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Commentary

Chronos

Although this electroacoustic piece lasts for c.11.5 minutes, symbolically, it lasts for nearly an eternity. The composition is framed between a representation of the beginning of time and the actual present.

Chronos starts with an anticipation that resolves into the cosmic explosion which marks the beginning of time. The composition then exposes the main symbolic carrier of time, the clock, which appears in many forms and takes up numerous disguises. It measures time in various speeds, accelerates and decelerates time, and forms rhythmic fragments and varied textures.

Chronos allows for two possible versions. In live performances (where circumstances permit) it uses stereo electroacoustic sound, a separate channel dedicated to the recorded sound of a clock, and a clock physically present on stage. In the latter situation, the ending of the piece symbolises a transition to the present, the awaking of the listener and that of the composition itself into the reality of the present moment and the actual flow of time. Without the clock on stage, the piece acquires a different ending, fading out with a distant rumble to leave the listener at the mercy of time in daily life.

Aki Pasoulas was selected for the Composer Shortlist by the SAM organisation (former SPNM), for the acousmatic version of Chronos.  the composition was also selected for the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2012), Institute for Sonic Arts Research (IRZU) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

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