Adagio

One of 1,608 recordings in the series: MISAME available on this site.
Use of this recording is restricted to the UNT Community. Off-campus users must log in to listen.

Description

Recording of Raoul de Smet's Adagio. For this work the composer had proposed harmony and relaxation "before anything else.” From there, a slow and steady tempo and very simple form. The sound material is provided by twelve ordinary sound generators. The work begins with a chord in the treble, slowly emerging from the silence or void sound and sustained by a regular pulsation in the bass, the result of differential sounds. Then several new sounds are added while others change timbre, octave, or dynamics causing different sounds of other types. During a slow rise in crescendo, short glissandi roam and ... continued below

Physical Description

1 sound recording (9 min., 42 sec.)

Creation Information

De Smet, Raoul 1975.

Context

This audio recording is part of the collection entitled: Mnemothèque Internationale des Arts Electroacoustiques and was provided by UNT Music Library to UNT Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 15 times. More information about this recording can be viewed below.

Who

People and organizations associated with either the creation of this audio recording or its content.

Composer

Audiences

We've identified this sound as a primary source within our collections. Researchers, educators, and students may find this recording useful in their work.

Provided By

UNT Music Library

The UNT Music Library supports the scholarly and performance research needs of the College of Music by collecting and preserving monographs, reference works, periodicals, printed music, and sound recording formats, as well as subscribing to electronic databases for research and streaming music. Special collections are a particular strength of the Music Library's holdings.

Contact Us

What

Descriptive information to help identify this audio recording. Follow the links below to find similar items on the Digital Library.

Titles

  • Main Title: Adagio
  • Series Title: MISAME

Description

Recording of Raoul de Smet's Adagio. For this work the composer had proposed harmony and relaxation "before anything else.” From there, a slow and steady tempo and very simple form. The sound material is provided by twelve ordinary sound generators. The work begins with a chord in the treble, slowly emerging from the silence or void sound and sustained by a regular pulsation in the bass, the result of differential sounds. Then several new sounds are added while others change timbre, octave, or dynamics causing different sounds of other types. During a slow rise in crescendo, short glissandi roam and decorate the sound space until the climax is reached. A sound column, containing twelve frequencies, comes to rest for about a minute, allowing the ear to move in the audience and thus capture the sound shimmer. This passage is the opposite of the sound of nothingness and could thus appear as a sound universe where one could also lose the notion of time. A brutal blow breaks this sound column like a spring too long stretched. This universe collapses slowly to retreat into the depths of the sound nothingness from which it came. The work was realized on an analogue support at the IPEM in Ghent in 1975.

Physical Description

1 sound recording (9 min., 42 sec.)

Subjects

Keyword

Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Item Type

Identifier

Unique identifying numbers for this recording in the Digital Library or other systems.

Collections

This recording is part of the following collection of related materials.

Mnemothèque Internationale des Arts Electroacoustiques

Sound recordings of electroacoustic music from the archive of the International de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB). The works were created in the IMEB studios or submitted by participants of the Festival Synthèse or the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition. Access is restricted to the UNT community.

What responsibilities do I have when using this audio recording?

When

Dates and time periods associated with this audio recording.

Creation Date

  • 1975

Added to UNT Digital Library

  • Jan. 23, 2018, 7:43 a.m.

Description Last Updated

  • April 24, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Usage Statistics

When was this recording last used?

Yesterday: 0
Past 30 days: 0
Total Uses: 15

Interact With This Audio Recording

Here are some suggestions for what to do next.

De Smet, Raoul. Adagio, audio recording, 1975; Bourges, France. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1062661/: accessed March 30, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.