Kali Malone - Living Torch

Kali Malone

Living Torch

Portraits GRM
Release date: 07/12/2022
genre: Ambient
Format: LP
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Kali Malone - Living Torch


Following her critically acclaimed album
The Sacrificial Code
, Swedish-
American composer Kali Malone returns with
Living Torch
Living Torch
, through its unique structural form and harmonic material,
is a bold continuation of Kali Malone’s demanding and exciting body
of work, while opening new perspectives and increasing the emotional
potential of the music tenfold. As such, Living Torch is a major new piece
by the composer and adds a significant milestone to an already fascinating
Departing from the pipe organ that Malone’s music is most notable for,
Living Torch
features a complex electroacoustic ensemble. Leafing through
recordings from conventional instruments like the trombone and bass
clarinet to more experimental machines like the boîte à bourdon, passing
through sinewave generators and Éliane Radigue’s ARP 2500 synthesizer.
Living Torch
weaves its own history, its own genealogy, and that of its
author. It extends her robust structural approach to a liberated palette of
Living Torch
was initially commissioned by GRM for its legendary
loudspeaker orchestra, the
, and premiered in its complete
multichannel form at the Grand Auditorium of Radio France in a concert
entirely dedicated to the artist.
Composed at GRM studios in Paris between 2020-2021, Living Torch is a
work of great intensity, an œuvre-monde that is singularly placed at the
crossroads of instrumental writing and electroacoustic composition. Living
Torch proceeds from multiple lineages, including early modern music,
American minimalism, and musique concrète. It’s a work as much turned
towards exploring justly tuned harmony and canonic structures as towards
the polyphony of unique timbres, the scaling of dynamic range, and the
revelation of sound qualities.
GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales), the pioneering institution of
electroacoustic, acousmatic, and musique concrète, has been a unique
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