CORPORA ALIENA: TERRA INCOGNITA
Wednesday 20 October 2021 | 7:30pm (doors 7pm)
Tickets: £8 Advance / £10 OTD (fees apply) https://buytickets.at/iklectik/581691
Corpora Aliena is pleased to present a concert of experimental music based on the theme of ‘Terra Incognita’ – which literally means ‘unknown land’ or uncharted territory. The term could be used in a literal sense – or as a metaphor to describe any unexplored subject – field of research – or musical ideas. The concert consists of new sonic explorations and cutting-edge technologies – and features pioneering composers – sound artists – and musicians – and includes: Pietro Bardini – Bernhard Living – Lucie Stepankova (Avsluta) – and Pascal Savy.
Pietro Bardini will be presenting ‘AEco.16o/1i’ a sound composition generated by an ecosystemic algorithm that learns how to sing by interpreting its ancestry. This piece will be performed live by manipulating the system’s variables, the resulting composition is an exploration of the buried frequencies in the algorithm’s own ancestors. The dynamics of the piece are not predefined, its structure will emerge during the performance and is a dialogue between the performers, myself and the digital ecosystem.
For this concert Bernhard Living will perform a new work – entitled ‘Composition 2021.12 (Arnold Schoenberg)’ – and will take a historical perspective of the idea of Terra Incognita. He has based his composition on a twelve-tone row from Arnold Schoenberg’s ‘Suite for Piano’ – giving it a new digital identity. Composed a hundred years ago in 1921 – Schoenberg’s ‘Suite for Piano’ ventured into the ‘unknown land’ of atonality and serialism.
Pascal Savy’s contribution will be a new audio-visual composition inspired by the work of David Lynch.
For her performance Avsluta (Lucie Stepankova) will be working with objects – natural materials – field recordings – electronics and digital processing to embody speculative narratives challenging our understanding of reality.
Pietro Bardini is an artist working with sounds and computation. His compositional systems explore the interactions between organic and inorganic entities and exist on the boundaries between the animate and inanimate. Pietro approaches composition as a living entity that shapes and gets shaped by the environments it inhabits. His performances and installations have been shown at Barbican Centre, Borough Road Archive, The Crypt Gallery, Guest Projects, MK Gallery, LOA Gallery, University of Birmingham and IKLECTIK.
Bernhard Living is a composer – curator – and former multi-instrumentalist. He studied composition with the South African-born composer professor Stanley Glasser at Goldsmiths College, University of London – and philosophy at Middlesex University, London.
Bernhard Living’s digitally-based compositions have taken minimalistic compositional techniques to what he considers to be their logical conclusion – with his music being characterised by sparse textures – long periods of silence – maximal repetition – minimal variation – and are reduced to their most basic and simplest of components. The compositions are examples of ‘technological lessness’ – and explore what the architect and philosopher Buckminster Fuller called ‘post-industrial ephemeralisation’ – of doing more with less – of doing everything with nothing.
Pascal Savy is a French self-taught sound artist and performer based in London. He started making music in the late nineties influenced by early techno and experimental electronic music, using the studio as a compositional tool. Over the last decade he has explored more textural territories, often devoid of rhythms or melodies, and centred around atmosphere and immersion, to evoke imaginary spaces and expansive soundscapes. Nowadays, his music lies at the intersection of abstract ambient, noise and live electronics, and is informed by the tension between composition, improvisation and live performance. His work has been released on labels such as Audiobulb, Eilean Rec, Experimedia or AUDIO. VISUALS. ATMOSPHERE. as well as numerous netlabels. He has performed his music live in a wide variety of venues and contexts ranging from disused churches to warehouses and more conventional spaces, such as galleries and music venues, as well as club settings or sleep concerts. He has collaborated with Butoh dancer Mushimaru Fugieda and pianist Aya Ogawa for a unique performance at IKLECTIK in 2019, and regularly works with visual artist Hanzo Schwarz with whom he creates audio-visual works combining sound and images at the intersection of minimalism and psychedelia, and presented either live or in the context of virtual concerts. In 2021, he was invited by art organisation Amoenus and creative platform IKLECTIK to develop a project based around immersive 3D sound and designed for this a unique system of acoustic feedback used to create evolving and immersive sonic landscapes. His new album ‘Simulacra’ will be released in 2022 on Cyclic Law.
Lucie Stepankova (Avsluta)
Avsluta (Lucie Stepankova) is a sound artist, electro-acoustic composer and performer, free-improviser and lecturer of improvisation and performative practice at London College of Communication. Inquiry about our being in, experiencing and interacting with the world through the lens of deep ecology and new materialist theories is at the core of her practice.
Lucie works with objects and natural materials, field recordings, electronics and digital processing to embody speculative narratives challenging our understanding of reality and in so doing seeks to unlock its potential for transformation. The general aim of her practice is to encourage audiences to engage in listening as an active-creative practice, reconnect with and embody emotions, and discover new approaches towards solidarity as understood within the framework of deep ecology.
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