ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2016:
New piece by Jim O'Rourke
The Oslo Philharmonic Orchstra will perform the Scandinavian premiere of a new work, Come Back Soon, by the prolific American musical polymath Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, brise-glace, Gastr del Sol, etc).
Jim O’Rourke (b. 1969) is a rare breed of omni-musician, whose output stretching back to the late 80s includes electroacoustic experiments, free improvisation, songwriting, film soundtracks, explorations of American folk guitar and noise assaults. He was associated with the music scene in Chicago during the 1990s, where he worked as a musician (Gastr Del Sol, brise-glace, solo) and record producer before joining the US avant rock band Sonic Youth. In 2000 he relocated to Tokyo where he currently lives and works.
Come Back Soon is his brand new piece written for orchestra. O’Rourke explains how an image of ‘water damaged music’ came to mind when he started writing the piece. «Notes faded, whole sections smudged, a ghostly white mask over everything. I hoped to hear something half forgotten, grasping to fill in the holes of memory that time and weather had eroded away».
O'Rourke on the piece:
«I needed to get in the right mind to write something that I wouldn’t have a chance to touch again. Making electronic or tape music let’s you spend your time in a one on one relation with instruments, while still not having a tactile relation with the sound. Working with instruments either alone or in groups of musicians you know, the balance shifts again. But writing something for a group of musicians who could, even after performance, remain an abstraction requires a total shift in thinking.
After being so kindly asked by Ilan Volkov to compose a piece for him to conduct, I wanted to keep the idea of the points of translation that happen passing music from one to another, and the trust it takes. What came to mind in this case was an image of water damaged music, notes faded, whole sections smudged, a ghostly white mask over everything.
I hoped to hear something half forgotten, grasping to fill in the holes of memory that time and weather had eroded away. Hopefully the space is no longer what is forgotten, but what is remembered wordlessly.
And, appropriately enough, i have no idea why i decided to call this Come Back Soon.»