SOMA003 / Iancu Dumitrescu
Pierres Sacrées / Hazard and Tectonics
Pierre Sacrées 13:31
For prepared piano, metallic plates and objects.
Composed in 1989-1991.
Realized in Studios Hyperion, Bucharest 1989-1990.
Originally released on Edition Modern EDMN 1003 CD (1991)
Hazard and Tectonics 15:58
Computer assisted music.
Commission of Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2013.
Realized in Studios Hyperion, Bucharest 2009-2013.
Originally releassed on Edition Modern EDMN 1029 CD (2013).
Dedicated to Ilan Volkov.
Music composed, performed & produced Iancu Dumitrescu.
Vinyl cut at 45 rpm by CGB at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, July 2013.
Front cover photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Ideologic Organ curation and art direction by Stephen O’Malley
Born in Romania in 1944 Iancu Dumitrescu is one of the a leading personalities in contemporary music, whose significance embraces composition, interpretation and philosophy of music. His music and ideas are increasingly influential, centered on the idea of acousmatics and on the phenomenological approach he learned from Sergiu Celibidache, which Dumitrescu applies to the composition itself. Acousmatics represents for Dumitrescu not only ‘the art of disguising a sonic source’ in a concrete approach, but the very metaphor of the sound, infinite, cryptic alchemy applied to the sound material.
Dumitrescu’s activity as a musicologist, composer and performer (conductor) intersects from the very beginning.
In 1978. he receives a Scholarship from Sergiu Celibidache in Germany, therefore Dumitrescu embarks on systematic studies of general and musical phenomenology, and also conducting at the University of Trier and Munich. He adopts the Husserlian phenomenological perspective that has led to important theoretical crystallization and to fertile creative conclusions, placing in question the principles of academic composition.
According to Iancu Dumitrescu, this is the first time phenomenology is utilized as a true method of composition, which throws into query essential concepts, nevertheless hidden at that time: inspiration, vision, creativity, imagination.
Iancu Dumitrescu is considered one of the leaders of the spectral music trend worldwide. In 1976 he founded the Hyperion Ensemble, proposing a new aesthetic in today’s music, hyper-spectral, based on the radiant power of sound, within its microcosmic complexity — which is questioned, analyzed, recomposed from a spectral perspective. Dumitrescu is also founder and artistic director of the International Music Festivals of Computer Assisted Music, Acousmania, Musica Nova, Musica Viva and the International Spectral Music Festival, Spectrum XXI – held annually in three European capitals. His music is performed all over the world, with different ensembles, soloists and orchestras. As a Blodget artist in Residence at the Harvard University he shared his methods and techniques of composition to the students graduates in composition. His output includes more than 300 works, chamber music, electroacoustic, orchestral music, computer music, etc.
His work is edited by Salabert (Paris), Editura Musicala (Bucharest) Gerig Musikverlage-Schott-Schone (Koln). The LPs and CDs of his music are published by Edition RZ (Berlin), Generation Unlimited (United States), Escargot-Harmonia Mundi (France), Electrecord (Bucharest), Artgallery (Paris), ReR Megacorp (London), Bananafish (Los Angeles) Edition Modern (London-Bucharest).