Christina Kubisch

Dreaming of a Major Third

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This beautiful CD and book by sound installation artist Christina Kubisch presents her intriguing work in experimental sound. Working with sound and architecture as a medium rather than traditional composition techniques, the exploratory sound environments are chilling ambient landscapes that echo experimental music aesthetics, drones and subtle chimes, chance operations, and automated sound generation. A highly recognized and important figure in the sound-art movement, Kubisch's work should be explored by all curious and experts of the genre alike. For this release the German composer made a work for the clock tower of the MA Museum of Contemporary Art, which took samples of the clock's chime and transformed them via computer and replayed them in and around the space. A site-specific composition, the bells build into a blissful drone and remain entirely acoustic even with the presence of computer processing. The notes in this finely packaged CD explain how solar panels were used to control the sound, when the sunlight varies the rate of sampling is increased and decreased accordingly, rendering the piece an entirely autonomous composition that relies on the environment to define its dynamic.