UTOPIAS - Radical Interpretations of Iconic Works for Percussion (2018)

Feldman, Xenakis

Kjell Tore Innervik

UTOPIAS - Radical Interpretations of Iconic Works for Percussion

Kjell Tore Innervik performs Morton Feldman's The King of Denmark and Iannis Xenakis's Psappha, exploring the intimate performing space with large format recording techniques, engaging the listener in immersive audio. The Xenakis was recorded twice: once from the perspective of an intimate listener, and a second time literally "over-head", giving a first-persona perspective. The difference not only in microphone technique but also in the performer's state of mind and how he projects his playing has a profound impact on the listening experience.

Radical Interpretations of Iconic Musical Works for Percussion (2013–2017) was an interdisciplinary artistic research project hosted at the Norwegian Academy of Music (2013–2017) in collaboration with the Oslo Academy of the Arts, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Westerdals Oslo ACT and 2L through the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.

The beauty of the Recording Arts is that there is no fixed formula and no blueprint. It all comes out of the music. Every project starts out by digging into the score and talking with the composer, if contemporary, and the musicians. It is not our task as producers and engineers to try to re-create a concert situation with all its commercial limitations. On the contrary, we should make the ideal out of the recording medium and create the strongest illusion, the sonic experience that emotionally moves the listener to a better place.

A utopia, a non-existent place, is a projection where there are no constraints of practicality, nothing to hold you back. Such is our approach to the music on this album. In each piece of music we endeavour, using all the resources at out disposal, to unite the composer, performer, recording artist and listener, and to take them at least some of the way to a utopia. We envisage him or her experiencing a whole series of small-scale moments that offer a projection of the music where there are no constraints, and where the experience aspires to a kind of mini-utopia. It therefore seemed fitting to use the Greek symbol µ, often used as a prefix denoting smallness, in a typographical "subtitle" to this album: µtopias

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Kjell Tore Innervik

Kjell Tore Innervik, percussionist from Narvik in Arctic Norway, graduated in 2004 from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo with a Diploma in Solo Percussion, and has since explored music, performance and music making in an ever deeper search for the performer within himself. During a three-year fellowship at the Norwegian Academy of Music, he commissioned music for his artistic research project Quartertonamarimba. He continued at the Academy with a four-year post-doctorate exploring sound, extended percussion instruments, interfaces and electronics through improvisation, and co-creating music in close collaboration with composers. Innervik has also given the world premiere of numerous works for percussion.

Innervik has said that he was drawn to an interest in the roots of musicianship and to an exploration of the field of interpretation. “I wanted to put our interpretation of modern classics in a wider perspective,” he says, “and to give my own shake-up to the tradition. This meant I had to be ready to take risks, and to work hard at my craft. One of the paths I took was into the music of Xenakis and Feldmann, and a sample of the results can be heard on this album. I say ‘a sample’ because I devoted approximately a thousand hours to each piece, with preparations, careful thought, explorations, continual testing, rehearsing, re-thinking, more rehearsing: all in all, constantly searching further and further until I felt I was free to give a voice – a sound – to my choices, and to physically perform them into audible expressions.”

photo: from booklet 2L141

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UTOPIAS - Radical Interpretations of Iconic Works for Percussion (2018)

Feldman, Xenakis

Kjell Tore Innervik

    QuadraphonicQuad

This is sparse, challenging percussion work with crazy dynamic range and remarkable overall engineering. Iannis Xenakis's Psappha is reimagined and recorded twice here with the second version placing the listener in the center of the action on that track. Highly recommended.

UTOPIAS - Radical Interpretations of Iconic Works for Percussion (2018)

Feldman, Xenakis

Kjell Tore Innervik

Digital Converters: Merging Technologies, Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Microphones: DPA and AEA
Recording Engineer: Beatrice Johannessen
Recording location: Jar Church, Norway June 2015 and June 2016
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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