Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Panic. Melancholy

acousmatic (2001-02)

Premiered in 2003 at the Theremin Center for electro-acoustic music and multi-media (Moscow, Russia).

Program Notes:
Panic stands on the border between “serious” electro-acoustic music and its exaggeration.
It reflects the way of living in today’s metropolis with its rush hours, lack of time and
noise pollution, its everyday stress and loneliness. The result – panic.
The initial material of Panic is the filtered beginning of my Night Music for large
ensemble. The first two bars repeat throughout the piece, each time transformed through
different filters and plug-ins, disappearing in the end, leaving pulsating sine waves as a
shadow. The main sources of the piece are graphic patterns used as filters for the
Metasynth software, transforming graphic imagesinto sound objects and filters.
The title reflects the mood of the piece; it is a lyric composition based on the prerecorded voice of Judith Caplan (U.K., soprano). The voice samples were transformed in
different ways. Certain partials of words were extracted to create new spoken letters and
vowels, as well as rich textures (or “fields’) of voices.
The two sung notes, E and D-sharp, are repeated throughout the piece. These are the
“central interval” of Melancholy (the Major seventh), unstable by itself, but not
dissonant. The interchange of these two notes creates a balancing effect, associated with a
children’s “seesaw.”

fixed media
11 minutes, 14 seconds
April 13, 2003
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September 23rd, 2017
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02) - Bushwick Open Studio 2017
December 18th, 2016
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02) - Matera Intermedia Festival 2016
MUSMA + CASA CAVA (Matera, Italy)
October 11th, 2016
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02) - Logos foundation - De nieuwste elektroakoestische muziek concert
Logos tetrahedron (Gent, Belgium)
March 21st, 2015
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02) - SOUNDkitchen, in collaboration with Frontiers Festival
Home for Waifs and Strays (Birmingham, U.K.)
March 4th, 2011
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
March 15th, 2008
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music (Italy)
International Electroacoustic Music Festival
August 16th, 2007
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Trinity Chapel (Berkeley, CA)
5th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music
January 4th, 2006
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
University of Leeds (Leeds, U.K.)
Royal Music Association Research Students’ Conference
November 18th, 2005
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
UC Davis, Mondavi Center (Davis, CA)
Digital Brew
March 12th, 2005
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Sonic Odyssey Electronic and Computer Music Concert Series
March 12th, 2005
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
Merging Voices: Women in New Music Festival
October 20th, 2004
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Théâtre le Marni (Brussels, Belgium)
11th international acousmatic festival: The Space of Sound
May 28th, 2004
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Pro Arte Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Acousmatica Festival
May 27th, 2004
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
St. Petersburg, Russia
Festival and Workshop Acousmatica
April 13th, 2004
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Moscow, Russia
Moscow International Festival of electro-acoustic music and multimedia Altermedium 3.0: invisible cities
April 9th, 2004
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Wadsworth Auditorium (Geneseo, NY)
SCI Region II Conference
April 3rd, 2004
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan
6th International Festival of Contemporary Music, Europe Asia 2004
February 27th, 2004
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Burke Recital Hall, Denison University (Granville, OH)
Denison New Music Festival
April 18th, 2003
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Total Koleychuk’s Theatre (Moscow, Russia)
April 17th, 2003
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Uralskaya State Conservatory (Moscow, Russia)
International Festival of electro-acoustic music and multimedia Altermedium 3.0: invisible cities
April 13th, 2003
Panic. Melancholy, acousmatic (2001-02)
Theremin Center for electro-acoustic music and multi-media (Moscow, Russia)