Elements 1: Hydrogen Deuterium Tritium
The series Elements are digital compositions which have a more static, installation-like character, crossing the border between musical and spatial composition, linking up music and architecture, both arts concerning Space.
Van Dillen’s compositions in the series Elements can be listened to in several ways. Traditionally these are: privately over loudspeakers or headphones, or in a concert situation, that somewhat awkward setting where a group of interested people are sitting immobile and listening to what comes out precorded out of a professional loudspeaker system, with no apparent performers in sight.
Each of the Elements is created to be able to stand on its own, as a deeply composed and serious work of art, to be enjoyed on its own. Yet the Elements series as a whole has also been conceived to work and sound together as a larger ensemble: a potential meta-symphony of works, to be exhibited and enjoyed in an architectural sound installation of a variety of Elements.
For installation playback of the series Elements, van Dillen proposes this option of creating simultaneously playing (looping) versions of various Elements widely spaced apart over a large space or several neighbouring spaces. Listeners could actively move around through the music, and choose to linger or sit in certain spots for some time.
In the music of H D T (the abbreviated title of this work) one becomes aware of a music as time-place to linger in, rather than music mostly as an abstract story unfolding a plot in time. In this sense the music of all compositions in the Elements cycle does away with the classical concepts of form, and ventures into new territory with forms more akin perhaps to Calder’s giant mobiles, always in motion and therefore different but also the same objects. But the music here is not an object, nor a collection of objects, but composed to make one enter into the very fabric of sound and sound perception.
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