Tonight on A Different Nature we will hear a couple of very long pieces from Christine Christer Hennix.
First up, the archival composition "Waves of the Blue Sea," from the recently released album The Deontic Miracle: Selections From 100 Models Of Hegikan Roku, on the Blank Forms Editions label. Recorded in 1976, this archival recording is the first and only performance done by the Deontic Miracle, an ensemble lead by Hennix. The ensemble is made up of Hennix on amplified Renaissance oboe, electronics, and sine wave generators, Peter Hennix on amplified Renaissance oboe, and Hans Isgren on amplified sarangi. These recordings were not released until July 19, 2019.
That will be followed by "Blues Alif Lam Mim In the Mode of Rag Infinity/Rag Cosmosis." This is a new composition from Hennix's expanded Just Intonation ensemble, the Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage. The Just Intonation ensemble with Hennix (voice) and Hilary Jeffery and Robin Hayward (brass) is expanded to include vocalists Imam Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, Amir Elsaffan, and Amirtha Kidambi; brass players Paul Schwingenschlögl and Elena Kakaliagou; and Marcus Pal and Stefan Tiedje on electronics. Recorded live at the Issue Project Room in 2014, and released by Important Records in 2016.
Catherine Christer Hennix (C.C. Hennix) (born 1948) is a Swedish-American sound artist, poet, composer, philosopher, mathematician and visual artist associated with drone music. Hennix was affiliated with MIT's AI Lab in the late 1970s and was later employed as research professor of mathematics at SUNY New Paltz.
Catherine Christer Hennix was among the pioneers in Sweden experimenting with main-frame computer generated composite sound wave forms in the late 1960s and in the 1970s she was a key protagonist in the Downtown School along with La Monte Young and Henry Flynt, with whom she has collaborated on numerous occasions. She pursued studies with raga master Pandit Pran Nath and led the just intonation live-electronic ensembles Hilbert Hotel and The Deontic Miracle. She was a professor of mathematics and computer science and assistant to and coauthor with Alexander Esenin-Volpin for which she was given the Centenary Prize Fellow Award by the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2000. Hennix's interest in drone music and the meditative, trance-like state it induces is apparent in her exploration of similar music in many other cultures and traditions.