Wayne Vitale & Brain Baumbusch - Mikrokosma
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Label: New World Records
Cat No: NW80785
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd June 2017
ArtistsThe Lightbulb Ensemble
Santa Cruz Contemporary Gamelan
Mikrokosma (2014-15) is an exploration in sound and light of the "microcosms" of Bali-Hindu cosmology, where the universe is reflected and re-created in all its parts. The underlying concepts of the piece, revealed in form, proportions, meters (every movement is partially or entirely in 11), colors, sequence, and symmetry, are a direct interpretation of the pengider buana, the "turning of the universe".
The work is a cross-cultural endeavor. Mikrokosma utilizes musical techniques and concepts that fuse or juxtapose Balinese and Western new-music traditions, particularly American minimalist music and its many offshoots. One of these fusions takes place in the realm of timbre and tuning. The instruments were conceived, constructed, and tuned by Baumbusch. Although he started from a Balinese conception in shaping the basic scale, recent research on the inharmonic partials (overtones) of metal keys and gong chimes informed the fine-tuning process, yielding a unique scale and sonic world.
The Lightbulb Ensemble:
- Maurissa Dorn
- Dave Douglas
- Carla Fabrizio
- Lucas Helland
- James Iwamasa
- Sarang Kim
- Lydia Martin
- Keenan Pepper
- Scott Siler
- Wayne Vitale
- Sarah Willner
Brian Baumbusch, musical director
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