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Gerard Pape

Ascension to Purgatory

Label: Mode

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

In stock


This is Pape's third monographic CD with Mode Records. Whereas his last Mode CD ("Electro-acoustic Chamber Works", released in 1998) presented his ground breaking works of 1993-1996, this new CD presents a selection of his more recent pieces composed from 1998 to 2004.

While Pape continues his fascination with composing with chaotic sound in Le Fleuve du Désir IV and Weaveworld Prologue, it is his new approach to composing with packets of granular time that predominates on this CD.

In La Naissance du Son, sound is born from pulsating rhythmic noise that gradually attains discernible timbre and pitch.

For Maurizio is the first piece in which Pape explores temporal flow in composition as deriving, not from fixed durations or steady beat, but rather as a consequence of composing continuously speeding up and slowing down scales of tempo pulsations - regulating the speed of pulsating/oscillating sound elements. This new approach to time is further enriched by the use of computer generated sequences of percussive sound that are mixed "live" with a virtuoso part for percussion solo in the Ascension to Purgatory piece.

The works are performed by world-class soloists and ensembles.

Cat. number: mode 167

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