Manuela Kerer (*1980) epicyclic noise
[2vce – str orch] 2018 duration: 14'20''
2 Sound-Noise-Acrobats (voices) – str orch
World première: Munich (Faust-Festival), Werk 3, June 16, 2018 (Münchener Kammerorchester, cond. Clemens Schuldt)
Commissioned of whiteBOX – Raum für Entfaltung – München
27 x 36 cm | Saddle Stitch
“The epicyclic theory states that a moving star moves in a small circular orbit (epicycle). This circular path travels evenly on a large circular path around a fixed center point. Accordingly, the epicycle is a ‘circle circulating in a circle.’ For centuries, humankind has been convinced that the earth is the fixed center around which the planets are moving. The epicyclic theory had been developed in 200 BC, probably by Apollonius of Perga and completed by Ptolemy. It tenaciously persisted well into the 16th century.
In epicyclic noise I take up this idea and let the sounds and tonal movements revolve around an imaginary center. The two sound sources Sound-Noise-Acrobats and string orchestra complement each other, but also become opponents, when the one meticulously sets tone movements and the others can resist with freely set pitches. The imaginary center is partially cancelled and completely loses its influence at the end of the play.”