Corresponding Methal (1993) by Andreas Weixler,

Corresponding Methal for 2 percussionists, piano and electronics in 4-channel technique is one work from a group of works which deals with sound and compositional correspondences. Corresponding Methal deals especially with metallic sound and instruments.

A low plate bell (contra-C#) and a piano serve as the essential sounds, having been recorded previous to their electronic processing. Electronic generators and various other instruments produce unperceivable transitions from natural sound generators to pure synthetic sound generators through electronic manipulations. Numeric relationships which have as their basis the natural partial series are temporally as well as sonically processed, especially as regards the characteristic overtone deviation of metallic soundbodies. Corresponding Methal is in 3 parts, the whole of which is subdivided into 10 movements.

For the concert performance there are also instructions regarding lighting which pertain directly to the composition.



Part 1 strict temporal organisation; instrumental starting point; correspondences and transformation of the electronics; rhythmic organisation according to the overtone relationships.

part 2 main part. MethaCipl electronic focal point; overlaying of the temporal organisation; sonic correspondence of the instruments to the electronics.

part 3 through-composed sound composition; resonances and decays; balances, parallel composition of electronic and acoustic instruments.


Electronic sound production:

Hardware: Ensoniq EPS 16+ Digital Sampling Workstation, Yamaha Tx 802 FM Tone Generator, Atari 1040 St Computer, div. Peripheral units

Software: Steinberg Cubase II Sequencer and Computer mix Steinberg Synthworks 3.0 FM- Editor, Zetterquist Mz-Patch 201 Editor


Acoustic instrumentation:

3 aluminum foil sheets, 28 x 60 cm;

1 low plate bell tuned at contra c#;

shell chimes;

1 set of crotales;

3 gongs tuned at c#, g#1, a1;

2 pedal timpani;

1 cymbal for modulating the pedal timpani;

1 bass drum;

1 shocallo;

1 tam-tam (as large as possible, i.e. 105 cm);

2 aluminum machine wheels tuned to A2 and A2 lowered by 35 cent; 1 vibraphone;

1 chinese cymbal to modulate the plate bell;

1 Hand cymbal to modulate the tam-tam;

1 concert grand piano with extra bass notes reaching the subcontra F.


Live equipment:

computer mixing board: Acousta DCA 200

8-channel speaker system

8-channel digital recording, ADAT

2 stereo effect processors: Lexicon 300, Lexicon 480L

independent earphone monitors for 3 players and 1 director.

various microphones


Composed, programmed and produced in the studio A.Weixler,

supported by the Austrian Ministry of Education and Art.


Recording of the premiere: Studio 3 of the Austrian National Radio (ORF Styria)

November 17,1993 in "electronic access 93" (concert for electronic, electroacoustic and experimental music. Produced and directed by Andreas Weixler).


Shinobu Ishizuki, piano


Christian Riegler and Vitus Pirchner, percussion


Harald Domitner (ORF), Norbert Schnell (electronic access) and Andreas Weixler.

Produced by Andreas Weixler for electronic access 93.


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