Tone Bowl by Peter Uhr - used in the creation of FIRE SYMPHONY
MUSIC FOR FIRE:
The very tangible starting-point has been a grand piano which was set on fire. Its strings became the constituents for a cast "tone bowl". FIRE SYMPHONY can be related as non-music, a breath beyond the tone mass of the Western World with a structure ending after two hours with a raw toll from the "tone bowl". This bowl may for example represent a contemporary form of Plato´s "Spherical harmony". This fire action may initiate a new era in music and art.
FIRE SYMPHONY is partially a piece of pointillist music with the different parts logically connected to each other telling us a story with sounds, improvisations and fragments collected over many years, trying to create free conditions for contemporary music giving traditional instruments new functions coupled with instruments crafted by artist´s own hand partly linked to alchemistic and shamanismic tradition. Somtimes the computer has helped to bake the synthesis of primitivism and hightech.
The present is mirrored by the symbiosis between meditations, concept music, ambient music, musique concrèt and noise etcetera created in and for an interdisciplinary narrative context. The project can be related to other concepts and ambitions like Mallarmé´s "Le Livre" and Chareles Ives´ "Universe Symphony" or Walter Benjamin´s "Dass Passagenwerk"...Several of the compositions have been developed as part of an installation cycle (WORKS FROM A FIRE EXPEDITION shown in its entirity at Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden in 2001) but have been organized and cultivated to becom enjoyable as pure audio media. The different pieces are sometimes based on conceptual imptovisations but without letting any instrumental skill shine too brightly. Rather a lack of knowledge has been given precedence to create new physical and poetic aspects - a way to imitate the "story of the creation", - out of nothingness somthing comes up in proportion to an autobiographical journey through different technological, concret and mental geographies from a musical inferno to a paradise chime.
ALL NOTES IN A BOWL
The listener´s/customer´s function is as a suggestion to manage a sonorous hourglass (2x60 min.) and in the divine role of Chronos enhance FIRE SYMPHONY to a societal and never ending context. - Naturally the customers of this specific piece of art are given immortality.