article 8 [infinity] (2014) by Rozalie Hirs is a microtonal composition for flute and electronic sounds. Highly lyrical melodies are enveloped by, or cut through, electronic glissandi that move along in several large waves. The electronic waves are custom-synthesized by the composer from pure sine waves, employing binaural beatings and ring modulation only. article 8 [infinity] (2014) investigates the overtone realms of the solo works article 7 [ways to climb a mountain] (2012) and article 6 [waves] (2013) for bass clarinet and electric guitar respectively, both with electronic sounds. The three pieces can be played either separately as solo works, or in conjunction, i.e. simultaneously, as the trio infinity stairs (2014). All mentioned works were composed with financial support of a Stipend by the Netherlands Foundation for the Performing Arts.
article 8 [infinity] (2014) was composed with financial support of a Stipend by the Netherlands Foundation for the Performing Arts.
flute or bass flute
a MIDI pedal for triggering the electronic sounds, to be played by the flautist on stage, and laptop
Rozalie Hirs’s music scores are published by Deuss Music. The score of article 8 [infinity] (2014) can be purchased through this link (click here).
further technical requirements
1.) QLAB software, to be installed on the above mentioned laptop
2.) The ‘article 8’ QLAB sampler, to be obtained through Deuss Music
3.) Amplifier and mixer in the concert hall
4.) Stereo loudspeakers, to be placed on stage
5.) Optional amplification of the flute (i.e. microphone, cables)
13 May 2021, 20:00, Rozalie Hirs (portrait concert): Infinity Stairs, Up Close (Live streaming series), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Marieke Franssen (flute). The live stream on YouTube remains online until 12 June 2021.
21 March 2021, 16:00 CET, Rozalie Hirs (portrait concert): Infinity Stairs, Martin Luther Church, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Marieke Franssen (flute)
25 April 2017, 19:30, 29th International Composers’ Festival of Krakow, Krakow, Poland – Marieke Franssen (flute) – Polish premiere
11 February 2016, 20:30, Unexpected Consequences, Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, United States – Shanna Gutierrez (flute) – North American premiere
2 February 2016, 20:30, Recital Marieke Franssen, De Link, Het Cenakel, Cenakel 1, Tilburg, The Netherlands – Marieke Franssen (bass flute) – World premiere of version for bass flute
20 February 2015, 20:30 CET, Rozalie Hirs (portrait concert): Poetry and Music, Ostadetheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Marieke Franssen (flute)
17 September 2014, 20:30 CET, Infinity Stairs, Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Shanna Gutierrez (flute)
12 September 2014, 21:15 CET, New Adventures in Performance, Gaudeamus Music Week, RASA, Utrecht, The Netherlands – Shanna Gutierrez (flute) – World premiere