EMPTY MIND I

for oboe and electronics



Empty Mind I was inspired by the work and the ideas and philosophy of the late American artist Agnes Martin. The work was commissioned by ChampdAction and premiered in Lausanne, Switzerland in March 2014.

In this series Wim Henderickx also composed OBOE CONCERTO (EMPTY MIND I), a commission of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie) in 2014 and a version for RECORDER & ELECTRONICS in 2015.

Empty Mind I has 6 parts (5 + 1), which may be played in any order. The composer's main objective was to try something different regarding time and space. He combined an open form (where the order of the differents parts can be freely chosen) and a closed form (with a clearly defined score). In each section, there is a strictly composed passage that displays a continuity between the parts, and a number of free passages in which the soloist can improvise with the material. A strictly composed melody is repeatedly interrupted by these free elements in which the oboist can use extended techniques such as multiphonics, glissandi, etc.

The electronics consist of a harmonic drone (a tapestry of sound) in the different layers. On the other hand, the sound of the oboe is manipulated in real time, which creates an incredibly rich harmonic spectrum, based solely on the sound of this solo instrument.

As a result of the spatialisation (using geomectric patterns) the sound will fill the entire space. This spatial effect will be enhanced by performing the successive parts in different areas of the performance space.

Piet Van Bockstal performing Empty Mind I in Ghent (Belgium)




RECORDINGS

  Double Cd Wim Henderickx - RELEASE in March 2016
With SYMPHONY N° 1 (At the Edge of the World)
OBOE CONCERTO (Empty Mind I),
GROOVE! and
EMPTY MIND I for oboe and electronics
The Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie),
conductors Martyn Brabbins and Edo de Waart
Available in record shops and online:
defilharmonie-webshop
Empty Mind I for Oboe and Electronics (Epilogue) by Piet Van Bockstal & Jorrit Tamminga

SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)




INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

EMPTY MIND I (2014)
for oboe and electronics
(+/- 15')
commissioned by ChampdAction
first performance: March 3, 2014 in Lausanne (CH)
Piet Van Bockstal, oboe
Jorrit Tamminga, electronics in collaboration with ChampdAction/Studio







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