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Big Data
Big Data – the title reveals the defining themes of this recording! The Decoder Ensemble considers the possibilities and consequences of the limitless availability of media in the digital age. All of the pieces here focus in different ways on common contemporary practices like remixing, copying & pasting, sampling, and recycling.
Big Data


Erwin Schulhoff: Ironien. Klavierwerke
Born in Prague in 1894, Schulhoff – the son of German-Jewish parents and a staunch Communist – died of pneumonia in a concentration camp and his music fell into obscurity. That makes this recording all the more important as a document of the dazzlingly varied output of this remarkable composer from the period between the two world wars.
Erwin Schulhoff: Ironien. Klavierwerke


Edition Musikfabrik: Erbe
Like hardly any other personality in music history, Harry Partch has freed himself from the constraints of musical conventions. He has not only left the beaten paths of the conservatories, but has also developed his own microtonal sound system, which he has captured in spectacularly beautiful, archaically wild yet angularly modern instruments that are indispensable for a live performance.
Edition Musikfabrik: Erbe


Manfred Trojahn: Streichquartett Nr. 2
Manfred Trojahn was invited to the Villa Massimo in Rome in 1979/80 to work on his Second String Quartet, which had been commissioned by Radio France. What initially seemed like a golden opportunity for a young composer turned out to be a difficult period in Trojahn’s life, and this was reflected in the quartet, which moves restlessly between emotional outbursts, stasis, brusqueness, and moments of almost tender lyricism.
Manfred Trojahn: Streichquartett Nr. 2


Coriún Aharonián: Una Carta
Coriún Aharonián’s work is characterized by bold gestures and explosive debates. The intensity of this composer’s active engagement with his historical and contemporary environment gives rise to powerful and energetic sounds rooted in the culture of Latin American political resistance.
Coriún Aharonián: Una Carta


Enno Poppe: Rundfunk
Enno Poppe’s “Rundfunk” celebrates musicians and the act of performing, and thus could be called “post-digital” music. It returns human physicality to electronic music in the bodies of those performing it. In “Rundfunk for nine synthesizers” Enno Poppe uses historical sounds – not historical instruments; the instrumentation consists of nine Computers and nine keyboards. The sounds come from the l960s and 70s.
Enno Poppe: Rundfunk


Peter Eötvös: Halleluja | Alle Vittime senza Nome
“Halleluja – Oratorium balbulum” is a portrait of the times in which we live, says Peter Eötvös. It is a sarcastic work with postmodern medley passages across music history.
Alle vittime senza nome [To the Nameless Victims], a purely instrumental work, makes no use of language and nevertheless succeeds in conveying the images and experiences of our time.
Peter Eötvös: Halleluja | Alle Vittime senza Nome


Morton Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field
Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field is a major composition, not only in modern American music but in 20th-century music per se. The composer plays with the musical memory of his recipients and thus creates timeless spheres: In minimally varying patterns, the listener experiences a trance-like avant-garde event in which past, present and future cancel each other out.
Morton Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field