collaborative project premiered in July 2002 in Galway Arts Festival co-curated
by Sean McCrum and Hilary Morley with following tour in Ireland 2002 - 2003
Slavek Kwi: ALCHEMY
Collaboration with: Salah Kawala
Concept: Fire. Subjective report from an encounter.
Process: 1] Recording of sounds in the studio, original acoustic sounds
was produced with various manipulations of glass objects and pyrorgan
("fire-organ", glass tubes resonating with flames) mostly by
Salah. 2] Observation of sound potential of recorded material. Organisation
of sounds from original recordings with sounds manipulated by computer
(as edit/mix, filters, speed variation and reverb) into soundscape.
Outcome: electroacoustic CD-based composition
Compilation CD: "Sklo" [Glass-work] 6:52
Collaboration with: Inge Van Doorslaer
Concept: Microscopic and microtonal variations. Various grains of white.
Process: multiple discussions and meetings searching for a common point
in approach, consultation of each other's natural tendencies in creation.
1. electroacoustic CD-based composition "Various dimensions of ordinary"
[8:30] documenting process. Created from sounds of various objects, which
Inge initially used for demonstration of her tendencies in choice of textures
and forms. Piece contains sounds transformed by computer in combination
with acoustic fragments.
2. Microtonal sound installation: Soundtrack (fixed on CD played in repeat
mode) was created from sounds of bone china [porcelain] and is resonating
through objects with piezo transducers [in function as little speakers]
placed underneath, possibility to change sound-colours by removing and
placing objects on/off transducers.
3. Micro-instruments: gently manipulating objects as little percussive
instruments using ceramic sticks, creating friction on each of the surfaces,
placing little marbles and shaking etc.
4. Collage-piece demonstrating acoustic possibilities of objects (CD)
Compilation CD: "Various grains of white" 1:21
Constructed by editing and mixing of short fragments of acoustic sounds.
Collaboration with: Martina Coyle
Concept: Water. Oxygen. Transparency. Perception of fish within and also
taken out of its natural environment. Soundtrack.
Process: Created mainly from sounds of aquatic origin (with various computer
manipulations) and designed for special sound-unit, which is used for
diffusion. This unit employs moving membranes of speakers as additional
sound-generator (mechanic transformations of sounds).
Sound-installation is performed from two-tracks fixed on CD [8:35]:
1] Left channel of composition contains low-pitched sounds and is leading
to low-frequency response speaker with attached mirror, on surface of
mirror is placed one little pearl on nylon string. 2] Right channel contains
high-pitched sounds further subdivided in two layers using frequency response
of two another speakers. One layers effects little speaker with few pearls
placed inside its cone and another layer effects tiny tweeter producing
extremely high frequencies, sometimes on the edge of audibility.
Pearls placed either on mirror or inside little speaker are reacting on
movements of speaker's membrane and are producing additional acoustic
sounds mixing with other sounds heard through speakers.
Compilation CD: "Musique pour poissons" (Music for fish) - extract
of 5:54 recorded with binaural microphones in resonant space of Studio
12 in IMMA from sound-unit itself.
Collaboration with: Peter Strassner
Concept: Wood. Creation of sound-object
Process: consultation of mutual interests and exchange of information,
with precious help of Magda Maher (to whom I would like to thank). I have
described certain sounds I would be interested about particular sounds
this object would produce with leaving all esthetical and technical aspect
to Peter. I was especially interested about squeaking sounds of multiple
little doors, randomly sounding hanging objects and overall rocking (kinetic)
character of whole body.
Outcome: 1] CD-based composition.
2] Currently in process (May 2002): working on graphical composition destined
for performance combining wooden tower, pre-recorded tape and live processing.
In collaboration with Paul Roe (clarinets), Rob Canning and Sven Anderson
(live electronics - laptop).
Compilation CD: "Squearockora" 1:42
Constructed by editing and mixing of few fragments, non-transformed acoustic
Collaboration with: Robert Tully
Concept: Metal. Landscape.
Process: multiple meetings and consultation of ideas
Outcome: CD-based composition created from recordings improvised with
Paul Roe (also using clarinet) exploring strictly acoustic sound potential
of object. Searching for another possibilities - excluding voluntarily
obvious playing - through various manipulations and de-constructing of
Compilation CD: "Sleeper" 2:27
Constructed by editing and mixing of short fragments of improvisation,
collage from non-transformed sounds in combination with clarinet.
The works were developed during artist's
residency in IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Arts), Dublin, November 2001
- May 2002.