utrumque Performance at Labor Sonor
Entangling Resonating Bodies – Audience, Site and Ensemble
Time: Fri 2021-08-27 18.00 - 22.00
How does a space influence our thoughts, actions and experiences? What do places and spaces offer, what do they allow, what do they demand, what do they prevent? How are spaces shaped and altered by what happens in them and with them? The festival LABOR SONOR : TRANSLATING SPACES explores the power of space in contemporary experimental music and sound art.
The motto of the festival is: Listen twice! The audience will have the opportunity to experience the same work simultaneously or consecutively in changing situations and spaces. Over three days, nine works by composers and installation artists will be presented at different venues. A symposium accompanies and explores the genesis of the works premiered at the festival – enabling artists, scholars and audience to enter into direct dialogue.
In the St. Elisabeth Song Cycle, utrumque is exploring site specific composition that entangles the room acoustics of the bicameral hybrid space of the St. Elisabeth Church and Villa Elisabeth. In each space, an ensemble of electroacoustic instruments is placed, symmetrical in their components, a double bass, a snare drum, a speaker and a microphone.
The music will be guided and shaped by interventions of the two performers, Eckel and Elblaus. The augmented instruments are imbued with the capability of being acoustically activated by electronic means, and all components form an acoustic network that also links the two rooms. From this massive space of possible connections, a sequence of links are composed, taking an input, manipulating it using digital signal processing, and presenting the result somewhere else in the hybrid space.
The audience is invited to join utrumque in experiencing how the same material unfolds in the two different spaces, how the different sites invite different kinds of interventions, and how the site-specific composition allows the site to sing its cyclical song.