I began working on Zeitraum–Ort–Zeichen–Sterne in the winter of 2005/2006 in the Elektronisches Studio at the Technische Universität Berlin during my tenure there as Edgard Varèse Guest Professor. When I returned to Holland, I brought back with me approximately 34 minutes of multi-channel electronic music produced at the TU’s Studio, some of which was interesting, some of which was undefined. Although I was not satisfied with the piece as a whole, during the succeeding months, parts of it continued to haunt me. After listening to the material again in December 2006, I began mixing down some of the sections onto four-channel one-inch analogue tape in the analogue studio of the Institute of Sonology and then edited out the parts I liked best. I deliberately worked with tape, which does not allow for an ‘undo’ option. These cutouts gave me ideas for further processing. The resulting transformations were combined with re-synthesized instrumental sounds (similar to the ones I used in Chroma 1) in such a way that their pitches would coincide. The organisation of the pitches forms the main contrast between the many sections of the piece.
Zeitraum–Ort–Zeichen–Sterne was premiered during the festival fünf+1 at the Kleiner Wasserspeicher Prenzlauer Berg Berlin in September 2007.
Available on the 30 Jahre Inventionen VII CD/DVD-box (Edition RZ 3006–3008) .