Polish Radio Experimental Studio's late 50's achievements included first attempts to write down electronic sounds through graphics; this CD presents 5 such scores heard in experimental realizations commissioned of Lionel Marchetti, Thomas Lehn, Philip Zoubek and Wolfram, &c.
PRES Scores [2 CDs]
Released in: Poland
"PRES Scores" contains original and new realisations of five out of seven Studio's published scores. These are pieces by Andrzej Dobrowolski, Bogusław Schaeffer and Włodzimierz Kotoński "performeed" in PRES by Eugeniusz Rudnik and Bohdan Mazurek and as Bôłt Records commissions by Lionel Marchetti, Thomas Lehn, Philip Zoubek and Wolfram, Arszyn and Piotr Kurek, Marion Wörle and Małe Instrumenty.
The scores are a fascinating chapter in the Studio's history. Not only because of the insight into first attempts to write down electronic sounds, being a great material to analyze or displaying links between music and graphics. It is mainly due to the fact that even in those few published scores it is explicitly visible that their utilitarian functions were rapidly replaced with the experimental ones. Precision of communication between a composer and a sound engineer - noticeable in early Dobrowolski's scores or Kotoński's "Study?" - is quickly substbstituted by a tendency to experiment with this communication.
As early as in 1964 Bogusław Schaeffer started working on a graphic score, full of new symbols which are well-defined by the author but which above all serve as tools of identifying the potential actions of the sound engineer. 6 years later Włodzimierz Kotoński composed a piece which de facto is deprived of graphic symbols. It is a text-score describing the most important principles of composing works which would create a family of electronic pieces called "Aela". Even though the text is accompanied by a 19-page graphic score, it solely presents an exemplary production.
It is probably not a coincidence that in this period the most significant sound engineers in the Studio - Eugeniusz Rudnik and Bohdan Mazurek - became rightful composers whose works were added to the archives. These few scores made it clear that the fact that composers naturally "passed" some responsibility for the final shape of the piece onto musicians was a perfect vehicle for experiments. Where would we find a better reflection of John Cage's belief that it is impossible for a composer to foresee the outcome of experimental action?
Having in mind the above definition, seemingly the most conservative Studio's activity - writing scores - is the one that most clearly embodies its eexperimental nature. The PRES Scores album is dedicated to the ambivalence of conservatism and experiment. Scores on paper are what the composer leaves behind and this way requires or at least allows subsequent realizations. Experimental scores should at least allow experimental realizations. The album presents some of them."-Bolt
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"Thomas Lehn was Born in Fröndenberg (Germany) in 1958. Since the early 1980s Thomas Lehn has been working as a author and performer of contemporary music. After studying recording engineering - piano with Prof. Wilfried Kassebaum - at the Music Academy of Detmold in Germany, studies at the Music Academy of Cologne with Peter Degenhardt and Prof. Klaus Oldemeyer (classical piano) and with Frank Wunsch and Francis Coppieters (jazz piano) completed his academical education. In the 80ies he took part on courses of Studio for pianistic interpretation held by Prof. Jürgen Uhde.
As an interpreting pianist he has been playing concerts since 1982 - performing both contemporary new music including numerous first performances and traditional composed music of the classical and romantical period. In 1989 he initiated the chamber ensemble Trio Dario and four years later the Mengano Quartett, performing compositions of the contemporary avant-garde, in particular numerous first performances of comissioned works. Developed parallel to his work as a pianist, since the early 1990s his major and widely reknown work has been performing and producing live-electronic music. Rooted in the experience of a wide spectrum of musical fields based on his background as an interpreting and improvising pianist in classical-, contemporary and jazz-music and having been involved in numerous other projects like music theatre, dance, multi-media, studio pre-/post-production etc., he has been developing an individual 'language' of electronic music.
The electronic equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers of the late 1960s, and since 1994 in particular the EMS Synthi A. Besides the substantial sound qualities of its analogue synthesis, the facilities of this modular instrument - for example to modify electronic sounds very directly as well as to combine and to control several parameters of the sound synthesis at the same time - allows him to spontaneously act in close contact with the various structural degrees of the musical process.
In 2000 his solo album Feldstärken had been released on German label Random Acoustics. Up today, his discography enclosures about 80 CD publications. Numerous appearances at major international festivals of contemporary musics and concerts tours in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungaria, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA give evidence of his international profile and recognition.
He has been involved in projects promoted and/or supported by the Goethe-Institutes in Belgrade, Boston, Bratislava, Budapest, Chicago, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Lille, Lissabon, London, Manchester, Marseille, Milano, Montreal, Palermo, Rome, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Wellington and York. His musical activities enclosure long term and newer ensemble collaborations as well as involvements in numerous specific single projects. Long term collaborations are ensembles like KONK PACK, TOOT, THERMAL, FUTCH, MIMEO, SPEAK EASY, 6IX, VARIO-34, as well as the duo works with Marcus Schmickler, Tiziana Bertoncini, Gerry Hemingway, Paul Lovens, Frédéric Blondy Urs Leimgruber and John Butcher. More recently formed ensembles are the duos with Benoît Moreau and with the video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen, trio formations with John Butcher involving pianists John Tilbury and Matthew Shipp.
Further he is pianist and founding member of the ensemble]h[iatus, an ensemble for interpretation and improvisation of contemporary music, whichs members are all experienced interpreters and improvisers. The ensemble compiles concert programs integrating/alternating notated and real-time-created contemporary music. It has been first-performing commissioned works by Vinko Globokar, Peter Jakober, Jennifer Walshe, Anthony Pateras besides performing compositions of the contemporary repertoire. Besides performing his own electronic music, in the recent years Thomas Lehn became more active as a synthesizer interpreter of electronic compositions. The realisation of Boguslav Schaeffer's Electronic Symphony - live performed in 2010 and 2011 - has been documented on the CD PRES Scores on polish label Bolt/Monotype. In 2012 he world premierred OCCAM VI for synthesizer solo by Éliane Radigue at Berghain Berlin during festival Faithful! and - together with KlangForum Wien - dort for synthesizer and 15 piece ensemble by Austrian composer Peter Jakober at musikprotokoll Graz and at Konzerthaus Vienna."-Thomas Lehn Website (http://www.thomaslehn.com/read/vita_e.html)
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Color booklet with text in Polish and English.
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Color booklet with text in Polish and English.
Catalog ID: BR ES09
Squidco Product Code: 19007
Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: Double CD triplefold gatefold digipack
Recorded on various dates, at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw.
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1. Eugeniusz Rudnik - Music for Magnetic Tape and Piano Solo 12:11
2. Eugeniusz Rudnik - Aela 10:40
3. Bohdan Muzarek - Symphony: Electronic Music 17:30
4. Eugeniusz Rudnik - Study for One Cymbal Stroke 2:51
5. Eugeniusz Rudnik - Music for Magnetic Tape No.1 5:50
6. Eugeniusz Rudnik - Psalmus 5:05CD 2
1. Wolfram - Music for Magnetic Tape and Piano Solo 11:38
2. Marion Worle - Aela 10:07
3. Thomas Lehn- Symphony: Electronic Music 17:36
4. Male Instrumenty - Study for One Cymbal Stroke 2:53
5. Arszyn & Piotr Kurek - Music for Magnetic Tape No.1 7:23
6. Lionel Marchetti - Psalmus 16:56