Recorded April 28th 2017 near Zuce village, suburbs of Belgrade. Fantastic polyphony of rythms in resonant gutter during a mild spring rain. This particular track proposes the musical content revealed in self-generated structure by no intervention.
Photo scores series are texture-based compositions picturing investigation of aural semiotics which are interconnecting objects and the place, environment and the time-frame. Following the tiny road of Karagačka Street near Zuce village in the wider suburbs of Belgrade surrounded with forest just under the Avala mountain, the locale is focused on weekend-settlement divided with this tiny road from an old Yugoslav Army rocket base. The overall photo score series are a soundwalk building its dynamics through particular points - places where textures are captured.
Field recording in this context represents principal information in structuring imaginative space in which photo scores imprint various narratives unfolding numerous emotional and analytical possibilities set for intuitive interpretation. Field recording was taken on the March 19th 2017 from 6 am to 7.30 am
Concept of a soundwalk built from audio-visual content invites for synesthetic experience in creative rethinking of this particular habitat. It is a place of tranquility swarming with narratives carefully structured from details, while embracing the impression of forgotten and graciously derelict. The road itself is a small one direction car pass serving house owners, connecting this particular settlement with back side of Vrčin village. Overlapping sounds of wild and domestic fauna with the hum of near by hills and roads as well as eroded noise of distant city of Belgrade are subliminal sonic texture that evoked the idea for abstract framing of creative interrelatedness between this particular place and potential artistic experience.
The media of photo scores is evolving around intuitive approaches in interdisciplinary sound related practice dealing with the notion of active listening and its importance in development of socio-cultural perception of sound. Synesthetic correlation between aural & visual through closer proprioception of the place / photography and time / sound opens new expanse of innovation in intuitive music. The series are inspired by the concept of British composer & sound artist Jez Riley French.
Incubus Mnemonics is an ambient experiment composed solely from field recordings gathered across the period of a year spent on relation Belgrade (Serbia) - Korčula Island (South Adriatic, Croatia). Sonic contrast of the two 'so close but so far away’ places I considered my domiciles had concrete impact on development of my cognitive memory.
The idea of cognitive memory being a catalyst in individual development of psychological perception of sound brought me to a discourse where listening of environmental sound triggers complex compositional process, builds active energy transfers and sense of connection with the source of sound or sonic ambients.
Compositions are conceptualized through equal frequency manipulation carefully builded with artificial reverberation calculations that represent my psychological frame for this occasion. The tone of dark ambience refers to subconscious dynamics operating ‘under the surface’ and in own paste of time. Vast stratum of abstract memory has been approached with the sound and in particular recycled environmental sound as a 'sense' of orientation within the experience of collective interrelatedness.
Ambient on the track Seeding Shadow is built from a single field recording of a bus ride, on the route 26 from Marinkova Bara to King Alexander’s Boulevard in Belgrade.
Released November 11, 2016
Field recordings, lithophone and violin improv sequences, composition as well as editing by Manja Ristić /// Guest performer on the track Miniature for the Moments in Eternal Reverberation is Danish pianist Rune Kaagaard ///
27 is a collection of miniatures conceptualized as a 27 channel sound installation. Inspired by the cycle of "waters" it represents a time lapse of artificial memories composed from an archive of field recordings used as a catalysts in compositional process.
Data in cognitive listening of the recordings are multilayered and are reflecting notions of the time, place and environmental dynamics that I further developed in to personalized narrative through various sonic interventions or simple software manipulation.
27 miniatures are windows overlooking 27 places evoking 27 complex emotions defined by synthesis of ambient atmosphere and instrumental or site specific intervention. They represent structured memories formed in dynamic interrelations of seemingly scattered elements extracted from continuous branching of sonic information. The installation is conceptualized as interactive spatial code activating different elements of the overall structure by movement in space. Dimension of random activation alludes on generally speaking vague comprehension of psychological mechanism of subconscious "materia" in constant interactivity with our reasonable resolvability.
in the Old town of Korčula Manja Ristić & Tatiana Heuman recorded site specific session at the west side of Depolo street in one of the darkest and longest mid ages passages /// improvising using chosen stones and pebbles from the island of Vrnik, found objects and built instruments they made interaction with passers and local residents, jammed along with magnificent st. Marco's cathedral bell set and by putting the recorder in to the whole in the wall evoked hidden stone resonance ///
Sonic diaries is a growing field recording archive available for free download at dedicated Sound Cloud account. It will be updated regularly and it represents my contribution to field recording sampling and archiving aural poetics of particular places. These samples are material I will be recycling in my sound art practice and would very much appreciate credits if further used ///
The Rebirth of Ahuizotl is a field recording composition set as triptych with layered sound narrative built around dualism interior - exterior, machine - living creature; transcending the possibility for a listener to perceive dualism coalesce and produce the space in between – reality and fantasy, dead or living /// The joint element of overall sound narrative is water, the body of water, the movement of water, the invisible spirits of waters.
sonic matter is a personal field recording project conceptualized as a sonic memory archive from which experimental compositional processes emerge. central idea brings the notion of listening as an act rather then the automatic physical function or unconscious secondary perception. simple effort of equalizing sound with matter is the starting point for spatial hearing and frequency recognition. building growing archive means constantly discovering qualities of sonic mnemotopia as well as sonic environmental dynamics.