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Simon Steen-Andersen

Black Box Music

Premiere: Ultima, Oslo. 2012

Oslo Sinfonietta, Håkon Stene

BBM HCMF 2012 photo by Alex Beldea.jpg

Photo: Alex Beldea

Black Box Music is scored for percussion solo, amplified box, 15 instruments and video.


The starting point is the classical soloist-conductor, only in this case, the conducting and solo part are one and the same. The setting is a traditional theatre stage with curtains, props and light; only in this case, the stage is also an instrument.

Black Box Music could be said to be a deconstruction of conducting and puppet theatre as well as an exploration and exploitation of the audio/visual relations inherent in conducting and staging. The “grand show” is in three movements, starting with ‘Ouverture’ and ‘Disambiguation’ and then finishing off with a festive, pompous, self-imploding ‘Finale’.

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