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The First Law of Kipple

Just back from Orgelpark, where I've been working on a new piece. 'The First Law of Kipple' is a composition for 4-channel tape and MIDI-controlled organ. FLoK is about creating order from chaos and the disintegration of melody into noise. The composition is build around an extreme adaptation of Gorecki's Miserere and field recordings in churches processed using the family tree concept. Combining acoustic melodic material and electronic abstract material is an important aspect of FLoK. I'm interested in methods to succesfully merge these two very distinct sound worlds. Inspired by my fascination with churches, Gorecki's Miserere and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. FLoK is commissioned by the Orgelpark in Amsterdam.

The premiere will be at Orgelpark on November 3, 2013.

There's the First Law of Kipple... 'Kipple drives out nonkipple.'...Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday's homeopape. When nobody's around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you to go bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up there is twice as much of it. It always gets more and more. No one can win against kipple, except temporarily and maybe in one spot. (Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)