World-Wide Webern

Sep 7, 2006 at 11:34am

World-Wide Webern

Dear Maxers!

On 15 Sep 1945, the composer Anton Webern was accidentially shot dead by an American GI. In memory of this tragic accident I wrote “WebernUhrWerk” – a generative music generator based on the row of Webern’s last work which he was unable to finish.

The program – written in MaxMSP – simulates a Carillon that generates a short musical phrase every 15 minutes. It is available as freeware for download from:

http://www.essl.at

Originally, this piece composed as an open-air sound installation for the 60th anniversary of Webern’s death which took place on 15 September 2005 on the market place at Mittersill. A loudspeaker placed into the open roof window of the city hall was connected to the audio output of this program. Every quarter of an hour, a short musical phrase was played which could be heard all over the city.

This action will be continued every year on September 15th. If you want to share the memory of Webern with us, you can join us by starting the “WebernUhrWerk” program and play its sound output over a loudspeaker system – privately at home, during a public event or even in open space.

Please spread the news!

Cheers from Vienna,
— Karlheinz Essl

#27530
Sep 9, 2006 at 8:15am

beautiful. A carillion is very appropriate.

A.

On 07/09/2006, at 9:34 PM, Karlheinz Essl wrote:

>
> Dear Maxers!
>
> On 15 Sep 1945, the composer Anton Webern was accidentially shot dead
> by an American GI. In memory of this tragic accident I wrote
> “WebernUhrWerk” – a generative music generator based on the row of
> Webern’s last work which he was unable to finish.
>
> The program – written in MaxMSP – simulates a Carillon that generates
> a short musical phrase every 15 minutes. It is available as freeware
> for download from:
>
> http://www.essl.at
>
> Originally, this piece composed as an open-air sound installation for
> the 60th anniversary of Webern’s death which took place on 15
> September 2005 on the market place at Mittersill. A loudspeaker placed
> into the open roof window of the city hall was connected to the audio
> output of this program. Every quarter of an hour, a short musical
> phrase was played which could be heard all over the city.
>
> This action will be continued every year on September 15th. If you
> want to share the memory of Webern with us, you can join us by
> starting the “WebernUhrWerk” program and play its sound output over a
> loudspeaker system – privately at home, during a public event or even
> in open space.
>
> Please spread the news!
>
> Cheers from Vienna,
> — Karlheinz Essl
>
>

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