Most of the material for this piece was created in 2017 during many hours of night-time work sessions in a then standard environment consisting of the Roland-MKS80, Oberheim OBMX, Jomox SUNSYN, and Alesis ANDROMEDA-A6 synthesizers, which were controlled in parallel by a shared keyboard.
The intuitive improvisational approach doesn’t distinguish between sound design and composition. The microtonal scaling of the fundamental tones played on the keyboard is ultimately analogous to the distribution of the frequencies in the sounds produced on the respective instruments. Created in a sound-design-improvisation-composition these differently drifting layers merge into an all-encompassing sound experienced by the author as a colour field (green-yellow tones, which is very unusual), and without temporally and spatially discrete objects. The properties, or rather, look-and-feel qualities of this field are, for instance, viscosity, temperature, density, and emptiness, but also homogeneity, from a leaden pasty to a crumbly, granulated consistency. This description is an attempt to put intuitive experience and creation into words. And creation here doesn’t mean activity with the aim of doing something to achieve a goal, but flooding a space and drifting in it or actually sinking into it.
Composition as formatting is the spectacles through which something from these sessions becomes visible. Because it will be heard, it is organised within the precise framework of a listening situation intended to be interactive. However, turning your head won’t earn you any event nuggets in this virtual environment. Here, head movement means the endless jactations of the children of the night.
Die Komposition von Ulf Langheinrich ist eine Auftragskomposition der ORF musikprotokoll. Ein Projekt von ORF musikprotokoll. Konzept, Produktion: Fränk Zimmer. IEM – Koordination: Robert Höldrich, IEM – Technische Entwicklung: Matthias Frank, Franz Zotter und Lukas Gölles. In Kooperation mit dem Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik der Kunstuniversität Graz – IEM, SHAPE – Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe. Gefördert durch das Programm „Creative Europe“ der Europäischen Union.