Radio station: Radio Belgrade, RTS, Serbia
Venue/s of the event: Studio 6 of the Radio Belgrade
audio stream: rtsplaneta.rs
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- Fusio /casting, melting, blending of the ideas, thoughts, blending of light and heavy elements by releasing large amounts of energy/
- Diffusio / diffusion, spreading, mixing different elements by losing large amounts of energy/
The birth of creative thoughts, their layering, and delamination, amalgamation into harder compounds until exaltation and desolation as destruction and devastation of your own ideas and thoughts to the point of desperation and desolation, are only quick stops on the way of evolution of an artist. And on that way, the artist encounters different thoughts, ideas, declines, immersions, and ascensions – he encounters himself. The one who recognizes himself, even in devastated ideas, is saved from the desolation of its personality. That is why every, even the slightest accomplished idea, although embedded in a mosaic composed of many ideas, represents a base, a bedrock, a foundation stone. One should never, under any circumstances, denounce it, put it aside, or forget because the moment when you encountered it is unforgettable.
There are a lot, a myriad of recorded moments that circle around artist’s head. There is a whole starry sky. Even if he wanted to choose the most beautiful, he couldn’t. To choose many from many is an absurd task, logically impossible, meaningless. But to find meaning in that is even harder than all other tasks that Mentor gave to Heracles. And Mentor and Heracles are hidden in every artist. Therefore, everything is possible.
In the radiophonic experiment Fusio/Diffusio, I have tried to steal some stars from my personal sky, but in a way that I don’t diminish their shine. I have never stolen stars from someone else’s sky. All my radiophonic works are rooted in the motives, thoughts and messages I have found in my creations, in my experiences, in my memories. My newest expression, Fusio/Diffusio, represents a creative step forward. There I applied the technological process of melting, casting, blending ideas, thoughts, light and heavy elements by releasing large amounts of energy. As an opposition to this, there is a sense of diffusion, spreading, mixing different elements by losing large amounts of energy. In this way, I gave a new life to some of my motives from previous works, and in the same time, I took away the right to live from some of the motives from my other works. Every one of them fought for its place. Affirmation and negation, good and evil, confrontation, diffusion, blending together as lighter and heavier elements, as thoughts and ideas. And, as a poet would say, this game lasts long, as long as there are thoughts, as long as there are ideas.
Simplified: Every process of radio, and especially radiophonic creation, is nothing but a fusion, and its broadcasting is embodied as diffusion.
SLOBODAN ATANACKOVIĆ, composer
Slobodan Atanacković was born on September 23, 1937, in Idvor, (Vojvodina, Serbia). He studied Composition at the Music Academy in Belgrade, where he graduated in the class of Prof. Milenko Živković and Prof. Enriko Josif, in 1965. He studied Orchestration in the class of Prof. Mihovil Logar.
After the graduation, he dedicated himself to teaching. He worked as a professor of harmony in the Music School “Josip Slavenski” and as a professor of piano and co-repetition at the Ballet School “Lujo Davičo” in Belgrade.
He is active as a music editor in Radio Belgrade since 1966, in the department of artistic music. In 1970 he became music editor of the First Program of Radio Belgrade. He was the creator and editor of the program “U svetu muzike” (In the World of Music) (1972-1981) of the First Program of Radio Belgrade, dedicated to current affairs in the music world.
For three terms in office, he was editor-in-chief of the music program of Radio Belgrade (1978-1982, 1991-1997).
During the two 4-year terms in office, he was the director of the Music Production of Radio Television of Serbia (1982-1991)
He was actively involved in the work of the Association of Composers of Serbia and the Union of the organizations of Yugoslav composers, as a member of the Administrative Committee, the Committee for Publishing Activities and the Propaganda Committee.
As a professor, he was in charge of the composition class at the Music Academy in Banja Luka.
Slobodan Atanacković published his first works in 1962. From that time we have compositions: Varijacije za violinu i klavir (Variation for violin and piano), Vokalni triptihon (Vocal Triptych), Klavirski trio (Piano trio) and Gudački kvartet (String quartet). With them, he already affirmed his starting point of modern positions of treating the sound and form based on the experience he previously gained by writing traditional forms: Koralne varijacije (Choral Variations for organ), Variazioni seriosi su un Thema imperituro for baroque instrumental ensemble, a series of Preludes and Fugues and other baroque forms.
With the vocal-symphonic piece Canto eroico, based on the poem Oči Sutjeske by Vasko Popa, he expressed his affinity to singing, to what he dedicated the most of his time and attention and created an opus of ten oratorios and cantatas – Kamerni rekvijem (Chamber Requiem), Mramorje, Adamska zemlјa, Poema eteriko, Dies Gloriae, Akatist, Simfonija eterofonica, Suguba jektenija…
But in the same time, he was attracted to the absolute music and in addition to the aforementioned work he wrote compositions which are highly appreciated today: “Basso e contra”- concert for double bass and twelve strings, Sinfonia da festa, Ad vivum – two frescos for symphonic orchestra and other works, thus confirming his affinity to the modern sound.
Slobodan Atanacković was especially attracted to the field of vocal symphonic music, particularly to the form of oratorio transposed in a new, original sound ambient pertaining to this territory. We should mention several works from his opus: Akatist, large oratorio poem written on the verses of Dušan Matić and Suguba jektenija, tonal dispute oratorio for soloist, choir, and orchestra written on the verses of Desanka Maksimović.
