Oneironautics: the ability to travel consciously within a dream. We all dream, and we do so every single night. Can a collective practice of listening help bring us together in socially divisive times? What do we see, when we take a deep dive into the swaying waters of the subconscious? What lays there in the deep is a kind of music, a kind of dance, a kind of trance, so rarely materialised. Oneironautics is a bridge: between the world of dreams and waking life, between experimental electronics and opera, between different musical traditions.
An hommage to Suzanne Ciani’s dedication for moving sounds, an aesthetic quest for different harmonies, a gathering of primitive and futuristic images.For this first edition of Oneironautics, Vaguement Ensemble reunites two experimental electronic artists (Farah Hazim and Diane Barbé) with two singers and performers (Celia Stroom and Sibi Abhimanue). Together with czech light designer and illustrator Tereza Bartůňková, they paint an submerged environment using an 8-point soundsystem. For the first time ever, Laure Boer and Wissam Sader create a spatialized live set using acoustic instruments and electronics, bringing us into a trance that will be soothed by the serene vibrations of Pina Rücker (Kosmosklang)’s subtle composition on quartz glass bowls.
Wissam Sader is a self-taught Lebanese artist who deals with experimental music and improvised forms of sound art. In February, he was invited at the Stockholm Electronic Music Studio to work on multiple-speaker array spatialisations and will bring some of this knowledge to the showcase. Laure Boer, who recently finished the Amplify residency with musicologist and mystic Rabih Beainih, deals with witchtronics and hypnotic music. Together, working with zithers and telephones, drones and sampling, they weave a subtle piece and take you inside their dreams.
As a sound architect, Pina Bettina Rücker has been researching the possible uses of crystal bowls as a musical instrument, their three-dimensional effect as a spatial sound instrument and the humanly comprehensible dimensions of space and time on stage for 10 years. The quartz glass bowls are manufactured as silica glass crucibles in order to grow silicon mono crystals for the semiconductor industry. Pina Rücker has set herself the task of making her fascinating sounds known to a wider public – amorphous surround sound installations based on an amorphous solid – quartz glass sounds.
With Lighting and stage design by Tereza Bartůňková & video installation by Cynthia-ël.
Gefördert vom Musikfonds e. V. mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.
Oneironautics I. What lays there in the deep
Sunday, 8th March 2020 | Doors 20:00 CET | Starts 20:30 CET
Arkaoda Berlin | Karl-Marx Platz 16 | 12043 Berlin
Image © Tereza Bartůňková