POINT OF NO RETURN - 1993
for flute, string-quintet, bassoon, bass-clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano/synthesizer,
two drummers and 4-channel tape-music.
Premiered at the festival "Steirischer Herbst" in Graz/Austria 1993, performed by the Ensemble Modern, conducted by H.K. Gruber.
Live sound projection by Simon Stockhausen and Norbert Ommer.
The big bang sounds very subtle, a primeval sound slowly establishs within the empty space; together with the big-bang time evolves and increasingly brings together the smallest singular fragments into a musical structure. The main pitches of the primeval sound become independent and more and more relate to the developing and relative time-factor.
Rhythms and colours make their way until eventually subatomic particles are born, musical fractals: Z,W and other particles as well as their antipodes.
Now the journey through the hierarchy of matter begins, particles connect to quarks, quarks group themselves to protons, electrons and neutrons and those form atoms, molecules and finally chemical elements. The musicians, at first divided into five groups, increasingly play individually to set this algorithm into music.
Closely related aspects of those illustrated quantum mechanical developments are treated in the second section of the piece. Magnetism (which basically also consists of subatomic particles), entropical processes, electrical charges, light waves in all their visible and invisible frequencies and x-radiation are musically illustrated by polyrhythmical and polyphonic algorhythms.
Everything has been created but the end is predictable. The expanding musical universe now contracts again, galaxies turn into black holes swallowing everything around them; glowing suns turn into white dwarfs, every tone weighing a billion tons.
The POINT OF NO RETURN has been surpassed, everything collapses but doesn´t end where it began, the "PROSOUND" lingers through space - a new starting point for yet another universe.
Stephen Hawking´s book A brief history of time inspired me to write this piece.