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16th July 2016 Youngblood Gallery 12:00noon Premiere performance / digital album release
Maxim Starcke - Cape Dimensions
The work Cape Dimensions connects directly to Starcke’s dissertation Aspects of Landscape Music (2012). It was composed during his Masters in Composition studies at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. Although this work was not included as part of his official composition portfolio at the time, it stands as a residual, acousmatic sound piece exploring concepts and effects discussed within the dissertation. Starcke used several field recordings that he made at various sites in the Western Cape which include Betty’s Bay, Kalk Bay, Swellendam, Darling, Salt River etc, arranged with electric guitar, electric bass, voice and laptop/synthesizer samples which were digitally constructed and manipulated into various sonic scenes and soundscapes.
Cape Dimensions is essentially designed to instigate imagery of personal memory in the listener’s mind - as well as that of the more phantasmagorical elements of nature and humanity, in other words transport the listener to ‘other’ imaginative spaces. It can be related to the festival theme of Infrastructures in the sense of our natural biospheres and ultrastructures. One might think of the vast mycelium network within the lands soil; the weather patterns that effect our agriculture; our vein- and artery-like roads and transportation systems; farm lands, rivers and mountainous geographic formations; the linking of these places and spaces between reality and imagination. A familiar yet alien and immersive sound world.
This premiere will be an extended arrangement for live performance including additional instrumental layers.
Frank Mallows - cymbals, bows, vibraphone
Brydon Bolton - double bass, electronics
Maxim Starcke - laptop, electric guitar, soprano saxophone, electronics, samples, field recordings, composition
Cape Dimensions will be available for digital download via www.maximstarcke.com from the 16th July.
Cover painting by Helmut Starcke