Music for birds...

Past concerts

Sun, 22/09/2019
! Promenade + concert ! Start at Library De Krook. Concert at Library Ingenieurswetenschappen, Ghent
Sun, 22/09/2019
! Only concert ! Library Ingenieurswetenschappen, Ghent

Music for birds...


A visit to the library of the faculty of Engineering and Architecure of the Ghent University, designed by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, is one of the highlights of an architecture walk through the city.
For this occasion, the Italian composer Simonluca Laitempergher wrote Music for birds that are supposed to breathe underwater for ensemble and electronics, taking into acount its specific spatial and acoustic characteristics.

For Atlas Eclipticalis John Cage was inspired by the collection of sky maps which the Czech astronomer Antonín Becvár published in 1958. He literally took this book as point of departure: on top of the star charts he placed staves on which he drew larger or smaller dots according to the stars’ brightness. The result is a murmuring multitude of subtly buzzing dots in a sonorous firmament.

For this performance, Cage’s Cartridge Music is used as guideline to apply chance operations triggering the recording, manipulation and spacialized distribution of the sounds produced by the musicians.

Karlheinz Stockhausen on the other hand, departed from astrology for his Tierkreis. Twelve melodies characterize the signs of the zodiac. In an adaptation specially made for this event, SPECTRA positions eight musicians and loudspeakers over the width, lenght and height of the library building.


Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)
Tierkreis (1974–1975)

John Cage (1912–1992)
Atlas Eclipticalis (1961)
Cartridge Music (1960)

Simonluca Laitempergher (°1980)
Music for birds that are supposed to breathe underwater (2019)
commissioned by SPECTRA
world creation

Lucien Goethals (1931–2006)
Studie III (elektronische muziek) (1962)


musical performance
SPECTRA conducted by Filip Rathé

Bibliotheek Ingenieurswetenschappen, GentBibliotheek Ingenieurswetenschappen, Gent


De Standaard, dinsdag 24 september 2019 Anna Vermeulen Tamtam in de bibliotheek Het SPECTRA Ensemble gaf een stilteplek een fijne soundtrack. Zondag vulde het de architectuur¬bibliotheek van de UGent met ruimtetonen van Cage en Stockhausen... +