Seven electronic compositions from the end of the sixties
plus one instrumental piece from 1983. This is the content of
the new CD by Albert Mayr that “ants” is proud to present.
Experimentations from near 40 years ago sounding so
“contemporary”, today more than ever.
“In the fifties and sixties of the past century electro-acoustic
music was a very élitist affair; professional equipment was
expensive, not easy to find and could be afforded - in
sufficient quantity to build a full-scale studio - only by
institutions such as universities or broadcasting corporations.
Access to those hieratic places was rather difficult if you did
not belong to one of the contemporary music 'Churches' that
were influential at the time.
This led several composers to put up a small private studio.
This was the case for the studio S 2F M, created in Florence
by Pietro Grossi.
Since the beginning a small group of collaborators (including
myself) worked with Grossi in the S 2F M; we all were
fascinated by the new sound world and Grossi's radicalism. In
fact, through the work with him my attitude toward music (in
the widest sense) changed profoundly.” (Albert Mayr)
“The work in the S 2F M studio was of high rigour, with the
resulting sound structures presented in their brut condition,
without any concession to taste or to smoothing out the
edges, because the essential thing was to experience the
new sound world, to experiment with it.
Albert Mayr’s Proposte Sonore, realized between 1966 and
1969 - partly with the Battimenti materials created earlier by
Pietro Grossi in the Florentine studio -, are certainly a
beautiful example of this line of work. Proposals of new
elements to be integrated in the puzzle; Proposte (proposals),
and not Studies or Exercises and not even Compositions,
presented with the doubts of a listener who is eager to find
out what will happen, and not with the presumption and the
certainties of those who want rather to find than to seek. A
listener who tries to understand and mainly to perceive how
‘the sounds coming from the machine stay together’. It is, on
the one hand, this pioneer aspect, and, on the other, the
freshness of the results that create the interest and pleasure
one proves when listening to these pieces.” (Giuseppe
1) PROPOSTA SONORA I 6'12"
2) PROPOSTA SONORA IV 6'11"
3) PROPOSTA SONORA V 7'32"
4) PROPOSTA SONORA VII 8'00"
5) PROPOSTA SONORA X 3'44"
6) AN OLD LADY'S WALLPAPER 5'10"
7) PROPOSTA SONORA XIII 10'13"
8) ABENDGRUN 5'43"