Pentecost 2018 Notebook / Scott Roller, Stuttgart


Scott Roller— cellist, composer-performer, educator and writer from Stuttgart Germany, is working on a set of audio materials for an all-night Pentecost concert of electro-acoustic music scheduled for May 20. He writes: 

"Quite simply the notebook of material I have collated the past week or so in preparation for 5 distinct sets of music to be offered up on Pentecost (Sunday, 20 May 2018) each hour on the hour from 19:00 (7 pm) to 23:00 (11 pm) and open-ended until past midnight... Location, Jugendkirche, Eckartstraße 2, 70191 Stuttgart, Germany."

Listen to the audio tracks on SoundCloud, in anticipation of the concert:
(if you're on a mobile, select "Listen in browser", or scroll down to the list of tracks)

And, read Scott's extensive Program Note on the project - at the bottom of this post.

Pentecost 2018 Notebook - 5 SETS


For more information on Scott Roller's music, visit his website:

For the concert venue, see the Facebook Page of Jugendkirche, Stuttgart

Photo from Jugenkirche, Stuttgart Germany  Facebook page

Photo from Jugenkirche, Stuttgart Germany Facebook page

  • Here is Scott's detailed program note on the Pentecost project, the church, and his working collaboratively in it:

"In Germany, Pentecost is one of the three Christian holidays which are celebrated as TWO days: first and second Christmas Days, Easter Days 1 & 2 and the same with Pentecost, which is called "Pfingsten" here. The Stuttgart churches have a tradition of having a sort of "Long Night of the Churches" all Pentecost Sunday evening, and many of the main churches have some special program going on so that one can visit a few of the churches for an hour or two between 7 pm and about midnight.

The Jugendkirche (Youth Church) is an interesting structure which was built in the 1930s and as such has an extensive bomb shelter with several larger rooms, directly under the sanctuary. Some people even think that the bomb shelter was the real reason the church was built, to doubly secure the shelter. These rooms have steel doors like a submarine to be gas-proof and have orientation guides painted in glowing phosphorescent paint. Fairly spooky... The sanctuary itself is very raw and somewhat abandoned, though there is extensive old woodwork and an organ balcony. But the pews have all been taken out except on the balcony on the back of the chancel and the floor is worn out - some stone, much wood. The artist (Thomas Putze, sculptor and performance artist): who is participating as he wishes throughout the evening is even free to carve on, adorn and disfigure the floor - he works in wood. The church will be extensively renovated in several months so we have sort of idiot's license. 

Here is a link to a Google search about Thomas Putze.
And another church performance:

There is actually another performance-artist who is going to be interacting with us - who is also an art therapist – Stefanie Quaas, formerly Stefanie Haecker...

We had a meeting last Friday in the church (without Putze) and it became clear that we would be doing five sets - with the beginning of each new hour important so visitors would know when to expect something at each church. It was important to the youth pastor (the fourth in the team) that each group of visitors have a chance to spend 10-15 min in the bomb shelter/cellar and it was important to us that the evening was somehow articulated and not just run together into one long chaos session. They described the sort of minimal music that should happen in the cellar and I wanted it to have an installation character so I will have a sound system there which has one speaker near the doorway from the sanctuary to the cellar and two strategically placed loudspeakers downstairs playing the first piece in the playlist as a 4' loop...

We had all agreed to work fairly improvisationally, but an entire open evening of 5 hours was a bit much to go at it entirely solo and I had been honing my craft with electronics for the past 7-10 years and I was looking for material I could use in upcoming "shows" so I started going through the various libraries of sounds that I had collected over the past few years and came up with the set I posted. The Rotterdam Material you liked, which bears a striking resemblance to EDM (Electronic Dance Music), got chosen for the beginning and ending of the proper evening. The percussion is much more interesting than the example belies. The I Ching Litany has been in my baggage for over ten years now – the Lax poems belong to another project but certain images fit very well to Pentecost. The general G-tuning ending is intended for anyone to join in..."

-- Guest contributor Scott Roller, with Catherine Schieve, editor / May 11, 2018.