Through spending time with people, an environment, landscape, culture, my aim is to capture their humanity in melodies, rhythms, and harmonic and form structures. The most amazing feeling is to hear music come alive through the craft of sharing music with others through performance.
Astrak is a work based on poems by Ingrid Jonker – Waatlemoen (watermelon) & NP van Wyk Low – Wrede Landskap (cruel landscape)
Astrak explores the importance of balance. The sun is a life-sustaining gift that is essential to our survival, but without water – it brings destruction. 70% of Southern Africa’s population depends on the agricultural industry for their livelihood. With climate change, we are seeing drastic changes in weather patterns, destroying farm land & the hope of millions.
Astrak was composed by Althea Steynberg, performed by Jillian Carelli & Rose Hegele, and mastered by Matt Ho.
RHYTHM OF AFRICA
Combining her African heritage with her Western classical training, Althea explores the rich African history of polyrhythms and syncopations through Western melodic and harmonic structures. Through the merging of not only compositional styles, but also instruments from Western Africa with Western traditions, Rhythm of Africa was premiered at the Gala Concert of the South African Society of Music Teachers, where it received great acclaim.
LOST VOICES OF NAMIBIA
Sesriem – The Savanna at Dusk
After a scorching day, a single star rises over the Savanna. Soon after, thousands follow it on its path across the night sky. In the patterns of the stars, the stories of old are told; the warrior, the fish, the scorpion. But the most important, the southern cross hangs in the sky showing the way to tomorrow, guiding our ancestors from generations past.
Swakkopmund – The Skeleton Coast at the Dead of Night
On the horizon, dark clouds swallow up the starry night. The wind picks up and foam laps at the shore. Howling around the hulls of the ship wrecks, the wind cries for all the lost voices of the sailors buried deep below. The lightning blitzes over the sea, illuminating the force of nature for a split second, before darkness descends once again.
In the gentle light on the first day of spring, a pink peach blossom opens its first petal, braving beauty after a long cold winter. Through gentle melodies guiding the listener, Morning Ballads invites you to move in courage and see the beauty of the world around them, even after a harsh winter.
for Concert Orchestra
Elf king & Mountain Troll
In the dream world of Elves and Trolls, heroes are born. Mythological Heroes explores the interaction between vastly different beings through drawing parallels between social interaction and the interaction between melodies. Mythological Heroes was originally written for an interactive game with built-in transitions and overlap.
Love & Let Go
Love & Let Go explores the wise words of Kahlil Gibrain, “If you love someone, let them go, for if they return the were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.” Throughout live, it is often the almosts, the what ifs, the maybes, that we remember and ponder. If you could sing of your love, what would it sound like?
Symphony No.1, Movement 4
for Full Symphonic Orchestra
African Awakening exemplifies the optimism and potential of the continent – creativity, industry and innovation ready to break free. Combining African rhythms with the Western classical orchestral style, African Awakening seeks to bring the best of both worlds into the concert hall. Symphony No. 1, was premiered in July 2018 with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra with Althea on the podium.
Fugue in Ab major
Notes are like people, they have past, present and future relationships, with other notes which effects how they evolve and are perceived. Fugue in Ab major returns to the early baroque style and structure and seeks to gain better understanding how complex voices intertwine. Perhaps if we can start to understand how 4 voices flow together in harmony, we can start to see how the 8 billion’s lives can integrate and flow together towards a more harmonious future.
Behind a delapidated cabin stands a forgotten old piano, weeds growing in and around it, dandelion seeds dancing in the breeze.
Calculated Deterioration explores the beauty of the disintegration of society through parallels in dodecaphony harmony and our international political state. The work starts out with the 12 tones organized into deliberate modulations, drawing on the Russian art of modulation to form a somewhat tonal-sounding soundscape. Gradually through time, the structures degrade and give way to actuality, exposing the instruments’ true qualities and embracing conflict of movement between the lines. Caclulated Deterioration seeks to confront pretension and expose the hurt in everyday life.
The connection between artist and audience brings life and heals emotional wounds. It engages with the audience and makes them feel as if their emotions are understood, as if they are understood, and that they are part of a greater whole of people who experience the world in the same way as they do. Performance for me means that I can bring people together and help them reconnect and express their true self.
Chaminade Concertino – Final Round of YMCA
Vivaldi, Concerto in C major, RV444 – Guest Artist at the Jan Ciliers primary school
Telemann 12 Fantasias No. 11 & 12
Mercadante Concerto in e minor, Rondo Russo
JS Bach, Sonata in E major – Solo Concert at Nelson Mandela Square
Popp, Kleines Fluitkonzert – Il Vento Woodwind Competition
The combination of technology and musical expression has the potential to disrupt the entertainment industry – to change how we view the role of music in our daily lives. Through technological advances, we can create a new level of involvement with the audience in musical expression. They can now interact, affect and express with the musicians, and become actively involved with the outcome of the performance.
The game features recorded dialogue combined with interactive programmed and real-time performance elements that enable you to complete your journey and experience the Dream Machine. Dream Machine was created by the Berklee EPD department in collaboration with Nona Hendryx and Chagall van den Berg. On this project, we had teams of students responsible for the different features of the game. Aletta Steynberg was in charge of the audio integrations team. Her team was given the audio assets from the Music, Sound Effects, and Dialogue teams. Aletta built the Wwise project, set up file structures, designed interaction parameters, and set the attenuation settings for each audio source. The other students had no previous game audio experience. Aletta shared her knowledge with the other students through zoom sessions, documents, and tutorial videos to enable students to contribute to the Wwise session by uploading music files, creating files structures, and associating containers with events. A crucial part of the game was to direct the players in real-time via prerecorded phrases such as “Come here” and “follow me” by the live player performers. For these phrases to be useful, audience players needed to be able to identify the direction of the audio sources. Aletta was able to create attenuation mapping that enabled this function able to be successful. Check out The Dream Machine website here for more information: https://www.dreammachine.live/
VRSO – VIRTUO STUDIOS
VRSO is a Virtual Reality Symphony Orchestra that allows players of all technical levels to experience that magic of conducting a full symphonic orchestra from their home. This eliminates barriers between people listening to music and the people creating it, giving everyone the opportunity for all to interact with music and create unique experiences. VRSO was developed out of the Reality Virtually Hackathon, MIT – where it walked away with a prize. VRSO is built by Virtuo Studios, founded by Berklee Grad, Shirly Gurten. Aletta Steynberg joined the team in 2020 as the Audio Developer and now assists in the everyday run of Virtuo Studios as Co-Founder. She designed the audio structures within Elias to enable players to individually control more than 40 musical entrances in each level, each responding to the player’s actions. This is crucial to the gameplay of VRSO providing players with real-time feedback on their conducting skills which ensures player engagement. VRSO will be released later this year. For more information check out Virtuo Studios’ website: https://virtuostudios.com/