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Raw

Åke Parmerud

Programme notes

The piece was made for an event produced by Geiger, a new music organization in Gothenburg (Sweden), where I live. I wanted to make a “noisy” piece since Geiger somehow tends to prefer noise music for their events.

Raw was made from one sound source only which is the most uncontrollable software synth I have ever encountered: Skrewell produced by Native Instruments. I decided to use its “raw” output, not trying to perfect the sound in any way, not adding any processing nor effects.

Raw finally came out as a kind of composed improvisation where I combined prerecorded material with live performance. Of course it was a complete failure taken as a noise piece. I guess I reached my limits as a musical chameleon in this case, but I am still quite happy with the final outcome — created in less than a week.

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Raw was realized in 2013 at the composer’s studio in Gothenburg (Sweden) and premiered on April 13, 2013 during the GEIGERs Aprilfest 2013 in Gothenburg. The piece was commissioned by Geiger.

Premiere

  • April 13, 2013, GEIGERs Aprilfest 2013: Concert, Skjul Fyra Sex, Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Composer(s): Åke Parmerud
  • Year of composition: 2013
  • Instrumentation: 24-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: Geiger
  • ISWC: T9104667596
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Duration: 17:33
  • ISRC: CAD502210010