Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Ingham, Stephen F. (2003). Fantasia Steganographia - Book 1: Pianoforte and live electronics, op.76, [music score], 21p.



Research Background
As a composer and musician engaged in practice-based research at the tertiary level for over thirty-five years, Ingham’s original creative works have served to extend and develop various genres of acoustic and electroacoustic music. These works have been performed and in many cases commissioned by performers of the highest international calibre, and subsequently broadcast and disseminated both nationally and internationally via recordings and scores. The research objective of this work was to extend Ingham’s previous techniques of composition for solo instrument and pre-recorded material to encompass live electronic digital signal processing.

Research Contribution
This extended three movement work for solo pianoforte and electronics was commissioned by the Antasten International Piano Forum in Heilbronn, Germany. It is based on concepts gleaned from Johannes Trithemius' most famous work, Steganographia (written c.1499; published Frankfurt, 1606, placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1609) concerning the notion of encryption. How can music be “encrypted” by live signal processing into new and unfamiliar sounds? This work uses proprietary software developed at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris, with which the Faculty of Creative Arts has an institutional affiliation.

Research Significance
The work was first performed by Werner Bärtschi, the well-known Swiss pianist and composer, with whom Ingham has previously collaborated on projects resulting in both LP and CD publication and many concert performances.