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Theatri machinarum : radiophonic work

by Caroline Wilkins (1994)

Audio Sample

Performance by Caroline Wilkins, Klaus Schoening from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 26

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 26


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 26 / Caroline Wilkins.

Library shelf no. CD 2389 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Theatre = room/stage. Machine = the performers. My composition is a fantasy journey through several 'rooms', a journey from one time to another. The extraneous mechanisms of a machine play an important role here, such as their movements of winding-up or running backwards. These take place outside of its normal time-run, like the fast-forward/-backward motion of an old film that runs from the end back to the beginning. The work could also be called a 'little theatre of machines', some mechanisms, like the musical box, producing a fine, miniature sound. Early recordings of the voice and the first mechanical instruments, together with instruments outside of the classical tradition such as the bandoneon, reveral an undisguised rawness in their sound. It is this immediacy, this undeniable imperfection of a sound-source that I want to emphasize - the 'body' or physicality of sound.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

Commission note: Commissioned by Studio Akustische Kunst, West German Radio.

First performance: by Caroline Wilkins, Klaus Schoening — 7 Jun 94. West German Radio electronic studios, Cologne, Germany.

The composer notes the following influences/genres associated with this work:

Genres of Musique concrete, acoustic art, sound art, sound installation.


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