Karlheinz Essl

Pandora's Secret

for punch-tape controlled music box and live-electronics
2009



Das Vibraphon streicheln (Heike Eickhoff)
in: Allgemeine Zeitung Münster (14 Feb 2009)

Ein bisschen Musiktheater steckt in Essls „Pandora´s Secret“ (2008/2009). Der Protagonist, hier der Komponist selbst, findet ein Paketchen, öffnet es etwas umständlich und hält schon bald eine kleine Spieluhr mit Kurbel in der Hand, die mit einem Lochstreifen zum Klingen gebracht wird. Die Elektronik veredelt die schüchternen Musikboxklänge zu großen Sounds.



Programmable Mathe-Musical Boxes (Rachel Wells Hall)
in: Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (University of Baltimore, Maryland 2015)

Programmable mechanical musical instruments, such as the player piano, have a long history. The twentieth-century composer Conlon Nancarrow employed the player piano to realize compositional ideas that would have been impossible for a human pianist. More recently, inexpensive programmable music box kits have inspired several composers to create works expressing mathematical, as well as musical, ideas.

(...) Karlheinz Essl's “Pandora’s Secret” is a performance art piece for instruments, including a music box, and electronics. The music box strips are punched in geometric patterns, producing striking musical effects that are amplified by looped electronics.



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