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Ten Musicians Updating Electroacoustic Music for the 21st Century

Koenraad

Koenraad

Electroacoustic music has a long, winding history that defies a quick summary. It began around the time John Cage realized—with 1939’s Imaginary Landscape No. 1that you could use electronic audio equipment to manipulate the speed at which recorded tones were played back during a performance, and you could also pair those warped tones with pianos and other live instrumentation. That fusion of electric and live acoustics laid the foundations for electroacoustic music, and it has since mutated to incorporate elements of musique concrète, tape music, and electronic music, adapting faithfully to each new wave of technology.

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Composer Gosheven’s New Album Is About Personal Transformation

Gosheven

Gosheven is the solo project of Bálint Szabó, a Hungarian experimental artist, guitarist, and improviser. He is most notably known for being a member of 12z, which is described as a “collective dedicated to building musical structures by free electro-acoustic improvisation.” Leaper, released in May 2017, is Gosheven’s debut.

Having studied different tuning systems for several years, Gosheven uses a number of them on this record—including Japanese koto and Pythagorean tuning. The use of these alternate tunings opens up new sonic worlds to the listener. Overall, this music is strange and fascinating, built on unconventional structures and broad textures. At one point, Leaper sounds like traditional tribal music; elsewhere, it dips into drone and ambient sounds, experimental guitar composition and organ-driven church music.

But these experiments are more than just musical exploration; Leaper tells the story of an internal and very personal transformation. Gosheven himself calls this change a metamorphosis, a change from a caterpillar into a butterfly, and it’s helped him realize what’s important in human life. We spoke about this intense experience, and stepping out to make music on his own.

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