Simon Bahr



flute, violin, keyboard, double bass


“Mixtape” was composed around various snippets of existing music, trying to rethink and combine them in a fluid musical continuum. They were selected by the members of the ensemble and myself and found their way into the score – in the form of very radically transformed rhythmic and melodic fragments – as well as into the electronic beats played on the keyboard – in the form of very short and unidentifiable sonic particles. Central to the composition are notated loops: They usually include an approximate instruction for each player, e.g. “increase density”, “single notes only” or “pick 1 each cycle”. Events in those loops are chosen to be played or not played by each musician in each respective cycle according to those instructions, culminating in a semi-improvised section at the end of the piece.