Textures & Mosaics, volume 2
Textures & Mosaics (2013, 2016-18) is music for string quartet and live electronics composed by Ejnar Kanding. The work expresses a nordic atmosphere, which is also underlined in the subtitles such as Obscure Transparence and Sensitive Shades.
Textures & Mosaics, volume 2 consists of:
Mosaico 2 - Obscure Transparence 1 (2013), string quartet & Max
Texture 2 - Sensitive Shades 1 (2016), string trio & Max
Texture 3 - Obscure Transparence 2 (2017), string quartet & Max
Mosaico 3 - Sensitive Shades 2 (2018), string duo & Max
Texture 5 - Obscure Transparence 3 (2016), string quartet & Max
Obscure Transparence refers to the morning fog covering a marsh during sunrise as the sun slowly penetrates and the light is separated into a plentitude of dancing drops. Sensitive Shades can picture the richness in the colour of the sky in a melancholic sunset. This progressive music unites electronic and acoustic sound in a complex textures, bodily energy, and delicate simplicity. It pushes the boundaries of the beautiful and insists on being static in a way in which it leans toward the dark ambient music genre.
The ambient, the static and the gradual change are explored through complex or multifaceted textures. Every movement focuses on either texture or mosaic in its essence. The texture-pieces are characterized by a conjunctive line in a multi-layered structure, while the mosaic movements focus on isolated fragments, appearing in diverse surroundings or merely existing as a purpose on its own.
Textures & Mosaics is a work series of independent pieces of varying formation, which when performed together constitute a coherent entity. The first, third, and fifth movements are composed for four strings titled Obscure Transparence 1-3, while the second movement is a trio for violin, viola, and cello, and the fourth movement is a duo for viola (or violin) and cello titled Sensitive Shades 1-2.
The structure and idea of Textures and Mosaics, volume 1 and 2 are similar apart from the instrumentation. As a whole, they constitute a work cycle on ten movements: Texture 1-5 and Mosaico 1-5. The instrumentation has the same structure in both volumes: Volume 1 is for chamber ensemble: clarinet (Bb, bass), percussion, piano, violin, cello, and live electronics. First, third, and fifth movement is for a full ensemble, while the second is a duo and the fourth a trio. That also applies to the duration, which is 11, 7, 8, 5, 3 minutes, counting 34 minutes in total for each volume.
Textures & Mosaics is recorded by ACME String Quartet (NYC) in Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, May 2019. Production, mix, and master by Ejnar Kanding.
- Dark Ambient