“The Study in plastic” and “Ether”
Radio station: Polish Radio
Venue/s of the event: The Władysław Szpilman Studio of Polish Radio
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Concert date: 10/01/2020
The Study in plastic
In 2020 Polish Radio celebrates its 95th anniversary. Compositions commissioned on that occasion by Polish Radio 2 are not only the gifts for that jubilee, but also contain radio accents.
Asked for notes to his piece the composer replied as following.
Although this work does not consist of any radio materials (which would lead to a wrong assumption that this piece have nothing in common with the radio), it refers to a method which is a basis for the radio – frequency modulation (FM) and amplitude modulation (AM). These cyclical changes of sound parameters allow to achieve amazing sound results. With a wave with a sufficiently high frequency, the sine wave modulated in one of these methods is enriched by completely new harmonics, creating a much more complicated sound. FM Synthesis can be associated mostly with the 80s, when the legendary DX 7 synthesiser was created by Yamaha, while AM synthesis was used since the beginnings of analog synthesisers, mainly in ring modulators. Both methods can evoke memories of somewhat old-fashioned sounds from the past century. However, I decided to try to master the difficult art of creating new colours using frequency and amplitude modulation – using digital audio workstations, it is much easier to create evolving sounds than decades ago. So this piece is an abstract ambient collage of synthetic sounds of my authorship, and the output for it – apart from the radio – was sound imagination as something almost material, although very unreal and out of this world. Regardless of the radio context, the starting point were the ideas of sound as something material, although unreal, out of this world.
Rafał Ryterski (b. 1992)
Composer, multimedia artist (installations, sound design, audiovisual works), music Projects manager. Born in 1992 in Gdynia. The synthesis of the various styles from he draws on is a hallmark of his works. He distinguishes three main aesthetic tendencies in his music: glitch, noise, and idm. Although he does not avoid writing acoustic music, he is used to using electronic and digital media in his work, which gives him the opportunity to search for new identities for acoustic instruments. Besides music, he also organises concerts and music education in new music.
He graduated in composition with the multimedia specialty at University of Music of Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw (2017). As his mentors, he mentions prof. Krzysztof Baculewski, prof. Barbara Okoń-Makowska and Sławomir Wojciechowski. Since 2017 he studies composition in The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, in class of Juliana Hodkinson, Simon Steen-Andersen and Niels Rønsholdt. He also develops his education with various courses and symposia, e.g. Next Generation program during the Donaueschinger Musiktage (2016, 2017), Darmstadt Summer Music Courses (2017). He also tends to teach as a specialist within the composition, sound art and music technology. In 2017-2018 he worked as a composer and specialist in psychoacoustics within the Nightly application. His music is performed during many occasions – for example, the festival Digital Revolutionin Music (Warsaw, 2015), 6th New Music Days (Gdańsk, 2016), Festival Licenses (Paris, 2015), Warsaw Autumn (Warsaw 2016, 2017, 2018), Elementi (Kraków, 2017).
He also organizes large music events on his own, such as the Atlas/Łąka concert (Warsaw, 2015), which was organized together with the Academic Choir of Warsaw University, or the opera Anonymous, which Ryterski composed (Warsaw, 2017).
When I started working on a piece related to radio, I realized that searching for radio stations on long and medium waves was my initiation in the field of experimental music. What emotions accompanied me when, using the knob, I searched the entire frequency scale and came across various foreign languages! This was the starting point of the composition. Making recordings, I came back to my childhood, to the time when for fun I caught strange noises, rhythms, noise, various kinds of disturbances. The resulting material will become the basis of my composition. I will process it live with my turntable techniques.
DJ Lenar (Marcin Lenarczyk) (b. 1977 )
DJ Lenar (Marcin Lenarczyk) is a sound artist present on the Warsaw alternative and experimental music scene for many years. Connected with the Lado ABC environment. Plays turntable and loops using turntable techniques. He navigates smoothly across various musical genres: from the Klezmer band Meritum through the reinterpretation of Witold Lutosławski’s recordings, Irish folk songs and improvisations. He also creates music for performances, films and radio plays.