Picture: Charo Calvo by Leticia Skrycky
Picture: Charo Calvo by Leticia Skrycky

REFLUX – Festival for Contemporary Electroacoustic Music at Kulturraum Zwinglikirche / Friday, 16.9.2022

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REFLUX – Festival for Contemporary Electroacoustic Music presents on 9 evenings in September, October and December 2022 each three different artists & composers from almost all continents.

REFLUX is the international continuation of FLUX FESTIVAL – Electroacoustic Music from Berlin which took place in 2018 on seven evenings with a total of 28 positions at Spektrum Neukölln. For each of these evenings we will present a classic in addition to two contemporary positions, so three concert parts of 30-40 minutes each. The program will be adapted to the acoustic and spatial peculiarities of each location or composed especially for these locations. The invited musicians each have an individual sound and formal language and are rarely heard in Berlin. We asked all artists for conceptual proposals, so that the program will be a balanced mixture of composition commissions/premieres, already existing works and rarely heard classics.

Sachiko M – “… it is music that is, at times, very physical in terms of the way it encourages one to perceive space (for instance, the fact that a sine wave appears to change ‘shape’, or sound quality, if one moves around the room), and very sensuous in its timbral content (though there are people who simply can’t stand these sort of high, tinnitus-type pitches, however hard they try to listen – and this is fair enough). Once one has accepted its parameters, and provided one does not have the aforementioned aversion to sine waves, its apparent extremity becomes almost warm and inviting (in a slightly masochistic way), forcing a focus that is rigorous for both listener and musician, but which also unites them in an intimate and even ecstatic kind of shared experience. At the same time, harshness, roughness, and a sense of risk are a major part of its appeal (as with the solo work of Toshimaru Nakamura; the sense of machines that evade the grasp of total technical control (one invents one’s own techniques as one proceeds, with an object not originally designed to be played as a musical instrument)). Sachiko may have famously described herself as a ‘non-musician’, but the attention to subtle shifts, patterns, changes of details in her work, that sculpting of organized sound, marks her out as an artist with a clear sense of what she wants to do and how she wants to do it, even as she leaves crucial space for the unexpected and for failure.” – David Grundy/Eartrip Magazine

Charo Calvo – “3 eran 3” – multichannel pre-recorded structure and live interventions; duration flexible, no more than 20 minutes; 3 different sources – instruments – playing in different universes and time scale; each instrument occupies a mono channel and a dedicated speaker – or group of speakers; interaction happens, it is not always successful, but interesting enough to listen; 1 analog synthesizer module, 2 digital synthesizers, 3 plastic balloons full of warm women’s breath.

Charlemagne Palestine’s Negative Sound Study was composed in 1969 directly on a historical Buchla 100-System experimental synthesizer available at the Intermedia Centre of the New York University. Charlemagne Palestinewas dreaming of an expressive continuous evermoving, everchanging sound form; an enormous sonorous, 3-dimensional sculptural canvas in mid-air using electronically produced sounds. The first experiments were done with simple sine tone generators emitting the purest sound waves without any overtones. With access to more complex systems the sound was constructed using the sine/sawtooth/square wave oscillators in a fluid ever changing mix of adding or filtering overtones and white noise to create sonorities constantly changing timbres and weight.” – (Source: Soundohm)

REFLUX – Festival for Contemporary Electroacoustic Music

Sachiko M: »16092022« (2022)
Charlemagne Palestine: »Negative Sound Study« (1967/1969) Diffusion: Lionel Hubert
Charo Calvo: »3 eran 3« (2022)

16.9.2022 | Doors 19:30 | Starts 20:00 CET
Kulturraum Zwinglikirche | Rudolfstraße 14 in 10245 Berlin

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REFLUX Festival is a production of zangimusic.wordpress.com with the financial support of Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Tickets are 15/10 Euro Festivalpass 90/60 Euro. Tickets are available at the door. Curated by Ignaz Schick and Werner Dafeldecker

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