Contemporary art music explored by Seismograf

Seismograf focuses on contemporary art music and its relation to classical music in a book review and a podcast.

Still from Simon Steen-Andersen: 'Piano Concerto'

In an interview with the composers Simon Steen-Andersen and Louise Alenius, the hosts at the podcast Lyt Dybt, Jan Stricker and Rasmus Cleve, explore the nature of contemporary art music - Music written after the fall of the Berlin Wall, after the spread of the internet, after 9/11.

They speak about the relation between contemporary music and the classical tradition, and the way composers today borrow from, add on to and hack the classical music with battered instruments, video samples and much more.

Hear Simon Steen-Andersen talk about some of the ideas behind his award winning 'Piano Concerto', his site specific 'Run Time Error' and much more, and hear Louise Alenius tell about her intimate concert concepts Porøset and Prequiem.

One of the points of departure for Lyt Dybt's examination of contemporary music is the recent publication 'Music after the Fall. Modern Composition and Culture since 1989' by the London-based music journalist and critic, Tim Rutherford-Johnson. 

'Music after the Fall' is a survey of contemporary Western art music within the transformed political, cultural, and technological environment of the post–Cold War era. Tim Rutherford-Johnson places musical composition in the context of globalization, digitization, and new media.

Tim Rutherford-Johnson considers a wide range of composers, performers, works, and institutions, and develops a broad picture of the current music ecosystem. Simon Steen-Andersen's 'Run Time Error' is highlighted as a work that thematizes the relation between digital representation and physical spatiality.