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Ode to your frugal love affairs

2/14/2019
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This sonic poem – in the absence of words – could be a participatory review for the abundance of dating apps rooted relationships with short expiration date. It contains reactions to matches on such apps, reflections to the essay The Agony of Eros by Byung-Chul Han, memory exhumations and sharp intimacy technicalities. The voice-voices disclose fragility as virtue and pain as spectacle as much as criticism and joy and pleasure as heart fitness. Articolul Ode to your frugal love affairs...

Duration:00:02:42

Omnia 2020

2/3/2019
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A personal and slightly emotional reading of the past, present and a possible future of the National Center of Dance in Bucharest. Articolul Omnia 2020 apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:13:34

Apophenia (binaural)

1/31/2019
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The material you are about to hear is an immersive acoustic experience containing footage from and around HOIA BACIU forest. It focuses on the POIANA ROTUNDĂ area, labelled as the nexus for series of events, often depicted as peculiar. Six audio segments carefully selected: details of all sorts; tactile illusions; collages; arrangements or unprocessed sound, mixed together. Some brutal, some seamless, blending the raw with the subjective. Articolul Apophenia (binaural) apare prima dată în...

Duration:00:41:06

Eight Over Two: A Soundtrack

1/28/2019
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We track. We follow movement, note the progress or existence of something, we signal through sonar and bio sonar, radio and Morse, radar and scanners, heart monitors and surveillance. In so doing, we listen but also compose an acoustic space of our trailing, create sonic debris of our pursuit, a spontaneous audible record. Articolul Eight Over Two: A Soundtrack apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:07:59

5 voices by the proverbial Fireside

1/25/2019
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During a thunderstorm that never happened, 5 people meet by fireside to discuss how power structures play a part in how we interpret and hear different voices. Together they converse and examine how we listen to each other's voices, how we experience our own voices and how we think our voices might relate to our personalities and identities. In reality, the 5 of them actually met individually with the artist in the sticky heat of Toronto's humid summer days, surrounded by cicadas singing in...

Duration:00:22:38

Santé (binaural)

10/23/2018
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A non-verbal sound design piece that translates the struggle of living a normal life, while dealing with the memory of a past trauma and its triggers. Articolul Santé (binaural) apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:06:26

Gate 3

10/18/2018
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I visited gate 3 of the Constanța shipyard on a Friday afternoon, taking on as „stalker” the local poet Yigru Zeltil, hence the abundance of steps on the recording. I did not catch a lot of interesting sounds with my DR-05 Tascam equipped with wind protection, except for a freight train that most likely carried cocaine, several types of trucks loading and unloading, plus a special crane sorting and otherwise handling scrap metal. When I approached the crane in order to better record the...

Duration:00:09:09

Twin Sounds

10/15/2018
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Cars pass at high speed through a village and overlap with lives lived alongside the roads of Romania. Like waves, the noise of engines invades the sound space and transports us from one house to another. At each passage, a previously imperceptible sound is revealed. This sound experience prompts a listening proposition: One sound can hide another; but could a sound contain, in itself, another sound? Can completely different objects and actions generate identical sounds? The search for...

Duration:00:03:59

Otetelișanu Morning with Maria

9/21/2018
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Early morning walk with Maria in Benești village, Vâlcea county. An exercise in finding the right morning ambience. A reflection on the recording process. The dogs are our friends. Articolul Otetelișanu Morning with Maria apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:12:24

Basement Overture

9/12/2018
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The stories that were told, the stories that were made, the ghosts that we heard and those that we imagined. A composition using invited and created sounds, a play with the acoustics of a generous basement, mixing prerecorded, diffused and rerecorded sounds in a dynamic dialog between faraway nature sounds, a voice imitating natural sounds and also being a voice, and the evidence of the architectural properties of the building through its acoustics and “mobile parts”. Articolul Basement...

