Saundaryalahari Project: Compositional research cycle

Yati Durant (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Abstract

The Soundarya Lahari or Saundarylahari (Sanskrit: सौन्दर्यलहरी) meaning "Waves Of Beauty" is a famous literary work in Sanskrit believed to be written by sage Pushpadanta and Adi Shankara. It was written in the 8th Century in present day Kerala, India.

The Saundaryalahari project is research and compositional exploration based around the spiritual/graphic formation of the Sricakra (above) that defines the arranges the verses from outside to inside. Each verse contains a poem in Sanskrit that establishes a spiritual/philosophical reference to the structure of the Sricakra. The poems are constructed as a hymn to Devi as applied within Adi Shankara’s Advaita Vedanta monism, and refer to universal social and spiritual factors that affect many things, including the sources creativity.

The Saundaryalahari project involves collaborative performance research, recordings, compositions and a collaborative website. The project involves research and techniques developed in the Pixidust projects published in Datashare: https://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/handle/10283/2987

The Saundaryalahari project utilises a developing system of interactive visuals using the Pixivisor software, which translates image into sound and back again – providing the opportunity for the performer to have a “feed forward” loop to regenerate musical materials within a composition. In between these processes are the acoustic instrumental sounds generated by an ensemble and electronically manipulated sounds created by synthesizers and scored material.

This research involves the following:

Development of a collaborative website portal: http://www.saundaryalahari.eca.ed.ac.uk

Pixidust project - uploaded to Datashare in 05.2017 with a performance of the final results in the Siren symposium, Reid Hall, Edinburgh 26.05.17.

Performance of Saundaryalahari 1 in 06.2017 in the Reid Concert Hall by Duo Biondi/Brunialti.

Performance of Pixidust 2 at the Seeing Sound symposium together with Jules Rawlinson on 24.03.2018: https://vimeo.com/268963244

Performance of Saundaryalahari 2 and Saundaryalahari 1 - 2 cellos version at Forfest contemporary music festival,
Kroměříž, Czech Republic, 06.2018 and in St. Cecilia’s Concert Hall 09.2018

Saundaryalahari 3 for large orchestra is being composed for premiere in Brazil at the Roberto Mendez festival for contemporary music TBA in Autumn 2020.

Original languageEnglish
Size2+ hours
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2018

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  • Saundaryalahari 2

    Durant, Y., 23 Jun 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Saundaryalahari 1

    Durant, Y., 7 Jun 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Saundaryalaharī 1

    Durant, Y., 7 Jun 2017, (Unpublished)

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

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