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Polygon Window

Polygon Window

[Perpetuum immobile]

after Aphex Twin’s 'Polygon Window'


  • Instrumentation: solo violin (amplified), 2 pianos, vibraphone, 5 marimbas and 5 percussionists
  • Edition: performance material
  • Order No.: LSL 10000-01

Description
When I was asked to prepare a track by Aphex Twin for the London Sinfonietta in 2005 my first job was to find a suitable track. After listening to three of their albums I finally decided upon the title track from Polygon Window (Surfing On Sine Waves) as I felt that this track had chord and rhythmic elements that could be utilised in a way that would be interesting.

After all, the idea of a form that is polygonal (many sided) and refractory (window) intrigued me. I was sure from the beginning that I didn't want to make a version that simply replicated the CD track in real time. Many people could have done that and I was unconvinced that such a version would be of any real interest. My idea in developing the Aphex Twin track was to gradually morph the track into a much more complicated form. A highly complex acoustic texture and a meeting of both musical worlds was my goal.

What I hoped to achieve was a representation of the original submerged within a kaleidoscopic view of itself, becoming greater than the sum of its original parts. One early reviewer called my version of Aphex Twin "an overpowering tsunami." At the least, I hoped to create a new entity refracted through external contemporary classical music influences.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the South Bank Centre
Difficulty: difficult
Performance duration: 6' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 12. März 2004 London, Royal Festival Hall (UK) · Dirigent: Jurjen Hempel · London Sinfonietta
Year of composition: 2003
instrumentation: vn solo(amplified)-5perc(I: 2sizzle cyms, h.h, sus cym, small side dr, medium side dr, police whistle;II: clav, b.d, tri, vibraslap;III: low cong, bng, thunder sheet, sus cym;IV: bng, kit bass drum, guiro, mark tree;V: h.h, tam-t, vibraslap)-vib.5mar(3.tam-t)-2pno
Performances
Orchestra: RNCM Percussion Ensemble
2015-04-23 | Manchester (United Kingdom), RNCM Concert Hall — 19:30
2009-05-08 | London (United Kingdom), Royal College of Music
Conductor: Neil Percy
Orchestra: Royal Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble
2006-03-24 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Academy of Music, Duke's Hall
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-09-22 | Torino (Italy), Lingotto — 21.00 h Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-06-10 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ | national Premiere
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-05-11 | Gateshead (United Kingdom), The Sage
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-05-07 | Brugge (Belgium), Concertgebouw | national Premiere
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-05-04 | Roma (Italy), Parco della Musica | national Premiere
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-05-01 | Zaragoza (Spain), Auditorio | national Premiere
Conductor: Franck Ollu
Orchestra: Members of the State Philharmonic Orchestra Bialystok
2004-05-13 | Warszawa (Poland) | national Premiere
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-27 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), Philharmonic Hall
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-26 | Brighton (United Kingdom), Dome
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-16 | Basingstoke (United Kingdom), The Anvil
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-13 | Coventry (United Kingdom), Warwick Arts Centre
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-12 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall | World Premiere
When I was asked to prepare a track by Aphex Twin for the London Sinfonietta in 2005 my first job was to find a suitable track. After listening to three of their albums I finally decided upon the title track from Polygon Window (Surfing On Sine Waves) as I felt that this track had chord and rhythmic elements that could be utilised in a way that would be interesting.

After all, the idea of a form that is polygonal (many sided) and refractory (window) intrigued me. I was sure from the beginning that I didn't want to make a version that simply replicated the CD track in real time. Many people could have done that and I was unconvinced that such a version would be of any real interest. My idea in developing the Aphex Twin track was to gradually morph the track into a much more complicated form. A highly complex acoustic texture and a meeting of both musical worlds was my goal.

What I hoped to achieve was a representation of the original submerged within a kaleidoscopic view of itself, becoming greater than the sum of its original parts. One early reviewer called my version of Aphex Twin "an overpowering tsunami." At the least, I hoped to create a new entity refracted through external contemporary classical music influences.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the South Bank Centre
Difficulty: difficult
Performance duration: 6' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 12. März 2004 London, Royal Festival Hall (UK) · Dirigent: Jurjen Hempel · London Sinfonietta
Year of composition: 2003
instrumentation: vn solo(amplified)-5perc(I: 2sizzle cyms, h.h, sus cym, small side dr, medium side dr, police whistle;II: clav, b.d, tri, vibraslap;III: low cong, bng, thunder sheet, sus cym;IV: bng, kit bass drum, guiro, mark tree;V: h.h, tam-t, vibraslap)-vib.5mar(3.tam-t)-2pno
Orchestra: RNCM Percussion Ensemble
2015-04-23 | Manchester (United Kingdom), RNCM Concert Hall — 19:30
2009-05-08 | London (United Kingdom), Royal College of Music
Conductor: Neil Percy
Orchestra: Royal Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble
2006-03-24 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Academy of Music, Duke's Hall
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-09-22 | Torino (Italy), Lingotto — 21.00 h Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-06-10 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ | national Premiere
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-05-11 | Gateshead (United Kingdom), The Sage
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-05-07 | Brugge (Belgium), Concertgebouw | national Premiere
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-05-04 | Roma (Italy), Parco della Musica | national Premiere
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2005-05-01 | Zaragoza (Spain), Auditorio | national Premiere
Conductor: Franck Ollu
Orchestra: Members of the State Philharmonic Orchestra Bialystok
2004-05-13 | Warszawa (Poland) | national Premiere
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-27 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), Philharmonic Hall
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-26 | Brighton (United Kingdom), Dome
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-16 | Basingstoke (United Kingdom), The Anvil
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-13 | Coventry (United Kingdom), Warwick Arts Centre
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2004-03-12 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall | World Premiere