Katalin Kretu

Cătălin Creţu, PhD, composer and multimedia artist from Romania. He composes orchestral, chamber, choral, piano, electroacoustic, algorithmic, live electronics, stage and multimedia works that are performed all over Europe.

He studied electromechanical engineering, music pedagogy and composition and earned his PhD title in 2008.

His studies abroad include an Erasmus mobility in composition and multimedia composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
Since 2008 he has been the Head of Electroacoustic Music and Multimedia Centre of the National University of Music, Bucharest. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Society of Romanian Composers and Musicologists.

About the piece

RESTBLICK for Bayan (Accordion) and Electronics

The title RESTBLICK joins the suffix of the name of the city Bucharest (Germ. = Bukarest) to the word Blick (Germ. = view), the first part of the title also having the meaning (in English) of remaining material, leftover, residue after the realization of the electronic composition RICHBLICK, conceived at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, during an artistic residency offered by the host institution in 2017.

The musical material is modal, mainly focused on combinations of large and/or small seconds that generate melodic tone-semitone structures and harmonic cluster constructions. The work is monopartite, with various ascending/descending sound processes played by the soloist overlaying the pre-existing electronic material.

As a part of the working process I developed in the Max programming environment, based on the Ambisonics collection of objects, a sound spatialization algorithm controlled in real time by the amplitude of the sounds generated by the bayan, the whole concert hall thus becoming a large bellows, a dynamic electroacoustic immersion environment for the audience.