RAU, deSingel, Antwerpen, Remix Ensemble, 31/10/2013
Reviewed by Christine Dysers, oorgetuige, 29/10/2013
"The analytical approach of Georg Friedrich Haas and purity of sound material of Sciarrino and Donatoni live today in a modern interpretation further in the work of the young Portuguese composer Luis Antunes Pena (1973 ) . Namely his compositions resulting piece by piece from the combination of raw material with electronically generated sound structures , which have their origin in self-built computer programs . Discovering novel timbres and rhythms is thereby always central. At the request of Remix Ensemble Casa da Música Pena wrote a composition tailored to the concert program , which he bravely engages with both the legacy of the Italian noise virtuosos of the 1970s as a sound analytical approach to Georg Friedrich Haas . In ' RAU ' ( 2013 ) Pena starts from an Internet video that is part of " A música portuguesa a gostar dela propria , a heritage project in which a group of young artists and culture lovers using field recordings of the diversity of the Portuguese (folk) music would like to emphasize . The movie in question shows how two elderly ladies at high speed some recite tongue twisters in a local dialect . The wealth that these 'tongue twisters ' containing high and low consonants , vocal timbres , percussive sounds and melodic passages offers the composer a huge range of options on digital sound variations and permutations . Pena analyzed the tongue twisters using a computer software made especially for this composition and then shared the sound material into smaller segments . However, ' RAU ' is not just a transcription of the data analysis , but is the result of Pena's resynthesis creative and artistic interpretation. In terms of sound dominate key words such as noise, virtuosity and chance. ' RAU ' is therefore without doubt a worthy contemporary counterpart to the work of Sciarrino , Donatoni and Haas, where pure tone and complexity are combined into a more enchanting acoustic experience ."