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The „Great Score“ was conceived by Seppo Gründler and Elisabeth Schimana for eight concerts and is completed with its last performance for Kunstradio, a New Year’s net concert. „The Great Score“ was first performed in 2001 in Budapest, concerts in six further cities followed. The basic idea for the composition and its performances is rooted in the historical context of electronic music. The concerts followed a precisely defined structure, the score; however, the performing artists didn’t proceed according to a score in the traditional sense based on notes, but due to a temporal and functional structure. Again, this structure was not laid out infront of them in form of sheet music, but instead was projected onto the artists as abstract stage illumination – a visual component of all concerts.
Over the course of five years, the „Great Score“ was performed with varying artists and musicians in Budapest (2001), Moskow (2002), Amsterdam (2004), Linz (2004), Vienna (2005), Ljubljana (2005) and Graz (2005). These artists now contribute to the last version of the „Great Score“ which takes place in form of a net concert by sending sound streams from their respective locations. With their radio version in 5.1 Surround, Seppo Gründler and Elisabeth Schimana finally join the different musical interpretations of the defined structure on air. At the ORF Funkhaus in Vienna, they are making a live mix of the incoming sound material from the network, namely from the Budapest-based artists Zsolt Sores and Pal Toth who are performing live at Radio Tilos in Budapest, from Yuri Spitsin, a Moskow-based artist who is streaming from Dartmouth College in the USA; in Hainburg, Anne Wellmer, an artist from Amsterdam, is performing at the IMA, the Institute for Media Archeology whilst Günther Gessert is participating at Radio FRO in Linz and the artist group Alien Productions are performing at the ORF Funkhaus in Vienna. Borut Savski and Brane Zorman are sending their sound contributions from the premises of Radio Student in Ljubljana and finally the Austrian media artist Reni Hofmüller is performing live at Radio Helsinki in Graz.
Struktur der Abschlussaufführung der Grossen Partitur:35 Minuten Improvisation, generation of sounds (all participants)
14 Minuten Looping, freezing (all participants)
7 Minuten Computer generates sound material (only in Vienna)