Audio recordings of sand are the prevailing source materials of the electro-acoustic part of flut, the first compositional collaboration
of Belma Bešlić-Gál and Bernhard Gál. The envisioned relationship between the singular and the whole is already
reflected in the nature of the used sound materials: For the human ear
one single grain of sand remains largely inaudible
– the polyphony of the mass is needed to obtain a perceivable sonic experience – the individual sound events
of innumerable sand grains conflate into a single gestalt, the unanimous sound of sand.
At the same time, acoustic features of the bass flute and its unique playing techniques are understood as additional
grains of sand,
merging with the electro-acoustic sound projection. The objective is to create a consistent
composed of interwoven yet discrete elements.
flut came into being at the suggestion of the composer Hossam Mahmoud and has been premiered
in conjunction with his project „Oud Plus“ at the Stift St. Peter in Salzburg in November 2011.
flut has been selected as Austria's official contribution to the World New Music Days 2013.
Instrumentation: Bass flute,
Equipment: Four-channel audio system
Performers of premiere: Vera Klug (bass flute); Bernhard Gál (sound direction)
Premiere: Stift St. Peter - Romanischer Saal, Salzburg, November 13th, 2011
Support: Land Salzburg (working grant)
Listen to an audio excerpt (1m36s):
Concerts & Radio Broadcasts
CMS – Computer Music Studio, Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz, June 19, 2023, details tba.
(in conjunction with the Austrian Composers Week 2023)
Ensemble Phace, Kurhaus, Hall in Tirol, February 8th, 2019, 20:15
Ensemble Phace, Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, January, 30th, 2019, 19:30
Austrian National Radio (Ö1) - Zeit-Ton, December 15th, 2016 (broadcast)
Concert Serie prattica E , ImCubus, Graz, November 14th, 2015
Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Musikverein - Gläserner Saal, Vienna, April 13th, 2015
World New Music Days 2013, Bratislava, November 10th, 2013
Soundings 2013, Austrian Cultural Forum London, May 15th, 2013
œnm . atelier, Salzburg, January 30th, 2013
International Computer Music Conference 2012, Ljubljana, September 11th, 2012
Atelier für Neue Musik, Radiofabrik, Salzburg, July 15th, 2012 (broadcast)
Amann Studios, Vienna, June 23rd, 2012
Austrian National Radio (Ö1) - Zeit-Ton, April 17th, 2012 (broadcast)
Austrian National Radio Ö1 - Zeit-Ton, February 3rd, 2012 (broadcast)
Stift St. Peter - Romanischer Saal, Salzburg, November 13th, 2011 (premiere)
Belma Bešlić-Gál & Bernhard Gál
This is the first joint composition by the Austrian composer/sound artist Bernhard Gál and the Slovenian-Bosnian composer/pianist Belma Bešlić-Gál, preceded by the concert projects Vortex and Void, and an artistic cooperation regarding the interdisciplinary art project Sterngucker. The act of composing is commonly regarded as a solipsistic activity, which more or less rules out the possibility of creative teamwork. This collaboration is an experiment where individual aptitudes, mannerisms and modes of operation, as well as specific conceptual and technical approaches at creating music are united under the umbrella of a mutual aesthetic perspective.