HU (AH-HI) Steel Stylianou

For solo Flute/s and electronic.
Recorded live at the Ballhaus Naunynstr. Berlin.

”HU” is from the Kabbala, meaning “Who”(not as a question but unnameable) in the sense of “HU is the creator of the World”, AH-HI is ancient Chinese (or something similar) from The Book of Dzyan meaning “the Conciousnesses” ie the collected aggregate of [all] conciousnesses within the universe, therefore comprising this.
In a sense if HU is a question then AH-HI is an answer.
This piece uses a numerological-mathematical system based on Hebrew letters from “The Prayer of Elijah” used mainly for rhythm: pitch parameters and a modal system from the ancient Greek “perfect system” for the harmonic structures set up using a pyramidal form as basis for interconnection.
The electronic part is based upon the resulting piece’s sectional developments and as a “radical re-interpretation” of the whole.
Tuning a´ to 433.366Hz is based upon the Hertz value acquired for this pitch from the frequency produced by a pipe with the length of one “cubit” (placed at d´[D3]) the ancient “traditional Sun “RA” tone”.

  • Year of composition: 1995
  • Hardware used: Pentium II 350MHZ Windows machine + SCSI hard disks, midi interfaces, CD writers, etc.

    Kawai K5000 Additive Workstation, Korg MS20 synth, Yamaha DX27 synth, Roland Tr606 Drum box, Alesis digital “reverb” multi- FX box, Korg analogue delay, Various microphones, DAT machines, an old Portastudio and an even more ancient 12 channel mixer.

  • Software used: CubaseVST24, Wavelab 3.x, Sibelius Scorewriter, Koan music generator, Texture stochastic music generator.

    Various software synthesizers (mainly granular synths), effects and mastering tools plus a load of other smallish applications used for parts of pieces or as enhancements.

  • Duration of the submitted work: 12:09
  • Production: Home & Live Recording

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