In addition to that, Slobodan Atanacković wrote children’s, incidental and applied music. He also wrote many arrangements for different kind of compositions for the purpose of Radio and Television, for the New Year’s concerts, big celebrations, shows, and other spectacles.
In the field of music publishing, he produced a number of informative texts and music criticisms. He’s the author of a 100 documents about composers and works from different artistic periods as well as the music-historic studies aired on Radio Belgrade: Tri veka violinske muzike (Three Centuries of Violin Music), Putevima simfonije (Paths of Symphony), Tragom razvijanja kamerne muzike (Following the Path of Evolution of Chamber Music), Savremeno jugoslovensko stvaralaštvo (Modern Yugoslav Music) and Jutrenje (Matins) – the book about historic reminiscence of our spiritual culture, development of singing prayers and forms of prayers with a deeper understanding of the essence of the important religious holidays.
Slobodan Atanacković received several public recognition and awards for his work. The audio illustrated publications were awarded at open competitions of Yugoslav Radio Television and he was the winner of the annual RTS award. He also received awards at the open competitions of the Association of Composers of Serbia, where he won around twenty awards in the categories of soloist, chamber, symphonic and vocal-symphonic music.
The October Prize of Belgrade that he received for oratorio Akatist should be specially acknowledged, as well as the two awards at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, which gathers works from 50 different countries in the world. At this grand spectacle, unique in the world, two works of Slobodan Atanacković Dve freske (Two Frescos) for symphonic orchestra and Simfonija eterofonica, were listed in the top ten pieces created in the world for that year.
He is the winner of the prestigious award ”Vitomir Bogić”, awarded by Drama program of Radio Belgrade, as an exquisite contribution to radiophonics (2018).
All works of Slobodan Atanacković were recorded on different sound carriers and distributed to stations countrywide and with the help of European Broadcasting Union and International Rostrum of Composers to all interested users in the world.
In the 90’s, for the program Jutrenje of the First Program of Radio Belgrade, he composed and recorded more than a hundred original religious compositions written in reference to Serbian Osmoglasnik, performed by the Choir of Music Production of Radio Belgrade, and premiered on the First Program, for which he received the Annual RTS Award.
He gave important contribution in the field of radiophonics and today is considered one of the founders of this genre in Radio Belgrade program. Among distinguished works in this genre, for which he composed original pieces, are three big religious creations: Carju nebesni, Besede o dvanaest praznika Gospodnjih and Dveri nebesne, as well as Put u reči (on the verses of Petar Pajić).
As the music editor he collaborated with directors Slobodan Boda Marković, Olga Brajović, Miroslav Belović, Đorđe Đurđević, Arsenije Arsa Jovanović, Vida Ognjenović, Aleksandar Obrenović, Slobodan Bata Sedlar and others.
As a commission of Yugoslav Broadcasting for the celebration of 60th Anniversary of the broadcasting of the first radio signal in this area (1986) he wrote Simfonia eterofonica by using technical potential of the radio studios and broadcasting techniques in capitals of all republics and provinces of the entire Yugoslavia at that time by shaping it with expressive radiophonic language. Different ensembles from every republic and province of the Social Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at that time gathered to perform the score: group of traditional folk singers “Paganke” from Belgrade, group of musicians of Peca Atanasovski from Skopje (Macedonia) who played traditional folk instruments, rock band “Makadam” from Podgorica (Montenegro), electronic studio “Masmantra” from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), tambura orchestra of Radio Novi Sad (Vojvodina), Choir of Radio Belgrade, Choir of Radio Pristina (Kosovo and Metohija), Ensemble “Zagrebački solisti” (Croatia) and Symphonic orchestra of RTV Ljubljana (Slovenija), creating a symphony in which every ensemble will find its place, and not by collage technique which would represent them separately, but by technique of progressively composed parts that will carry audio characteristics of the chose ensemble.
The manner of performing this piece was a grand novelty at that time. Every ensemble was in its own town, in its own studio, and every ensemble had its own conductor and they were all creating an integral sound by following the same score enriching it with their characteristics. For the ease of performance, especially for the synchronization of audio signals that arrive from the distance of over 1000 kilometers, and are supposed to be blended in one unique message, the author applied special composing technique in which time was measured in seconds, renouncing in this way many traditional means of motive correspondence and synchronize vertical of sound in terms of chords because of the risk of delay, and therefore the destabilization of audio picture. That is why the sounds and the thoughts overlap, buzz and last in the full diversity which was transmitted by the antennas and blended into one unique radiophonic message.
As a music associate, he created music for many radio drama of Drama Program of Radio Belgrade.
Author and composer: Slobodan Atanacković
Director: Milenija Stamenković
Editor and conductor of live production: MA Predrag D. Stamenković
Performers: Vocal octet from the RTS Choir;
Svetlana Stević – vocal;
Milenija Stamenković, Slobodan Beštić, Milan Cucilovic and Jadranka Selec– actors
Music editor: Aleksandra Paladin
Sound engineer in the preparation of the sound matrix: Milan Filipović
Sound engineer in the final mix and transfer: Zoran Marić