The voices of Earthlings
Radio station: Radio Belgrad
Venue/s of the event: soon to be announced
(programme for the Art’s Birthday 2014 and the 90 Anniversary of Radio Belgrade)
The Voices of Earthlings represent the sound fantasy about the planet Earth observed from cosmos and about human voices coming from it. These voices of joy, happiness, attempt of communication in various planetary languages and even attempts of interplanetary contact, and maybe even more the voices of sadness and terribleness – rise up from the Earth directly, via fast expanding spheres of the air molecules as well as via radio waves.
The project will last about 20 minutes and will consist of fixed sound matrix and live performances. The matrix will be formed of 4 segments of composition for the mixed choir and the orchestra “The Voices of Earthlings”, while 3 live performances will bring polyphonically spoken text. Apart from the wide range of the represented sound types, there was also a wide range of various actions, non-semantic regarding the choir, but semantic regarding the spoken performances. Basically, the programme tends to realize the synthesis of more significant voices that human being sends off or produces for the purpose of self-promotion and communication with other similar creatures.
Vladan Radovanović was born in Belgrade, September 5th, 1932. He graduated composition from the Belgrade Music Academy in the class of Prof. Milenko Živković. In 1958, he participated in establishing the „Mediala“ group. He initiated the foundation of the Radio Belgrade Electronic Studio, and was its head from 1972 to 1999. In 1993 he initiated the SINTUM Open Group Project.
His creative domain is music as well as painting, literature, Tactilism, notation of dreams, Projectism, the Vocovisual, Art Synthesis and new media. Coinciding with avant-garde streams, yet independently from them he researched in the field of the Vocovisual, Projectism (1954), tactile art (1956), Polymedia and body action (1957), tape music (1960), electronic music (1966), computer music (1976), and computer graphics (1988). The central position in his creative poetics is reserved for the ART SYNTHESIS. He has authored over 250 theoretical texts on music and new tendencies in the arts.
He has worked in experimental music studios in Warsaw (1966), Paris (1969), Utrecht (1976) and Budapest (1987). Radovanović’s compositions were selected to represent Yugoslavia at three SIMC festivals (1969, 1976, 1988). He has had 26 individual exhibitions and performances at home and abroad.
He published 9 books and one map, 6 scores, 2 authorial records, 2 cassettes, and 4 authorial compact discs. He has been the recipient of ten domestic and international awards for music (among them three first prizes at Yugoslav Radio Music Competition, October Award of the City of Belgrade 1971, Second Prize for electroacoustic music in Bourges 1979, Gianfranco Zafrani Award at Prix Italia 1984, First Prize at the International Review of Composers, Belgrade 1998), three awards for literature (one of them the award of the prestigious publisher Nolit in 1968) and six for visual arts (among them the First Prize of the Ministry of Culture for the best multimedia exhibition in 1992, the First Prize for video in Sao Paolo 1997, the First Prize of the City of Belgrade for visual arts in 2007, the „Ivan Tabaković“ award for 2006/2008, and the „Mića Popović“ award for 2012).
He is a member of the Serbian Composers Association and Serbian Fine Arts Association. Since 2001 he has been Guest Lecturer for Polymedia Arts at the University of Arts in Belgrade. In 2005 he received an honorary Ph D in music at University in Columbus, Ohio. In 2007 he received an honorary Ph D in Polymedia Arts at University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.
Predrag D. Stamenković, MA, composer and conductor, from 2005 till 2010 was a chief editor of the Drama Department of Radio Belgrade. Since 2001 he has been an editor of the radio series “Sound Workshop”. He worked also as a music editor of the Program 202 of the Radio Belgrade. His solo, chamber, choral and orchestral compositions have been performed both in Serbia and abroad. Predrag is also a vocal and instrumental solo performer of the music group “Musica Antiqua”, specialized for the Middle Age and Renaissance music. Together with the group he was performing in more than a hundred concerts all over Serbia and Europe. Many of these concerts have been recorded either for radio or TV. He has also taken part in realization of more than 500 radio dramas; some of them have been awarded at the prestigious world festivals. The art programs he had created, represented Radio Belgrade at the famous international contests of radio and TV programs. He has won many prizes in Serbia and abroad. Predrag is an Art director of the annual Festival of Spiritual Music “Choir’s among frescoes” in Belgrade. As a conductor of the Women’s Choir from Šid and the Mixed Choir from Surcin, he won prizes in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012, at the international contest of choirs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.