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Strange and sacred noise

Van Aug 2014 t/m Aug 2014
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The six-part Strange and Sacred Noise is a piece written for four percussionists by the American composer and environmental activist John Luther Adams (1953). After graduating, Adams found himself in Alaska, where he was deeply moved by the landscape and sheer force of nature in the seasons. His compositions are largely based on his experiences during long treks through the wilderness. Adams's ideas about music changed as a result of the way he experienced the silence and sounds of nature. To his mind, music evolves from a primal source of sound, or 'noise' - a complex and chaotic phenomenon encompassing every possible sound. He sees composing as a means of introducing order into this chaos. Strange and Sacred Noise, written between 1991 and 1997, is the first piece he composed according to this philosophy.

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