Alexander Sigman: fcremap

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The foundation of composer Alexander Sigman’s fcremap project is a collaborative piece with Korean visual artist and animator Eunjung Hwang called Future Creatures. The generative seed of Future Creatures has given birth to this remarkable set of related works represented on this recording.

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The foundation of composer Alexander Sigman’s fcremap project is a collaborative piece with Korean visual artist and animator Eunjung Hwang called Future Creatures. Sigman’s approach to these pieces, all reconceptualizations of the original materials for Future Creatures in some form, is appropriately multi-disciplinary. He explores non-traditional scores including real time scrolling electronic graphic notation, experimental methods for triggering electronic tracks, unconventional ways of playing back electronic sounds, and image to sound analysis of the Future Creatures animation to draw fundamental connections between the materials in use in both medium. The overall result, from a musical perspective, is a sophisticated palimpsest, with a conceptual template serving as the frame upon which several variations are layered. Sigman reinforces the relationship of the pieces to each other with his titles — “fc” stands for “Future Creatures”, “remap” represents the “remapping” of the material, and the suffix indicates the instrumental combination. While the opening track, and the first piece in the series, fcremaperc, is austere and sonically exploratory, fcremapercremaflvln for alto flute, violin, electronics, and video is more whimsical, capturing the character of the animated score in the instrumental sounds. Through his innovation in score generation, integration of audio and video elements, and layering of material to create a set of related pieces, this release demonstrates Alex Sigman's place at the forefront experimental compositional aesthetics.

  • Producer: Alexander Sigman
  • Images: Eunjung Hwang and Alexander Sigman
  • Layout: Aquiles Hadjis
  • Recording Information:
  • Track 1: Spectrum, NY, February 11, 2015 (Lawrence de Martin, recording engineer) 
  • Track 2: Residentie Hertogenpark, Antwerp, May 15, 2016
  • Track 3: Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, December 15, 2016
  • Track 4: PostX, Merelbeke, Belgium, December 18, 2014
  • Track 5: Chiba, Japan, June 25, 2017
  • Track 6: International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA), Yamanashi Gakuin University, Kofu, Japan, December 12, 2016

Alexander Sigman

Alexander Sigman’s award-winning instrumental, electroacoustic, and interdisciplinary works have been featured on major international festivals, exhibitions, institutions, and venues across Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He has been selected for artist residencies at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany), the Djerassi Foundation, the Paul Dresher Ensemble Artists Residency Center, and Gullkistan, Center for Creativity (Iceland). In 2013-2014, he undertook a musical research residency at IRCAM. Nominal/Noumenal, Sigman’s first portrait recording, was released on Carrier Records (NY) in 2012. His violin and electronics piece VURTRUVURT was included on violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson's solo CD Melting the Darkness, released in 2014 on the Urlicht Audiovisual label. Also active as a researcher, Sigman’s academic writing has been widely published in peer-reviewed books, journals, and conference proceedings. Sigman completed his doctorate in Music Composition at Stanford University in 2010. Further postgraduate studies were undertaken at the University for Music and the Performing Arts Vienna, as well as the Institute for Sonology of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Netherlands). He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Music program at the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) of Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan.

Eric Derr

Percussionist Eric Derr is committed to commissioning and presenting new, vibrant, sustainable works for percussion as well as revisiting classic pieces with focus and intensity. About his performances, ClevelandClassical.com said that he "was in the driver's seat right out of the gate" and the L.A. Times mentioned that "there is more than a little joy to be found in one percussionist hitting a ball in the air with a ping pong paddle." With the International Contemporary Ensemble, Eric has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Park Avenue Armory, and Spectrum (New York City). Eric has also played with Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente since 2007 with highlight performances at the Library of Congress and in Residence at Harvard University.

Laura Faoro

An eclectic flutist specializing in contemporary repertoire, Laura Faoro regularly performs in European festivals, both as a soloist and as guest of several contemporary music ensembles. She was awarded the AssAmi Prize 2009 as a young talent and, in 2015, Il manifesto described her as “one of the most promising Italian flutists.” She has recorded for RAI, ORF, and CSR. After her RTSI performance in the presence of Salvatore Sciarrino, Enrico Colombo wrote: “A particular mention for Faoro, for the way she performed the hard articulations of the sounds and the existential anxiety which crosses Sciarrino's music and poetic. I will remember this concert for her amazing performance of Canzona di ringraziamento.”

Takao Hyakutome

After having won many prizes at international competitions, Takao Hyakutome is now predominantly a solo violinist, and regularly premieres works for both violin solo and ensemble. He has been the artist in residence at ChampdAction since 2011 and also plays in many other chamber music groups. He has performed in festivals such as Ultraschall in Berlin, Biennale Musiques en Scène in Lyon, ME_MMIX in Palma de Mallorca, Mixtur in Barcelona, Forum Wallis in Leuk, NUNC! in Evanston, and many others. Besides being active as a performer, Takao also does research on extended violin techniques including subharmonics and rubber band preparation.

