Two key voices in contemporary experimental sound appear at HAU2 for differing takes on adventurous traditions.
The world premiere of Perceptual Geography, a new piece by Thomas Ankersmit, is inspired by and dedicated to Maryanne Amacher, an influential, uncompromising and persistent sound artist. Marking 10 years since the sonic pioneer’s passing, Perceptual Geography takes its name from a concept initiated by Amacher, which can be understood as the three-dimensional arrangement or choreography of sonic phenomena. Her extensive research on perception, psychoacoustic phenomena, sound spatialization, aural architecture, and expanding the role of the listener will form the basis of the piece. Considered by Ankersmit’s as one of his greatest inspirations, Amacher met the synthesist in 2000, and the two remained friends up until her death. Furthermore, Ankersmit’s main instrument, the Serge Modular Synthesizer, was developed by Amacher’s partner Serge Tcherepnin.
Cellist Lucy Railton will also present Paradise 94, her debut album released on Modern Love in 2018. Emerging from a long-term engagement with contemporary music, her recent work exists between modern instrumentalism, hard edged electronic composition, and expressive musique concrète. The record continues her investigations into the acoustic and synthesised capacities of her instrument, merging the cello with archival recordings that narrate an autobiographical journey through layers of musique concrète, sampled organ, euphoric synths, industrial noise, and speech.
Lucy Railton is supported by the SHAPE platform, which is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Thomas Ankersmit is supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands, and Perceptual Geography is supported by musikfonds.
Cellist Lucy Railton released her debut album, Paradise 94, on Modern Love in 2018. Emerging from a long-term engagement with contemporary music, her recent work exists between modern instrumentalism, hard edged electronic composition and expressive musique concrète.
CTM Festival are proud to host the world premiere of “Perceptual Geography” by Thomas Ankersmit, a solo performance inspired by - and dedicated to - the pioneering research of legendary American sound artist Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009).