Black Box Music

Black box + Bar sax, bass cl, bsn, horn, trp, trb, pno, 3 perc, hp, el-gui, vla, vlc, cb
Solo(s) + 9+ instr
A3, 52 pages


For all performances of this work, it is necessary to be in direct contact with the composer. Simon Steen-Andersen must be involved from the beginning in order to plan for his participation in rehearsals and in order to access additional material, such as live mixing equipment, video, software etc. A fee for the composer's participation must be negotiated.

Black Box Music is scored for percussion solo, amplified box, 15 instruments and video. The starting point is the classical soloist-conductor, only in this case, the conducting and solo part are one and the same. The setting is a traditional theatre stage with curtains, props and light; only in this case, the stage is also an instrument. Black Box Music could be said to be a deconstruction of conducting and puppet theatre as well as an exploration and exploitation of the audio/visual relations inherent in conducting and staging. The “grand show” is in three movements, starting with ‘Ouverture’ and ‘Disambiguation’ and then finishing off with a festive, pompous, self-imploding ‘Finale’.

Mentioned SNYK 30.04.2013 (DK)
Review 15.05.2013 (DK)
Portrait SEISMOGRAF 28.10.2014 (DK)
Portrait SEISMOGRAF 28.10.2014 (DK)
Portrait Politiken 30.10.2014 (DK)
Portrait Århus Stiftstidende 31.10.2014 (DK)
Review Morgenbladet 16.01.2015 (NO)
Review 30.01.2015 (DK)
Review Klassisk 30.01.2015 (DK)
Review 20.03.2015 (UK)
Review Diapason 01.04.2015 (FR)

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