It has become a tradition that the Institute of Sonology presents a concert during the Royal Conservatoire’s Start-Up! week. This year’s concert is on 31 August 2022, 19:30, in the Conservatoriumzaal.
We have a multi-channel fixed media piece by Leslee Smucker which was originally composed for Wave Field Synthesis playback and has now been modified for an eight-channel loudspeaker system.
BLACK the 10 is a theatre work based on the collaboration of Argentinean painter Luis Tomasello (1915-2014) and poet Julio Cortázar (1914-1984). Tomasello’s work relies on relief abstract qualities—forms are made from planes and squares. Many works comprise a single plane with slots cut to create a feeling of depth. From a few techniques, a vast array of effects is found in his work: edges of volumes and planes form features, the thickness varies—causing the surface to undulate, shadows are cast and move in accordance with the illumination of the shapes. Cortázar’s evocative poem brings many of these effects to life, dancing between physical qualities of the paintings and abstract conceptualism that the works exude. Cortázar’s prose is often situated in non-linear time, this cyclical nature is reflected in both the paintings and poetry. Smucker’s theatrical portrait adds her own imaginary sonic tapestry to Tomasello and Cortázar’s work.
Our Ukrainian master’s student Anna Khvyl will present a new audio-visual work called It was silence.
Anna writes about her piece: “This audio-visual composition is created from my audio diaries, conversation recordings, and videos recorded on my travels between the Netherlands and Ukraine. After February of this year, my perception of sounds and their absence changed. I tried to understand what was happening by recording my reflections on walks through The Hague and Kyiv and talking to people about their experiences.”
The concert will also include improvised music performed by the Sonology Electroacoustic Ensemble.
A free drink will be served after the concert. We look forward to seeing you there!