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Per Nørgård : Expanding Space

Publisher Wilhelm Hansen
Electroacoustic Works
Year Composed 1985
18 Minutes
Orchestration tape
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Programme Note

EXPANDING SPACE (1985). Elelectronic music i three sections, for synthesizer (Roland Jupiter 8), piano and real sounds.
1. Najads (I-II)
2. From the Ever More Distant Stars
3. Night of Splendour.
These electronic pieces, released by the Danish ”Fønix” label on music cassettes (MC), touches the meditative element of music, but more in a non-rhythmic (or free rhythmic) than a pulsating, minimalistic way. The music is often ´streaming´ and the association to water is obvious, especially in “Najads”. Sometimes a real sound recording of water (from Santa Cruz by the Pacific Ocean) is integrated, but most of the time different kind of ´water music´ and ´water sounds´ are composed and recorded by me, via different electronic and acoustic instruments in my own studio. The idea is a music that could give a meditative experience, but also a music that could be used as “ambient” or “background music”, without the disturbing elements, like in muzak and elevator music, of small discreet themes calling for your attention, but doing nothing with it…
Per Nørgård


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