Glottal Wolpertinger

Multi-fragmented composition for documenta 14, 2017

Eight microtonally tuned feedback channels are broadcast via the documenta 14 Radio Program “Every Time A Ear Di Soun” for a period of ten weeks. On July 6, 2017 the feedback channels converge with each other during an installative performance in Athens. The eight composition fragments each consist of a continuously modulated feedback channel based on a harmony. The feedback channels resonate at the tuning frequencies of 44 Hz, 133 Hz, 339 Hz, 527 Hz, 826 Hz, 1014 Hz, 1552 Hz, 1889 Hz, 2.3 kHz, 4.6 kHz, 7.15 kHz, 10.14 kHz, 14.873 kHz, and 29.45 kHz. This results in oscillations, binaural pulses, and sound artifacts. Traditional techniques of orientation in music are pushed beyond the limits of comprehension. Glottal Wolpertinger deconstructs the principle of the musical drone, the timelessly dense, continuously spreading mass of sound, and uses idiosyncratic, abrupt movements to break with the traditional object character of music. The piece culminates in a live performance featuring Aaron Dessner (on site) & Bryce Dessner (from a distance) at Romantso in the city center of Athens and then breaks down.

Photo of Jan St. Werner and Aaron Dessner by Stathis Mamalakis – Listening Space, documenta 14, Athens, 2017

Glottal Wolpertinger artwork by Paul McDevitt

Print excerpt Mousse Magazine #58

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A stereo version of Glottal Wolpertinger called Glossal Wolptertinger as a white CD-R with stamped date, white screen-printed cover on black card sleeve and printed insert is available via farbvision

Glottal Wolpertinger (multi-fragmented composition, 2017)
Jan St. Werner, composition, computer
Aaron Dessner, guitar
Bryce Dessner, prerecorded guitar
Glottal Wolpertinger deconstructs the principle of the musical drone, the timelessly dense, continuously spreading mass of sound, and uses idiosyncratic, abrupt movements to break with the traditional object character of music. For the work, eight microtonally tuned feedback channels are broadcast via the documenta 14 Radio Program for a period of ten weeks. On July 6, 2017, the feedback channels converge with each other during a performance with guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner in Athens. The eight compositional fragments each consist of a continuously modulated feedback channel based on a certain harmony. The feedback channels resonate at the tuning frequencies of 44 Hz, 133 Hz, 339 Hz, 527 Hz, 826 Hz, 1014 Hz, 1552 Hz, 1889 Hz, 2.3 kHz, 4.6 kHz, 7.15 kHz, 10.14 kHz, 14.873 kHz, and 29.45 kHz. The spatial configuration of these frequencies inside the Romantso space result in oscillations, binaural pulses, and sound artifacts that become more or less palpable during the course of the performance depending on the position of the listener. In this way traditional techniques of orientation in a musical experience are pushed beyond the limits of comprehension.