Frank Ekeberg - … des cantiques (1997)
… des cantiques is based on excerpts from the Song of Songs from the Old Testament. The reading of this text, processed and unprocessed, is also the main sound source for the composition. The work is a psychological drama, and seeks to expose sides of the human psyche that come into play during loss and desolation. The structure of the piece is closely connected to the content of the text; sometimes merely suggesting the drama of the poem, other times more direct in its expression.
… des cantiques was composed in the composer's private studio and at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland, California, in the spring of 1997.
Frank Ekeberg (b. 1970, Norway) is a composer specializing in electroacoustic music. After receiving his undergraduate degree in music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, he went on to pursue an MFA in electronic music composition at Mills College in Oakland, California, where he studied with Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. At Mills he developed a strong interest in the spatial aspects of acousmatic music composition and performance. He is presently undertaking research in this area at City University in London where he is a doctoral student under Denis Smalley's supervision. Frank Ekeberg's music is presented in venues around the world and has earned several prizes and awards, including a residency in the 1998 Bourges competition.
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