features of a large orchestral form with a spatial sound installation, exploring periphony. It involves a symphony orchestra divided into groups and a 3-dimensional speaker system to reproduce the electronic layer. The work is a large-scale acoustic experiment, where the entire sound environment is being treated as a body of a one complex instrument (the audience is located inside the resonance box of that instrument).

The initial sound material was recorded by the composer in ambisonics during an on-site session in one of the most acoustically unique spaces in the United States: the Dan Harpole Cistern in Fort Worden, Washington State. This legendary space is located underground, on a former military base. It is characterized by a 45-second reverberation time and bizarre sound trajectories. All the initial recordings have been realized with a Soundfield ST-250 ambisonic microphone. The special stress during this recording was placed on the elevation factor: a vertical movement of sound (in this case absolutely crucial, due to the acoustic features of that space). Orchestral parts and the final shape of the entire work have been derived from those recordings, so the spatial features of the Cistern became the major formative principle. 

Work commissioned by the 50th International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" 2007 in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland.  With special thanks to: Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) and Centrum - Fort Worden (centrum.org).

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