The Cold Trip
Alongside Elfriede Jelinek’s literary take on Schubert’s “Winterreise” stands a completely new musical approach to the classic: For many years Bernhard Lang investigated the simulation of musical automatism in his series of works “Differenz/Wiederholung”. Using the methods he has devised, he has since embarked on a second series: the “Monadologie”. Lang speaks of “explosion” and “detonation” when recycling, reworking or over-writing historical music. In this case, with his looping, editing and sampling techniques he creates a palimpsest over the original sounds and structures of these romantic songs. Out of the “Winterreise” comes a meta-composition – “The Cold Trip”.
The Cold Trip pt.1
for voice and four guitars (2014) WP
Commissioned in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, in co-production with ZKM Karlsruhe
The Cold Trip pt.2
for piano, laptop and voice (2014/2015) WP
Commissioned in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin, Arts Council England, The Hinrichsen Foundation and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival