Live recording from September 2010 of Marina Rosenfeld's 'Teenage Lontano' being performed in Oslo as part of Ultima Festival 2010.
"In 2008, I reconstructed Gyorgy Ligeti’s utopian-modernist 1967 orchestral work 'Lontano' as a vocal composition to be performed by teenagers. For the first performance of the work, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in March 2008, a choir of 34 teenagers sang while listening to 20 discrete vocal scores that I had laboriously transcribed, initially from Ligeti’s hyper-detailed score and later by ear, creating a new score, digital in format and more than twice as long as the original, for transmissal to the performers via headphones and mp3 players. With shared pairs of “earbud”-style headphones distributed to them mostly in pairs, the teenagers were in the interesting and, metaphorically speaking, probably familiar position of hearing, in addition to my (sonic) instructions in one ear, mainly their own voices and the voices of their immediate neighbors in the other, enabling the choir as a whole to produce a series of complex dissonances without resort to written notation. I also encircled both choir and audience with freely interpolated layer of electro-acoustic sounds, which swept the architecture of the site, a former military drill hall, with arcs of abstract sound from a single horn-shaped loudspeaker suspended over the choir and rotating at 33 1/3 r.p.m."
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