Composing Spaces 2

In April 2013, the Royal Conservatoire's Institute of Sonology organised a festival and symposium entitled Composing Spaces: Spatial Music from Gabrieli to the 21st Century. In partnership with the Early Music department and the percussion department, the event featured instrumental and electronic music involving spatial placement of sound sources and/or musicians. The Groupe de Recherches Musicales from Paris brought their Acousmonium and The Game of Life installed their Wave Field Synthesis system.

Precisely ten years later, its successor Composing Spaces 2 has arrived. On 12, 13 and 14 April 2023 the event will again include concerts and lectures devoted to the theme of ‘composed space’. Besides music that is played spatially, the programme also includes pieces in which impressions of existing spaces are translated into music, such as the orchestral works Amériques by Edgard Varèse and Central Park in the Dark by Charles Ives. A particular highlight will be Luigi Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar… Andrei Tarkovskij (1987), a work for seven instrumental groups arranged around the audience.


Sound installation (Re)Sounding the Spui
composed by Danya Pilchen, Otso Aho, Ida Hirsenfelder, Gaia Heichal, Je Min Choi and Nursinem Aslan.

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Lecture by Raviv Ganchrow: Archeoacoustics: Hearing Spaces from the Past

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  1. Daryna Mamaisur and Anna Khvyl:
    A Steppe with Rabbits and Pheasants Running Around, and Where Some Even Saw Foxes (audiovisual fixed media, 8-channel sound)
  2. Hilde Wollenstein:
    Please Stop Yelling At Me, I Don’t Know What I Want (multichannel fixed media)
  3. Cathy van Eck:
    Wings (three performers and live electronics)
    performed by Cathy van Eck, Ioannis Michos and Danya Pilchen
  4. Giulia Francavilla:
    Flow States #3 (16-channel fixed media)
  5. Teresa Carrasco:
    FLYSCH (violin, baritone sax, accordion, percussion, live electronics)
    performed by Leslee Smucker, Alejandro Fenollosa, Kaat Vanhaverbeke, Rubén Castillo del Pozo and Teresa Carrasco
  6. Jonty Harrison:
    Espaces cachés (16-channel fixed media)
  7. Sonology Electroacoustic Ensemble
    improvised music in a spatial setting

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Presentation PhD-project from ACPA student Siamak Anvari, titled 'Materialization of fixed media electroacoustic music'. The presentation will feature music fragments by Siamak Anvari himself and scenes from his film regarding this subject matter.

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  1. Charles Ives:
    The Unanswered Question
  2. Luigi Nono:
    No hay caminos, hay que caminar… Andrei Tarkovskij
  3. Charles Ives:
    Central Park in the Dark
  4. Edgard Varèse:
Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire conducted by Gregory Charette.

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  1. Lezing door Margherita Brillada: Webcasting: Musing on radio spaces
  2. Lezing door Stefan Weinzierl: Binaural synthesis as a tool for computer music and sound art
  3. Lezing door Teresa Carrasco: Shaping timbre in space
  4. Lezing door Veniero Rizzardi: “Nostalgia for the future”. Form, sound, space in Luigi Nono’s late works

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  1. Iannis Xenakis:
    Pléïades (percussion ensemble) 45’
    performed by João Brito, Porter Ellerman, Gonçalo Martins, Boldizsár Szöllősi, Te-Ping Teng and Kalina Vladovska
  2. Luigi Nono:
    La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura
    (violin, 8-channel tape and 6–10 music stands) 60’
    performed by Leslee Smucker (violin) and Veniero Rizzardi (sound projection)

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Composing Spaces 2



Wed 12 April 2023 15.30 - Fri 14 April 2023 22.00


New Music Lab, Conservatoriumzaal and Concertzaal Amare, The Hague

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Registration is recommended for the evening program in the Concertzaal on 13 April. Make your ticket reservation

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