HÈCTOR PARRA (b.1976): Hypermusic Prologue.
Catalogue Number: 06L130
Description: An opera that takes place in multi-dimensional space-time. It had to happen sooner or later, right? The composer collaborated with physicist Lisa Randall to establish the principles in advanced physics that lead to some tremendously evocative images of relationships in space and time that he then employed as a basis for constructing analogies in sound, both timbral and spatial. Parameters of the mathematical equations are employed as metaphors for spectral analysis and synthesis of sounds, and sound projection using the most advanced techniques available at IRCAM attempts to represent the distortions of space referred to in the libretto, which attempts a further synthesis; that of a dialogue between a man and a woman expressed in terms of scientific phenomena. The electronic treatments to which the voices are subjected are extremely sophisticated and fascinating in their own right, and the whole amounts to, at the very least, a grand experiment in the current possibilities of electroacoustic music. Like any good scientific treatise, this one is well documented; the second disc consists of spoken commentaries by the collaborators (with 'illustrative' - but mostly not really - excerpts from the music) enthusiastically (and non-mathematically) explaining their theories of space-time and its depiction in music. 2 CDs. Libretto included. Lisa Randall (soprano), James Bobby (baritone), Ensemble Intercontemporain; Clement Power.