yellow skies

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


year of production  2003



dedication Terje Thiwång

duration 8’38’’


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 2003

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 2004

Ung Nordisk Musik 2004,



Sara Hammarström, alto flute

Benjamin Staern, sound direction


November 18th 2004

Hör Upp! Kammarmusikmanifestation

Kulturhuset, Stockholm.

tape version.

Recorded by the Swedish Radio for later broadcast.



October 30th 2005

Borderline Bonus Event #1

Palladium, Malmö

Terje Thiwång, alto flute

Benjamin Staern, sound direction


December 16th 2005 FRENCH PREMIÈRE!

GRIM (Groupe de Recherches et Improvisation Musicales)


Marseille, France

Camilla Hoitenga



January 15th 2007

Portrait Concert

Skissernas Museum, Lund

Terje Thiwång, alto flute

Benjamin Staern, sound direction



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


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

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