Dronescape 6.2 is the eighth in a series of albums, containing new Digital Symphonies by Oscar van Dillen. The work on this album was collaboratively composed by Oscar van Dillen and Henri Tournier between April 2021-January 2022.
Similar to the earlier Dronescape releases, this work can be considered to be an Electronic or DigitalSymphony. This one-part collaborative work is called Oneirology 3.
Interview on New Music Now
An interview concerning this album with Oscar van Dillen by Charlie Crooijmans was published on New Music Now 24 March 2022.
The making of Oneirology 3
Oscar van Dillen and Henri Tournier met in 1996 at Codarts Rotterdam, where they were colleagues for over two decades. After their intense involvement in pedagogy and teaching activities, they now created space for this artistic collaboration. Surprisingly, this collaboration started during the second year of online teaching, just when they did not actually meet each other weekly anymore, due to a period of online teaching, faced by the world Covid-19 crisis since spring 2020.
Oneirology turned out to be an excellent way to keep the contact alive and the artistic link strong. As Henri Tournier’s contract with Codarts ended in 2021, the project helped him to create a more positive conclusion to 27 years of teaching in Rotterdam, especially since the final 2 years of online classes was not the most inspiring and easy ending!
Oscar van Dillen shared his project with Henri Tournier and invited him to the collaboration. After a few first tries and experimentations, and a few months later during the summer of 2021, he prepared himself to record the long improvisation of almost one hour needed for the project in one go, two single takes: the first take on the C transverse flute, and the second on the octobass flute, a beautiful instrument made by the French flute maker Jean-Yves Roosen, with a huge tessiture of more than 3 octaves, the lower note being an A one minor third lower than the lowest C of the cello.
Tournier sent his recording to van Dillen who performed an impressive mixing, mastering, and producing job, finally integrating the instrumental and electronic sound worlds, with the result sounding like a live concert recording of a trio. Meanwhile the two artists kept in touch online up to the end of the full achievement of the creation.
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Full information on label website
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