Hit the limits
The composer Iannis Xenakis emerged in the 1950s as a soundscape architect without equal. In his compositions he frequently made use of mathematical probability theory, as is the case in Eonta. In other works he skilfully exploited the acoustic space. For instance, in the percussion sextet Persephassaunexpected dolby surround effects come into play. Likewise, the Swedish-Dutch composer Klas Torstensson primarily focuses on the acoustic element in his music. His fascination with sound-related aspects is reflected in his innovative use of instruments and voice, and their potential is often maximised through the ingenious use of live electronics. Besides exploiting sound, Torstensson also explores and incorporates diverse musical traditions in his two Urban Songs. For instance, the soprano Charlotte Riedijk starts off as a Lebanese folk singer and finishes scarcely a half hour later as an American ghetto rapper.
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