1ST JULY 2001
VENUE HOXTON HALL, 130 HOXTON STREET, LONDON N1
£8 (£7 CONCESSIONS)
quadraphonic tape work launches us on an extraterrestrial
journey involving three orbits of the earth, interlaced
with live instrumentals that represent the indigenous
cultures below. The pre-digital electronic montage is
fresh from the seventies, and this performance revives
Intermodulations pioneering ventures of that era.
An ironic commentary
on NASAs early adventures in space.
TIM SOUSTER (1943
As an authority
on the avant-garde and as a pioneering figure in his
own right, Tim Souster was a significant figure in British
music during his lifetime. A disciple of Stockhausen
(whom he assisted between 1971 and 1973), he nevertheless
followed his own path as a composer and performer, guided
by an eclectic artistic personality that made his work
a fascinating blend of popular and serious styles.
Known for his
infamous introduction of The Soft Machine to the Proms
in 1974 and his appearances on the BBCs Masterchef
programme, Tim was a unique character. From his arrangements
for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to his
work with Stockhausen Tim was one of the most versatile
composers of his generation who finally burned himself
out combining too many deadlines with a life at top
studio at Windsor Road was to become one of those essential,
unrepeatable places that summarise it all:
the energy, experimentation, vitality, hard work, rebellious
open mindedness - many of the characteristics of the
now-derided 1960s. His clear thinking, rational (yet
committed) defence of the contemporary in art and music
were a formidable weapon in those years against the
conservatives - perhaps even the conservative modernists!
- within the music establishment
It is difficult
to say how the 21st century will treat pioneers.
Of course we should not perform works just because they
are historically interesting: Tims work is much
more than that." Simon Emmerson, Editor of Music,
Electronic Media and Culture
World Music is
a large scale composition for alternating sections of
tape and instrumental music which converge at the end,
the piece is based on the idea of writing several musical
orbits of the earth, as if a satellite were encompassing
the earth in 360 seconds (=360 degrees of a circle),
its path over the various countries, seas, oceans, and
islands suggesting (or rather determining) certain kinds
of material, certain formal proportions.
West German Radio, the tape part for World Music was
completed in 1974 although since the last performance
in 1981 all copies of the tape part have decayed beyond
salvation bar one the original 1 inch master.
This master was transferred at Abbey Road Studios,
London from analogue to a digital format to enable the
work to be performed. The first performance of the whole
composition was given by Intermodulations in the Beethovenhalle,
Bonn in December 1974 as part of the West German Radios
series of public concerts Musik der Zeit.
A new scoring for 8 players was completed in January
1980 and it is this version that will be performed in
2001. Peter Britton, a founding member of Intermodulation,
will direct a new ensemble of professional musicians
from the Cambridge area for the performance of this
stimulus to the composition of Zorna came from a BBC
television documentary by Tom Mangold shown last summer
, on the global structure of drug trafficking
and addiction. At about the same time as this film was
shown I happened to make the acquaintance of the Turkish
oboe (the zurna). Ever since then I knew I must write
a piece in which these two stimuli would fuse in a single
monochrome musical paroxysm. This eventually became
Zorna. In composing my paroxysm (NB the German for anger
is Zorn), I was concerned to achieve a form which is
at the same time strictly unitary and constantly evolving."
Zorna was first
performed by Intermodulation at a BBC Promenade Concert
of tape transfer and ensemble rehearsal is available.
Hoxton Hall will be the venue for a unique evening of
music. Preceded by interviews and talks about British
electroacoustic music of the 1970s and more specifically
about Tim himself, the concert will feature a performance
by John Harle of the haunting, Zorna followed by the
first performance since 1981 of World Music for electronics
and 8 players.