Saturday
03. October 2009

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Tom Johnson Galileo

Legendary composer and sound mathematician Tom Johnson kicks off with another take of “Galileo” (2001/03)—piece of music and musical instrument at the same time, developed by Johnson himself—live on Minoritenplatz. The pendulums of various lengths on a frame are controlled and played following mathematical criteria and the character of their individual swinging frequencies. The composition relates to an anecdote according to which Galilei was observing the lamps in the Pisa Cathedral swinging in the wind. This triggered Johnson to elaborate on the relation between numerical systems and sounds (see also the announcement for Friday, October 2). With extraordinary concepts Tom Johnson also became known as a master of simplification. He has composed works of extremely reduced sound inventory, among others a one-hour opera solely based on four notes (Four note opera, 1972), placing his work in the vicinity of minimal music.


 

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