Leopold Hurt’s cycle „Dissociated Press“, performed by the Decoder Ensemble and Heinrich Horwitz

next performance: Elbphilharmonie Hamburg 20.April.2023, 20:30

„Dissociated Press” is a concert-length cycle of compositions by Leopold Hurt, that were composed from 2017-2021. The instrumentation ranges from solo pieces with electronics to a septet – specifically conceived for the characteristic instrumentation of the Decoder Ensemble, with the guest speaker Heinrich Horwitz. Dissociated Press – as a pun on „Associated Press“ – utilizes an AI algorithm for automatic text generation based on known speech patterns. The cycle elaborates on this technique, exploring different approaches to the idea of “remix-ing“, both musically and with language. With variations of the material, sliding between original, copy, mashup and faking, the perception gradually shifts.