Swedish avant-garde composer Catherine Christer Hennix announces Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku, her second archival release

Swedish avant-garde composer Catherine Christer Hennix announces Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku, her second archival release
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Catherine Christer Hennix, the Swedish composer of avant-garde and Just Intonation music, has shared an excerpt from the second release of her archival recordings through Empty Editions / Blank Forms Editions.

Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku is two compositions recorded live from the very first (and only) public concert by The Deonte Miracle, an ensemble led by Hennix in 1976. Following 2018’s Selected Early Keyboard Works, Selections from 100… feels like a supremely synchronized machine’s lungs, forceful and exquisite in overtones. The ensemble is made up of Hennix on amplified Renaissance oboe, electronics, and sine wave generators, Peter Hennix on amplified Renaissance oboe, and Hans Isgren on amplified sarangi.

Listen below to a small slice of “Waves of the Blue Sea,” the calmer, leaner of the two massive compositions. A polymath composer and research, Hennix is a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at SUNY New Paltz and “a visiting Professor of Logic at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.” Recordings of Hennix’s bold work have largely been unavailable until recent years; Blank Forms Publishing is also planning a release Poësy Matters and Other Matters, two books of Hennix’s writing.

Her latest collection of recorded work comes out on all platforms on July 19. You can pre-order an 2xLP of Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku from Blank Forms here.

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