Studio Edwin van der Heide
Extended Atmosphères

Extended Atmosphères is a recomposition of György Ligeti's ATMOSPHÈRES. György Ligeti wrote the piece in 1961 and in the same year it was premiered by the SWF Orchestra in Donaueschingen. ATMOSPHÈRES is a textural composition and a radical response to serialism. In 1968, Stanley Kubrick used a recording of the piece as a sample ‘atmosphere’ in shooting his film 2001: A Space Odyssey, commissioned it for the score, and over night ATMOSPHÈRES became famous as film music. In 2011, ten years after the virtual odyssey and fifty years after the film’s premiere, van der Heide and Sonntag entered into a sonic discourse with Ligeti’s futuristic audio icon and made a recomposition that questions how Atmosphères would have sounded if it would have been composed today.

Extended Atmosphères at Transmediale 2011, Berlin, Germany
Extended Atmosphères at Kontraste Festival 2011, Krems, Austria
concept and realization: Edwin van der Heide and Jan-Peter Sonntag
keywords: györgy ligeti, atmosphères, music, composition, sound art, audiovisual, new media art, performance, installation, spatial sound, immersive environment, exhibition, gallery, museum, artist