erasure.rupture (2016)

selected by DIstractfold for the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt 'historage' project 2016
published on the 'historage' festival CD

presented at Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music 2016
presented at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2016

This reworking of archive recordings explores the concept of the 'point zéro'/'blank page' that was present during the early years of the Darmstadt Summer Course. Specifically, how the attempt to begin again 'from nothing', from an erasure of what has just happened, is undermined by itself; rather than opening a clear and free new beginning, this intention puts what comes next under an immense but invisible pressure. The attempts to inscribe totally new work upon this supposed blank page are captured by signs of rupture, buckling, shadows and resonances. This capture is what I explore here: the sense of a fracturing blank page, of pre-existing resonances and lines encircling, emerging and rupturing from the attempts to make new inscriptions.

The version below was mastered by Richard Scott.