Ilya Y. Rostovtsev's Understatements (2010) has been heard in bits and pieces across the United States. Individual movements of the work have been performed at several festivals, including the 26th annual festival of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the sfSound-curated San Francisco Tape Music Festival (alongside electroacoustic classics from Jean-Claude Risset, Mauricio Kagel, and live performance by Jonty Harrison), the 7th annual Pixilerations Festival in Providence, Rhode Island, in addition to Electric LaTex festival in New Orleans. The piece was premiered in full on November 22nd, 2010 on University of North Texas campus.
Understatements (2010) is a four-movement electroacoustic study of acoustic instruments. Each of the movements is focused around a single "family" of source materials, and no two movements share their sources. Due to an extensively flexible medium of computer music production, the piece relies on idiosyncratic and experimental methods in both the performances of source sounds as well as the recording methods utilized - some entirely impossible and ineffective outside the realm of studio composition & music production.
The third movement is painstakingly constructed from an overwhelming number of col legno gestures recorded by Sarah Summar in the Summer of 2010. The entirety of Understatements was produced at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) at the University of North Texas.
Ilya Y. Rostovtsev (b. 1983). Composer of electroacoustic and chamber music. Master’s of Music in Composition (University of North Texas / December 2010); Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics (Texas A&M University / December 2005).