Untitled IV (atemlos) 2011-2012 by Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
Written for QNG Quartet New Generation.
Sound devices developed in collaboration with Pe Lang
Untitled IV is both a composition and installation work that consists of four prepared recorders (19 parts) with one end open and the other closed with an elastic silicone membrane. A nylon line is fastened through a hole at the centre of the membrane; the end of the nylon line is loosely secured to a wooden rosined motor driven rod to produce friction. The sound is produced by the nylon line causing the membrane to vibrate by friction. The sound of Untitled IV can be influenced by manipulating the tension of the nylon lines, changing the speed of the motor, turning on and off the motors, depressing the membrane with the fingers while it is vibrating to vary the pitch or by playing on the keys.
Commissioned by QNG -Quartet New Generation
Kindly supported by Berliner Kompositionsstipendien 2011 and Academie Schloss Solitude
First Performance: January 2012 Ultraschall Festival / Berlin Musikinstrumenten Museum
Akademie Schloss Solitude
Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri ( b.1974)
Papalexandri's work includes compositions for instruments and sound objects-sculptures that she creates herself and in collaboration with artist Pe Lang. Papalexandri's work focuses on the production and reception of sound by questioning and transforming the role and function of the instrument as a sound-generator (object as instrument and instrument as object) as as well as the type of sound production and behaviour of the performer. Selected performances and exhibitions of Papalexandri's works include Tokyo Yebis International Festival for Art & Alternatives Visions, San Francisco Art Institute, de Signel, November Music Festival, Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Das Weekend Transmediale, Centre d Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Kunsthaus L6 Freiburg, Dialogue Festival, impuls, COMA Gallery, Ultrashall Festival, Wien Modern Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, ISCM-World New Music Days,Festival of City BBC in performances by Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble SurPlus, Quartet New Generation, Orkest de Volharding, London Improvisers Orchestra among others.
In 2008 she received her Ph.D in composition from the University of California, San Diego where she worked with Chaya Czernowin, Rand Steiger and Steven Schick. Papalexandri holds degrees in music and composition from the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and the University of London, Goldsmiths College where she studied with Roger Redgate. Numerous awards and grants such as the Dan David Prize in contemporary music, impuls award, Berliner Kompositions stipendien 2011, Stipendienpries der Darmstadter Ferienkurse, Kurt Weil Fellowship, the EMS residency, Stockholm and the Robert Erickson Scholarship. In 2012 Marianthi was an artist in residence at the Academie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Papalexandri is currently living and working in Berlin.
Video courtesy of the artist