“Quell-Klang“ by Daniel Grote is a composition that plays around with timbre and its components: partials. Regarding to the model of partials, the difference between the tone color of a trumpet and the sound of a violin depends on the number and the volume level of partials that constitute the sound. The idea of “Quell-Klang” is not only to create entirely new tone colors, but develop melodic and harmonic phrases within a piece: a Klangfarbenmelodie.

Five musicians play the fundamental note und its first eight partials. It is when they play collectively, that a musical composition evolves: Following a graphic musical score, “Quell-Klang” constantly bears changing acoustic colors and unconventional harmonies. The following video shows a few moments out of the four minute long piece.

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