Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf - void | Neos Music NEOS11417

Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf - void

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Label: Neos Music

Cat No: NEOS11417

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
Experimentalstudio des SWR (realization)

Conductors

Roland Kluttig
Rupert Huber

Works

Mahnkopf, Claus-Steffen

humanized void, for large orchestra
void - kol ischa asirit, for large orchestra
void - mal d'archive, for eight-track tape

Artists

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
Experimentalstudio des SWR (realization)

Conductors

Roland Kluttig
Rupert Huber

About

‘Two central themes of my artistic work are the fate of Judaism and the disasters of the 20th century. The word “void” denotes emptiness, but also a gap. This idea has preoccupied me since 2000, when I became acquainted with the Jewish Museum in Berlin (still empty at the time), built by Daniel Libeskind; his architecture immediately captivated me, and I have repeatedly engaged with it to this day.

‘Libeskind filled the building with vertical rooms that are simply empty and thus unusable – for a functional building in the strict sense, they are dysfunctional. They symbolize something absent: the European Jews, who not least enriched Berlin life until the Nazi regime came to power. Libeskind is a master of absences and losses, as his recent 9/11 Memorial in New York demonstrates.

‘Upon my first visit to the Jewish Museum in Berlin I noticed a specific acoustic, especially in the “Holocaust Tower”. In December 2002 I visited the museum to record sounds there and in one of the “Voids”, where Menashe Kadishman’s installation Fallen Leaves was located. I subsequently worked with these recordings at the Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg, resulting in the spatial composition
void – mal d’archive. Except for a few oboe notes, the work is a form of musique concrète. It is for 8 loudspeakers, and develops a spatial landscape in which these sounds are used to tell a story whose concretion each listener must conceive for themselves. mal d’archive is the title of a book by Jacques Derrida; in this context, it refers to something being inscribed in a gap in the memory.’ - Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf

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