Decibel New Music Ensemble

Decibel are world leaders in the integration of acoustic instruments and electronics, the interpretation of graphic notations and pioneering digital score formats for composition and performance. The ensemble has commissioned over 60 new works since their foundation in 2009, have toured Europe and Australia, recorded for ABC Classic FM and SWR German Radio, and released five albums to date on Australian and international labels. The ensemble has developed and commercialized the Decibel ScorePlayer iPad app, a score reading device incorporating mobile score formats and networked coordination performance environments that is sold worldwide.

Decibel are Cat Hope (artistic director, flutes, bass), Lindsay Vickery (reeds), Stuart James (electronics, keyboards, drum kit), Aaron Wyatt (viola), Tristen Parr (cello), and Louise Devenish (percussion).

Frederik Croene

Frederik Croene is a pianist/performer/composer based in Merelbeke, Belgium. He graduated as a pianist from conservatories in Belgium in 1999. Since then he developed several trajectories that all have a (re)searching character in common. He started as an atypical interpreter combining classical repertoire with hard-boiled contemporary pieces. His debut CD release (HA’ Records 2003) was an extraordinary mix of Brahms, Janacek, Bartok, Scelsi and new pieces by F. Gyselynck, B. Vodenitcharov and P. Craenen. Parallel to his solo career (with highly successful recitals on festivals like Transit (BE), Holland Festival (NL) and Time of Music (FI)), he built up a huge expertise as a chamber musician performing with other soloists and with a variety of ensembles based in Belgium (Spectra, Ictus, Nadar, Tiptoe Company, Vlaams Symfonieorkest,...)

Pei-Lun Tsai

A versatile clarinetist, Pei-Lun Tsai has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Europe, and her native Taiwan. During the winters of 2011-2015, Ms. Tsai was an artist in residence at the Karlheinz Stockhausen Foundation and Banff Music Centre. In recent years, Tsai was invited to perform at ACL-Korea International Conference and Festival, Malaysian Contemporary Festival (SMCC), ASEAN Nanning Music Festival, Thailand International Composition Festival (TICF), Seoul International Computer Music Festival, and ICA Mid-American Clarinet Festival.

06 Nov, 2017

Alexander Sigman hosts CD release for fcremap at Spectrum on 11.12

Commemorating the release of Japan-based composer/sound artist/improviser Alex Sigman’s new two-disc audiovisual album fcremap—out on 10 November on New Focus—the composer is joined by New York-based performers Jordan Dodson, Charlotte Mundy, Hajnal Pivnick, and Lester St. Louis for an evening of works for instruments, live electronics, and video. The concert will feature the world premiere …

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Avant Scena

“fcremap” is a new contemporary academical avant-garde album which was released by “New Focus Recordings” on November 10. The album compositions were created by American composer Alexander Sigman which creates interesting and original experimental music. His instrumental, electroacoustic, film, multimedia, and installation works have been featured at major international festivals, exhibitions, institutions, and venues across Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Alexander Sigman also had been collaborating with various music genres musicians and experimental music composers. His musical language is based on various shocking and interesting musical decisions, weird timbres, strange sounds and special sound effects. Dynamic, full of unpredictable and unexpectable stylistic waves and turns – this music always has adventurous and extraordinary sound. Alexander Sigman works are mostly dedicated for various electronic instruments, films, multimedia projects. Through the years of his musical career, Alexander Sigman had created and masterfully improved original, adventurous and bright musical language and unique composing style.

Album compositions were written by Alexander Sigman and Korean visual artist and animator Eunjung Hwang which is called “Future Creatures”. The compositions is based on free form, not stricly based structure, independent and individual melodies, strange timbres and electrnic instruments sounds. Computer devices, special sound effects, various electronic instruments playing techniques and many other similar elements are the basic of these compositions. Composers try out many different playing techniques – they are twisting together traditional and innovative ways of playing. This wide range of different playing techniques which are highly contrasting with each other. Strange timbres, various computer and electronic devices sounds, electroacoutic instruments timbres make an effort to whole album sound – it brings evocative, innovative, bright and vivid sound. Energetic and striking compositions episodes are connected together with subtle, silent, slow and abstract episodes. The main part of these compositions is based on abstract music elements. This music doesn’t have memorable and expressive melodies, vivacious and emotional melodic episodes which would be contrastingly connected with each other. Separate timbres, all kinds of different types of rhtyhmic formulas are the main and most important episodes of this album. Abstraction, dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic, sudden turns of characters and moods create extraordinary and innovative musical pattern. Composers get out from the zone of traditional zone, expand and explore technique abilities of various instruments. They also use different musical expressions, dynamics, other musical language elements which are masterfully combined with each other in one composition. Original composing styles, wide range of musical expressions and musical language elements create interesting and bright sound of this album.

— Avant Scena, 11.24.2017