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Under development as part of a Faster Than Sound:LAB project for children and computer mice, Mira Calix and Memo Akten’s new composition draws inspiration from Ligeti’s La Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes and Varèse’s La Poème Electronique. Using a computer game to generate its musical material, rhythmic mouse clicks of the performers are amplified, mixed and diffused, mimicking Ligeti’s iconic original. The composers are joined by a group of young people to present work in progress.
Faster Than Sound:LAB receives generous support from
Faster Than Sound is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation
We are currently accepting bookings from Friends (from 31 January). Advanced Booking opens from 22 February; General Booking will open on Tuesday 8 March
György Ligeti, who died five years ago on 12 June 2006, was a giant figure in the twentieth century, a huge influence in the music of today, and an energetic and sorely missed presence in the world’s concert halls and opera houses. His music is an alluring and captivating synthesis of precision and freedom, traditional forms and brilliantly conceived experiments.
Here is a strange and radiant beauty, an attractive immediacy and a mischievous charm and wit at play. He is a leading figure of the avant garde yet with discernible routes to his musical and geographical ancestry, a modernist with an enduring and widespread appeal.
Exactly five years since his death, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, so closely associated with his music, has gathered a thrilling line-up of musicians to commemorate, celebrate and honour the freewheeling, adventurous spirit of one of music’s great originals.
Supported by Peter and Veronica Lofthouse