We proudly present an exceptional audiovisual concert by a stunning pioneer of electronic music, and CTM.11 guest of honor: Morton Subotnick. This event marks a further milestone in the Festival's spectacular series of performances by trailblazers in the world of electronic music.
As composer and performer, Subotnick was the first to fathom the full potential of the synthesizer: from the outset in the early 1960ies his vision and his goal as an artist was to directly control all the musical parameters during live performance in realtime. A goal that wasn't easy to reach and came about 15 years later with a Buchla synthesizer, that finally combined the richness of analogue sound with a realm of digital possibility.
This evening, In collaboration with Berlin video artist Lillevan and South-Korean pianist SooJin Anjou, Morton Subotnick will play his three-part composition 'Silver Apples of the Moon Revisited', in which he will be tracing a line from two world-renowned pieces from the analogue past – 'Silver Apples of the Moon' (1967) and 'Wild Bulls' (1968) – thru' to the digital present. For this 90-minute German premiere, as in his work generally, Subotnick draws on a broad range of techniques that have decisively shaped the progression of electronic music between the analogue and the digital. He naturally employs a Buchla synthesizer in combination with a computer and human voice. In collaboration with SooJin Anjou the composition takes up themes from his Electronic Ghost Scores
, in which Subotnick subjects the sounds of acoustic instruments to real time manipulation and deploys performers as live control voltages
to generate sound. Adding video artist Lillevan to the piece, he further explores his longstanding interest in intermedial arrangements.
Besides the Opening Concert, Morton Subotnick will present an A/V piece in the CineChamber
and will hold a lecture on Thursday within the Pioneers program
, which will offer insight into his ideas, the creation of music in the wake of the Technological Big Bang and trace the various stages of his life's work.
The CTM.11 Opening Concert is kindly supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and Berlin audio software company Ableton.
› Tickets › 18 € box office / 13 € concessions and second balcony
› doors open 19:30