Hot on the heels of their South American tour two thirds of Groupshow, Jan Jelinek and Andrew Pekler present Faitiche’s Delia Derbyshire tribute project Ursula Bogner.
It seems almost incredible that Ursula Bogner’s musical talents should have remained undiscovered until now. Yet in view of her biography, this might have been just as inevitable.
(1946 – 1994) German pharmacist, artist and musician, she attended courses with Herbert Eimert, founder of the Studio für elektronische Musik in Köln at the WDR, became interested in these new sounds and recorded synthesizer musics privately for many years. Long after, Jan Jelinek met her son by chance and learned about his mother’s hobby, finally publishing a compilation of music from the scarcely marked reel-to-reel tapes and HiFi-cassettes.
Ursula Bogner | Rythmus 80
Inspired by several trips to ‘Orgonon’ (Maine, USA) – Wilhelm Reich’s former workspace and home – Ursula Bogner decided to construct her own accumulator and stored it in the family’s backyard. At this point, it becomes increasingly hard to shake the suspicion, later confirmed by Sebastian Bogner, that his mother was drawn to all things esoteric. Mounds of New Age literature and fringe science works would litter the Bogner household. And yet, throughout all this, she remained a Schering employee and thus firmly rooted in the sciences.
Ursula Bogner | Punkte
In the late 1960s, Ursula Bogner started to record her own music on reel-to-reel tapes. With some of these titles, we only found individual tracks of pieces recorded on a four-track-recorder – in these cases, I had to recombine the separate tracks to recreate the original piece. Unfortunately, I could not involve Ursula Bogner in the mixing process as she passed away in 1994.
During his artist talk Alessandro Bosetti will explain the architecture of the instrument (built in Max/Msp and M4L) and the strategies of improvised speech and phonetic improvisation he uses during his solo sets. He will also give an account of the attempt of creating a version of Mask Mirror in Korean – a language he just partially understands – in Seoul in October 2013 resulting in a project in collaboration with videomaker Orolo Che and poet Kim Taeyong. Since 2008 Alessandro Bosetti has been developing an instrument and software patch. Live in concert he reorganizes speech for musical purposes with narratives that are about nothing and everything at the same time. With echoes to the barouqe clusminess of the first mechanical calculators by the likes of Gottfried Leibniz and Blaise Pascal, Mask Mirror is guided not by mathematical princliples but rather mines the unfolding of language and its meaning in random sequence build on blocks of different sizes ( from Phonemes and incidental mouth noises to lexical units and prosodic fragments). Bosetti samples his voice with prerecoreded voices in an electronic ventriloquism.
In 2011, Sebastian Roux began to develop an approach focused on principles of translation, analyzing the structures of pre-existing art works (visual, musical, literary) and transposing them into scores for new works (radiophonic or electro-acoustic taped music). This process has led to the creation of: Quatuor (2011), an electroacoustic work based on Beethoven’s 10th String quartet, commissioned by Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), Nouvelle (2012), a radio work based on Flaubert’s short story The Legend of Saint Julien L’Hospitalier, commissioned by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) and Inevitable Music (2012- ), a series of pieces based on conceptual artist Sol Lewitt’s wall drawings.
The artist talk will consist in presenting the frst two translation pieces: Quatuor and Nouvelle. For each piece, means of composition will be explained, by exhibiting original fragments (text, score) and their sonic translations. After the artist talk, a multichannel listening session of Inevitable Music will be presented in a concert situation.
Ursula Bogner, Sebastien Roux & Alessandro Bosetti LIVE
Friday, 20 December 2013 | 21:00 CET
NK | Elsenstr. 52 | 2.Hinterhaus Etage 2 | 12059 Berlin/Neukölln