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Catalog No: FLX27
Title: Beethoven No.9
Sound Artist: Frank Rothkamm
Visual Artist: Carl Röchling
Label: Flux Records
Length: 1:12:13 (4333s)
Composed: 2015
Location: Los Angeles
Instruments: Csound
Google Compute Engine
Release Date: 9/6/2015
Format: Virtual CD
File Under: computer music

Frank Rothkamm [ Beethoven No.9 ]
"Seid umschlungen Millionen"

Be embraced, you millions

Otto Klemperer, the famed German conductor yet forgotten composer, who was a protégé of Gustav Mahler, fled from the Nazis in 1933. Settling in California, he became the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This was not a marriage made in heaven. Klemperer was diagnosed with a brain tumor and operated on which left him partially paralyzed in 1939 and he lost the post of music director. In 1952, during the Second Red Scare, the United States refused to renew his passport and he returned to Europe. In 1957, now over 72 years old, he made a record for EMI with the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Kingsway Hall, London. The record lasts for 72 minutes.

The album Beethoven No.9 is composed and computed from this record, containing my opus 553 through 556.

In the Google compute engine each movement of Klemperer`s EMI recording was shattered randomly into 1,000,000 event bits. Then, these were re-assembled to take up 1 hour according to a uniform random distribution. Each event bits` length is between 4 milliseconds and 2.4 seconds long according to a triangular random distribution but each event bit also has a random stereo panning envelope and a random loudness envelope in the 60dB range, making some bits barley audible. Thusly encrypted, each movement now contains an average of 270 orchestral events bits per second. The 1 hour movements were then cut to match the exact lengths of the Otto Klemperer EMI recording.

Beethoven No.9 is a highly detailed, multi-million process, cryptographic sound ocean from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

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