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Fast Radio Bursts (Single)

Composer: Maximilian Wolfgang Schwarz

Instrument: Snare Drum and Tape

Level: Advanced

Published: 2023

Price: €1.50

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  • Description +
    • Preface

      A Fast Radio Burst (FRB) is a radio-astronomical phenomenon of yet unknown origin. In some high-energy astrophysical process, a transient radio pulse lasting between a fraction of a millisecond up to three seconds emerges, releasing as much energy in a millisecond as the sun puts out in three days. Several FRBs have been recorded including some repeating in seemingly irregular ways, some as singular events. So far, only FRB 180916 has been detected pulsing every 16.35 days, while FRB 20191221A was the first observed signal that was periodic itself, forming a train of consecutive peaks seperated by remarkably precise intervals of 0.2 seconds. It is indicated that FRBs are emmited from a source with an extremely powerful magnetic field, most of those extragalactic. Theories about their origin range from rapidly rotating neutron stars, magnetars, black holes and compact-object mergers to extraterrestrial intelligence.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Snare Drum and Tape

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    • Performed by Maximilian Wolfgang Schwarz

  • About the composer +
    • Maximilian Wolfgang Schwarz was born in Vienna in 1997. At the age of 5, he started playing the drums with his first teacher in Geneva. Two years later the family moved to Bielefeld, where he widened his musical horizon at the local “Musik- und Kunstschule” learning classical percussion. He played in many bands and won multiple awards competing in classical competitions. Between 2015 and 2020 he studied “Drums and Percussion pop-/worldmusic with classical music” at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock with Prof. Dietrich Wöhrlin, Jan-Frederick Behrend, Torsten Schönfeld and Prof. Henrik Magnus Schmidt. There he gained skills in classical composition, which he fusions with his activity as a producer of electronic music in a cutting-edge manner. Since 2020 he concentrates his studies on classical percussion.   

      He gained further inspiration attending diverse masterclasses and joining the stage with international top artists including Benny Greb, Zoro The Drummer, Robby Ameen and Alexej Gerassimez. During multiple days of workshop with Grammy-award winning bandoneon luminary Raul Jaurena, he gained deep insight into Latin music.   

      Since 2016 he also composes for film, classical music and avantgarde-pop. The sonatas “Tricolon for Solo Percussion” and “Transition Void I-III” could be named as some of his most important works. Max Schwarz is co-founder and drummer of the neurofunk/postrock band CozmicRip (since 2016) and of the contemporary classical/electronica trio maTrigal (since 2019). After passing his classical final exam with distinction (2019), partly for his interpretation of Keiko Abe’s marimba concertino “The Wave”, Maximilian won a first prize at the international “Rising Talents of Europe - Great Composers Competition Series”, performing the same piece (2020). In 2021, his new piece for marimba solo Constellations I was awarded second place at Edition Svitzer’s inaugural international Stellar Competition.

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    • Fast Radio Bursts · Maximilian Wolfgang Schwarz
      ℗2023 Svitzer Music