The Logic of Impossibility: Et Symphonia Extenta


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Decoding the properties of time and acoustics

Created and coordinated by artist Mauricio Reyes (Cycom),  the 9 Beet Stretch 2.0: Meta Tones is an exploration of the properties of time and acoustics. It is about the design and construction of sound structures built according to the law of chance. It is also about time transformation, musicology, and acoustics. It pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions. It is explained broadly by exploratory sensibilities radically opposed to, and questioning of, institutionalized compositional, performing, and aesthetic conventions. It contains elements of indeterminate music, in which the composers can introduce the elements of chance or unpredictability concerning their compositions. Artists approach a hybrid of diverse styles or incorporate unorthodox and unique elements without any rules beyond the taste or inclination of the musician(s) involved. [a]

Brief project description

In the simplest terms, the 9 Beet Stretch is Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours, with no pitch distortions. The original 9 Beet Stretch was done in 2002 at NOTAM (Norwegian network for Technology, Acoustics, and Music) by Anders Vinjar, Kjetil Matheussen, Leif Inge, and Bjarne Kvinnesland. It was redone at NOTAM in 2004 by Leif Inge and Anders Vinjar, and the concert premiere took place from April 16 to 17, 2004, at Kupfer Ironworks, Madison, Wisconsin, under the production of Jeff Hunt of Table of the Elements.

The source recording for this version on stream is a Naxos recording conducted by Béla Drahos with the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia and Chorus (Naxos 8.553478). Courtesy of Naxos of America. All rights reserved. © 1996.


Music is a powerful emotional stimulus that changes our relationship with time. Time is regarded as an abstract concept, there is increasing evidence that time is conceptualized in the mind in terms of space. Sound is often associated with the time which is an abstract state also, sound triggers memories and creates a response. Time and sound seem to go hand in hand. Music is a complex structure of time segments whose different parameters can affect perception. Instead of thinking about time in a general, abstract way, humans think about time in a spatial way and mentally organize it as such. Using space to think about time allows humans to mentally organize temporal events in a specific way.

How do you envision the future of electronic music?

“There will be more AI,

it will be based on the idea of Muzak and more drone streaming. The bridges between “high” and “low” will be larger and only the future educated elite will have knowledge of and therefore access to new composed serious music (unless the education system changes in the world).”

Carl Michael von Hausswolff