Duration:00:02:13

Poultry Market (binaural)

9/6/2018
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Hundreds of poultry, ducks of all ages, from hatchlings right out of their egg to noisy males, several varieties of geese, some very large with red cheeks like a cock’s comb, turkeys, chickens and hens, delicate decorative cocks like knick-knacks, peacocks in full bloom, some varieties of pigeons with hideous heads and a discussion about ostriches. A binaural immersion that smells of bird droppings. Articolul Poultry Market (binaural) apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:06:09

Horses Talk

8/17/2018
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In the small village of Benești, a few hours' drive West of Bucharest, locals use horse-drawn carts to go to the fields. They return with freshly cut hay or sand from the riverbed. Coachmen talk to their horses in order to indicate which directions to follow and the appropriate speed. “Dii” to move forward, “Hai” to go faster, “O” to stop. I've invited myself with the microphones on board for a ride. Communication runs through sounds and gestures, which in my lack of understanding Romanian...

Duration:00:07:18

Idyll

8/3/2018
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Sound piece created by tweaking recordings containing the Romanian countryside’ sounds around the Conacul Otetelișanu, a skylark, some other birds, a pheasant, dogs, geese, sounds of my steps, the wind in the trees by the lake, the bell next to the church and me whistling a song written by Istvan Sky. There’s a glitch in/for every idyll. Articolul Idyll apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:06:08

Drip Drop

7/30/2018
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Drip drop it starts. Drip drep continues. Can you imagine a rain without the rain only made with our mouth? It began like this and went even further. Metamorphoses in a personal storm with thunders like bells running in memories of old rains from other days, how it felt the rain and water then? The dynamic of the water is felt in the flow and rapidity of chosen sounds to be composed. Engage a journey of personal waters that evolve in a feeling. Articolul Drip Drop apare prima dată în SEMI...

Duration:00:04:11

Bălcești. Morning (binaural)

7/27/2018
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7am. Driving Mara to the bus stop in Bălcești. She starts a binaural recording. I continue and develop the exercise. The piece follows our movements and reactions to the surroundings, the story of a dream I had, the immediate encounters. Articolul Bălcești. Morning (binaural) apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:09:49

Next Revolution, Please!

6/8/2018
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An art acustica experiment with two characters dialoguing on themes like revolution, consumerism, making the world a better place, progressive politics, subversive strategies, the future of mankind. Articolul Next Revolution, Please! apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:06:08

Withering Sounds (excerpt)

6/5/2018
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The piano is an anti-nomadic instrument. It is often sitting in the same room for decades surviving several generations of a family, silently (or not) witnessing their histories. In interaction with the room-climate the piano is slowly changing over the decades. It is a kind of time-travel-instrument shaped by time and space. Sound artists Eva Poepplein and Janko Hanushevsky (aka Merzouga) played and recorded three aged pianos inside their rooms. They are not pianists and used the pianos as...

Duration:00:13:52

Choirs and other voices

1/27/2018
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Maria Balabaş propune un show conceput ca o emisiune de radio live, cu publicul alături. Tema aleasă este muzica pentru ansambluri vocale compusă şi interpretată în România. Este un teritoriu destul de ascuns, accesul fiind oprit de lipsa înregistrărilor şi a informaţiilor prea numeroase vizavi de activitatea compozitorilor, dar şi de o anumită percepţie nefavorabilă care include prezumţia de festivism sau un naţionalism prea explicit. Maria Balabaş face o selecţie personală şi propune spre...

Duration:01:01:00

Un cântec vesel cu Neagu Djuvara

1/25/2018
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Azi, 25 ianuarie 2018, a încetat din viață istoricul și filosoful Neagu Djuvara. Avea 101 ani. Fotograful Cornel Brad, într-o ședință foto din toamna anului trecut, l-a făcut să cânte. Articolul Un cântec vesel cu Neagu Djuvara apare prima dată în SEMI SILENT.

Duration:00:01:03

SONG OF THE SIRENS for Art’s Birthday, live at Euroradio

1/23/2018
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Ulysses chose to „listen” to the sirens, therefore creating the possibility of being simultaneously active and attentive. A monstrous, overwhelming nature promised him the voices of all women past and those to come, the voices of mothers and daughters, voices of killers, women enemies hiding in the darkness of the unknown. The song of the sirens over the sea was meant to accompany Ulysses towards his death, and he wanted to hear it all. Voice understood as a medium for profound...

Duration:00:24:35