Ensemble Klang XL opens the Musical Utopias festival, celebrating their 15th anniversary, with an evening-long world premiere by one of their closest collaborators, Environments by Peter Adriaansz.
In Environments Adriaansz examines humankind’s relationship to society, and its perception of society, as well as ways that that perception can be illustrated in the musical construction itself. Our changing understanding of time, over the centuries, is a central metaphor, with the work exploring developed notions of time: linear; circular; imaginary; and binary. Time eventually becomes space itself, with the context of the individual observer being the only measurable element.
With the audience placed centrally, sounds, voices and music travel through space, circle the listeners, emerge from all around, and ping from left to right to deliver a fully immersive sonic experience.
NRC Handelsblad wrote about the first part of this piece, called Watts, that premiered in March this year: “a wonderful paradox of ever-changing stasis, in which a sense of time fades away. [Sounds] remain motionless in space. And yet everything sparkles and vibrates.”