Concert in the context of 'Mutable Audible'
As part of the doctoral promotion, the works of Gabriel Paiuk The Construction of an Imaginary Acoustic Space, for ensemble, tape and digital soundtrack, and Sound Theory (The Clouds) for violoncello, specially-purposed loudspeaker setup, video and live-video will be performed by the New European Ensemble and cellist Arne Deforce.
A note on The Construction of an Imaginary Acoustic Space
The Construction of an Imaginary Acoustic Space superimposes the sound of a salon string ensemble with the familiar and ubiquitous sound of recorded string ensembles that saturate the mass media environment, from the concert hall to the string arrangements of 1950’s Muzak. The traces of aural infrastructure inherent in these acoustic imprints are not concealed but made explicit, as a fundamental component of our everyday aural realm.
The work explores our memory and the performative nature of listening, acting upon the transformative and imaginary nature of musical sound and our affective involvement with the material traces of music history and popular media.
A note on Sound Theory (The Clouds)
In the theatre, and following the habitual preeminence of its frontal character, sound is often attributed to sources located in the frontal space of the stage. In so-called immersive settings, this attribution is multiplied, projected into a seeminly enveloping stage informed by a multiplicity of virtual screens. Nevertheless, sonorous events can never be exhausted by their attribution to a singular identity, as they are inherent to the spatial conditions in which they occur.
Sound Theory (The Clouds) explores the projective conditions of the audiovisual spectacle. In this work, the synchronized layers of visual and aural components that inform the practice of audiovisual staging are uncoupled, and the spectator is prompted to address how their sensorial engagement with sound takes shape. Taking its name from the greek Theôría (θεωρια) which lies at the origin of both Theory and Theatre and is linked as well to the roots of Spectacle and Contemplation, Sound Theory (The Clouds) is an experiment on how the technologies of audiovisual staging inform the ways in which we listen and the ways we believe in what we listen.
The artistic presentation of Focus, The Construction of an Imaginary Acoustic Space and Sound Theory (The Clouds) has been made possible thanks to the support of the Schuurman Schimmel - van Outeren Foundation and the Konrad Boehmer Foundation.