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Wallin's compositions show a comparable openness, though more in their media and styles - orchestral, electronic, jazz, opera, ballet and more - than in the mix of discipline and intuition which underlies his work. Wallin likes to set himself a fairly rigid compositional framework, often using the fractal patterns of Chaos theory and other computer-generated parameters, within which he allows himself a considerable degree of creative autonomy. The music which results often suggests a sense of order and direction under threat of being overwhelmed by a life-force barely contained by the formal exterior; indeed, its sense of sheer power has earned Wallin comparisons with some of the leading figures of the recent past, not least Berio, Ligeti and Xenakis. He enters his second half-century at the forefront of contemporary music in Scandinavia, and a figure of increasingly international renown.
© Martin Anderson