The Cloud of Unknowing

acousmatic work

Jack Van Zandt

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acousmatic work

Composer Jack Van Zandt
Year of Composition 2006-08
Duration ca.13'
Instrumentation Electronics
Categories (all composers)
Catalogue ID ce-jvz1cou1


This is an electronic piece designed for acousmatic diffusion. If you are interested in performing this work, please contact us.

Written in memory of Gyrogi Ligeti after his death in 2006, The Cloud of Unknowing incorporates some compositional techniques associated with Ligeti’s music, such as micropolyphony and atmospheric textures. The book of Christian mysticism that the work takes its title from essentially says that to find “God,” one must open their mind to the whole universe (the “unknowing”). I think this contemplative/meditative concept works perfectly in non-religious ways for composers and artists to find inspiration for their works in Nature.