The Astronomer

BY EWAN STEFANI

 


EWAN STEFANI lectures in electronic music at the University of Leeds in the UK. As a composer, his works have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and at various international sonic arts and computer music conferences. His works include acousmatic compositions, live electroacoustic performances, sound installations, radiophonic works, soundscape recordings, and compositions for a large synthesizer ensemble.

“The Astronomer” is developed from two of his previous works: Vermeer’s Mirror (2010), and Vermeer Kankare (2015), which are here re-imagined as an abstract musical interpretation of the painting by Johannes Vermeer of the same title. All sounds in the piece are derived from electronic and acoustic instruments recorded for the first work in the series. Sounds are composed into pitched ‘Klangfarben’ phrases which are then processed with spectral editing tools to distort and colour them. Finally, the completed phrases and textures have been resampled and remixed as part of an improvised live performance.

4.2 | SUMMER 2017

Contents

"Turnage Effect III"
Evelyn Rapin
Cover Art


"Taraf de Haidouks"
Igor Andrić
Classical

"Mielikki"
Ararur
Jazz

"All the Lights are Gathered in Your Eyes"
Robert A. Baker
Classical

"Preconsciousness"
Michele Cheng
Classical

"Aftermath at the Museum with Fragments of Sappho"
Tara Deal
Fiction

"Dekaeptet"
Blake DeGraw
Experimental

"12 Rings"
Giosuè Grassia
Experimental

"Introduction to Lament"
Mark Gustavson
Classical

"Hallucinations"
Marissa Hickman
Electronic

"The Vulture"
Vahid Jahandari
Electronic

"Marble Swap"
Bryan Jones
Fiction

"The Firing of the Music Teacher"
Richard Krause
Fiction

"Minneapolis Cherry Blossoms"
Saul Lemerond
Fiction

"Frenetic Sparks: Movement 1, 'Right Now'"
Joanne C. Maffia
Experimental

"Planes"
Ted Morrissey
Fiction

"Pillars"
Osnat Netzer
Classical

"Each Measure an Echo"
Suzanne Farrell Smith
Creative Nonfiction

"The Astronomer"
Ewan Stefani
Electronic

"Recontextualizations"
Jorge Variego
Jazz

"The Letter"
Tianyi Wang
Electronic