Symvanta.xyz comprises an anthology of solo improvisations recorded during the winter and spring of 2020.
These recordings emerged as a need to investigate the performative aspects of music based on sound itself.
They are documenting an act of exploration of the sound possibilities and interactions with percussion instruments, objects and microphones. An embodied practice of musical creation, focusing on texture and timbre as the main elements of sound composition, through a spatial, perceptual and physical approach, while addressing the relations between activities of listening, improvising and composing as inseparably connected and reciprocal, in a continuous interplay with the temporality and site specificity of sound and music.
These pieces have been composed/improvised, considering that the environment and the situated circumstance of the recording process, are transforming the ephemeral aspects of sound in space, into the space of any possible playback medium and place it is into, and to all the potential schizophonic reproductions at any point in time.
Each piece consists of specific instrumental choices, sound performing methods and their resulting timbral, textural and gestural relations. Microphones and speakers are not treated as transparent devices of reproduction but as instruments themselves, as active agents contributing their own opaqueness and resistance.
All the pieces were recorded in one-shot takes, and no overdubs or further processing has been applied.
By performing sound I seek for the undefined potential; I try to create experiences that can lead to any number of directions, and with no clue in advance as to which senses or feelings there will be triggered.
(percussion, objects, microphones)
(crotales, bells, aluminium rods, chimes, small cymbals, microphones)
(popping candy, cat toys, steel wire tube brush, paper & plastic waste, leaves, branches, wooden brush, feedback system with speakers - floor toms - microphones)
4. surface trajectories #1
(wooden, metal and ceramic surfaces, tiles, silicone sponge, car springs, fidget spinner, mirror, radio, stones, thimbles, empty turntable, microphones)
(cymbals, car springs, microphones)
6. surface trajectories #2
(wooden,metal and ceramic surfaces, tiles, silicone sponge, car springs, fidget spinner, mirror, radio, stones, thimbles, empty turntable, microphones)
7. feedback membranes
(feedback system with speakers - floor toms - microphones, stones and pebbles, snare drum, crotale, bowed styrofoam)
All material performed and engineered by Giorgos
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