Yellow skies


instruments alto flute, live-electronics and 2-channel tape

year of production 2003

dedication Terje Thiwång


first performance

November 7th 2003


Konstnärshuset, Stockholm

Terje Thiwång, alto flute


work comments

Yellow skies was composed in close collaboration with the flutist Terje Thiwång, to whom it is also dedicated.

The initiating process was from the start a solo piece for flute. But the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on the September 11th 2001 left an enormous impact and dreamt in a naive sense that you saw "a wounded place with yellow skies and red seas". The tape-part is based on recorded samples from the alto flute and normal flute. The work is divided in six parts and the harmony consists of six notes in two different modes.

Yellow skies was nominated as one of the Swedish representatives at the International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music (IREM) in Rome 2004.

About Yellow skies for alto flute, live-electronics and 2-channel tape

Ung Nordisk Musik 2004, Crescendo, Norrköping

Sara Hammarström, alto flute

[…] ”Even more sentiment and substance was Benjamin Staerns electroacoustic piece Yellow Skies, inspired of impressions after the attacks on the September 11th. The alto flutes uneasy melodic parts wandered seekingly between glasslike notes that roamed muted in choked eruptions from echoing sediment and leave behind footprints to the listener.” […]

Michael Ericsson, Norrköpings Tidningar August 19th 2004

other performances


November 20th

Nutida Musikdagarna i Malmö

Jeriko, Malmö

Terje Thiwång, alto flute

Benjamin Staern, sound direction

Broadcasted twice by the Swedish Radio P2

on March 2nd and December 4th 2004

Live recording from the Nutida Musikdagarna i Malmö.


August 18th

Ung Nordisk Musik 2004,

Crescendo, Norrköping.

Sara Hammarström, alto flute

Benjamin Staern, sound direction

November 18th

Hör Upp! Kammarmusikmanifestation

Kulturhuset, Stockholm.

tape version.

Recorded by the Swedish Radio for later broadcast.


October 30th

Borderline Bonus Event #1

Palladium, Malmö

Terje Thiwång, alto flute

Benjamin Staern, sound direction

December 16th FRENCH PREMIÈRE!

GRIM (Groupe de Recherches et Improvisation Musicales)


Marseille, France

Camilla Hoitenga

January 15th

Portrait Concert

Skissernas Museum, Lund

Terje Thiwång, alto flute

Benjamin Staern, sound direction

2D2N Festival, Odessa, Ukraine
Anna Svensdotter, alto flute.

June 27th
Båstad Chamber Music Festival 2016
Mariakyrkan, Båstad
Camilla Hoitenga, alto flute.
Arne Bock, electronics

The flute player and sound engineer Terje Thiwång at Skissernas Museum in Lund during soundcheck before the portrait concert January 15 2007.