Incontro Werner dei Mouse on Mars all’HangarBicocca. Parlando di documenta14

Redazione - 23 agosto 2017

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Incontro Jen St. Werner dei Mouse on Mars in occasione del Summer Whispers del Pirelli HangarBicocca firmato da Rosa Barba. Musica, anarchia e documenta14 tra Atene e Kassel.

“Penso che l’idea di anarchia sia molto vicina alla musica”, dice Jen St. Werner dei Mouse on Mars raccontando come è nata Glottal Wolpertinger, performance presentata in anteprima ad Atene per documenta 14 e con la collaborazione di Aaron Dessner e Bryce Dessner, fondatori del gruppo The National. “Certo, questo, è un pezzo politico“, aggiunge commentando così anche l’impianto curatoriale della quinquiennale di Kassel.

L’intervista, apparsa su Exibart, è stata registrata al Pirelli HangarBicocca in occasione del Summer Whispers. Terza edizione, quest’anno, del festival estivo che esplora gli universi musicali degli artisti in mostra. La due giorni di luglio ha visto il  susseguirsi negli spazi espositivi e nell’area del giardino di performance e concerti live di musicisti invitati dall’artista Rosa Barba in relazione alla mostra “From Source to Poem to Rhythm to Reader” visitabile all’Hangar fino al prossimo 8 ottobre.

Glottal Wolpertinger (multi-fragmented composition, 2017)

Jan St. Werner, composition, computer
Aaron Dessner, guitar
Bryce Dessner, prerecorded guitar

Glottal Wolpertinger deconstructs the principle of the musical drone, the timelessly dense, continuously spreading mass of sound, and uses idiosyncratic, abrupt movements to break with the traditional object character of music. For the work, eight microtonally tuned feedback channels are broadcast via the documenta 14 Radio Program for a period of ten weeks. On July 6, 2017, the feedback channels converge with each other during a performance with guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner in Athens. The eight compositional fragments each consist of a continuously modulated feedback channel based on a certain harmony. The feedback channels resonate at the tuning frequencies of 44 Hz, 133 Hz, 339 Hz, 527 Hz, 826 Hz, 1014 Hz, 1552 Hz, 1889 Hz, 2.3 kHz, 4.6 kHz, 7.15 kHz, 10.14 kHz, 14.873 kHz, and 29.45 kHz. The spatial configuration of these frequencies inside the Romantso space result in oscillations, binaural pulses, and sound artifacts that become more or less palpable during the course of the performance depending on the position of the listener. In this way traditional techniques of orientation in a musical experience are pushed beyond the limits of comprehension.

Previous broadcasts: June 21, 2017, 24:00 (UTC+2) and July 1, 2017, 24:00 (UTC+2).

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