Henrik Schwarz & Alma Quartet
the concept: The idea behind Plunderphonia, a term which was coined in the mid-80s by composer John Oswald, is the “plundering” of pieces of music resulting in the creation of a new compostion.
The idea behind Plunderphonia is this: the artists who are summoned to “plunder” are required to select solely from classical music pieces from every era and recreate something new, unique and unprecedented. The musicians charged with this task to create a new way of approaching classical music were none other than one of the most revered, influential and forward thinking contemporary German producers, Henrik Schwarz, along with the internationally acclaimed string quartet The Alma Quartet (Holland). After the orchestra’s production of “Scripted Orkestra” with the Metropol Orkest of Jules Buckley, the new Plunderphonia musical project, is another representation of the evolution and synchronisation of the classical and electronic scenes.
the process: Henrik Schwarz explored 700 string quartet compositions from the last 250 years in order to identify the parts (segments of music with a variable length) that he wished to “plunder”. Sections of music were taken from more than 70 pieces by an illustrious array of composers and musicians including the likes of Bach, Bartok, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead, Mozart, Schubert, and Terry Riley, to name but a few. After the selection process was completed, the music was written to music sheets, arranged for a quartet and brought to the Jazzanova Studio in Berlin where they were re-recorded by The Alma Quartet. Following on from recording, the “new” segments of music were turned into digital files known as STEMS for Henrik Schwarz to electronically edit; and then in the completion of Plunderphonia electronic production was used to deconstruct and reconstruct the segments of music that were replayed by The Alma Quartet; resulting in a completely new composition.
Plunderphonia live experience:
Plunderphonia live is a project in which records will be recreated in real time during live performances. Henrik Schwarz (with The Alma Quartet) will introduce the Plunderphonia live experience at the opening of the PopKulture Berlin 2018 festival, where he is set to perform and as part of his performance strings and electronics will being utilised in order to create a fresh and immersive way for listeners to enjoy Plunderphonia.
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