sugarcoating #4, for orchestra (2022)

sugarcoating #4 is the fourth and final piece in the sugarcoating series, which was initially based on re-adapting major sound fetishes in pop-music, based on data provided by Million Songs Dataset, a freely-available collection of audio features and metadata for a million contemporary popular music tracks. If observed from a purely parametric perspective, those are: reduction and homogenization of pitch and texture, increase in loudness, repetition (loop) and an additional one, which happens to be a by-product of other parameters, and that is – density. Density is, in this case, transferred back to the musician(s) by pushing their concentration to the limit by “overwhelming” them with information and micromechanics of perfection.

The piece was commissioned by Wien Modern and RSO Wien. Premiered at Wien Modern on November 3rd 2022 by RSO Wien and Marin Alsop.