Circuit Fantôme

Season 3 Episode 11

 Grand Finale
 curated by Daniel Teruggi and Anton Iakhontov / Angélica Castelló
 cooperation of ELAK and Floating Sound Gallery Vienna

 December 09 - 11, 2023 | 18.00-22.00
 Entry: Pay as you wish

︎mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
      Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien
     Klangtheater @ Future Art Lab, Raumcode VU149

Supported by Stadt Wien Kultur

About the Series

Live performance | Listening sessions

Circuit fantôme is a performance series for octophonic music. It is put together by Anton Iakhontov and Daniel Teruggi and usually takes place in Vronihof, 1170 Vienna. 

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Circuit Fantôme Season 3 Episode 11

  Georg Volkert
  Elżbieta Sikora
  Qingqing Teng
  Patrick K.-H.
  Thomas Grill
  Daniel Teruggi
  Moritz Bernhard
  Moritz Seidel
  Anatol Wetzer

  Michèle Bokanowski


Georg Friedrich Volkert (live)
A mercy of peace 10’ (32 sound sources on a full-sphere in 7th order Ambisonics
Georg Friedrich Volkert, a physicist and mathematician, merges science and art through digital information technologies. He explores algorithmic composition using Max MSP and Supercollider and is now studying electroacoustic and experimental music in Vienna. He's fascinated by blending programming languages with sound art, aiming to uncover hidden digital sound realms.

About his comnposition:
A mercy of peace is a granular synthesis (de-)composition of two choir recordings, which addresses the transformation of humans into machines and the question of the border crossing between the two as it occurs in the current biggest attack on a European country since the Second World War: If man becomes a machine at his limits, what happens to the machine when it reaches its limit?
"A Mercy of Peace and We Hymn Thee" is the title of Pavel Chesnokov's (Moscow, 1877-1944) Choral Concerto Op. 9 No. 10, which was tonally adapted on the Choral Concerto No. 23, Op. 23 by Artemy Vedel (Kiev, 1767-1808) for this question. The corresponding choral interpretations, sung by the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir and the Kiev Chamber Choir Камерний хор "Київ", were used as audio material for the granular sound (de)composition.
The technical clicks and noise artifacts were consciously considered as central part of the compositional strategy. They reflect not only the loop boundary of the audio source sample but also “the limits of the computing machine” used to realize this composition. Thus, with increasing computing grain density the human voices become literally overstepped tonally by the “voice of the machine”.
Each grain within the granular synthesis has been individually spatialized along distance, azimuth and elevation angle in an algorithmic approach using operations with different step sizes realized in Max MSP. While encoding the distance information in terms of the amplitude, IRCAM’s current Spat 5.3.1 version for the HOA encoding of 32 sound sources on a full-sphere into 7th order Ambisonics has been used.

Elżbieta Sikora
Paris Gare du Nord, 16'
Elżbieta Sikora (born 20 October 1943 in Lviv, other sources write 1944 or 1945) is a Polish composer who has been resident in France since 1981. She has composed stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and electroacoustic works as well as film scores.

In her own words:

> Detailed information about Elżbieta Sikora and her compositions

Moritz Seidel (live) 
- tba - 
Inspired by the music surrounding him growing up Moritz Seidel started making music and playing Guitar as a 15-year-old. Now, almost 6 years later, he studies „electroacoustic and experimental music“ at the university of music and performing arts in vienna. Besides that he works on several music projects as a producer and songwriter.

Qingqing Teng 
Memento (2019) 05'09"
Teng Qingqing is born in Hunan, China . Her works include electroacoustic music, electronic music mix, improvisation, sound installation, sound design, and art video soundtracks.

In her own words:

> Detailed information about Qingqing Teng and her compositions

Moritz Bernhard (live)
Live Improvisation Performance mit 2 verschiedenen Bandmaschinen (Nagra 4.2 & Tascam 464) gespeist mit Field recordings und einem Synth (Lyra-8)
Moritz Bernhard, aka ritzmoe, a connoisseur of diverse musical genres and turntable magician, crafts immersive sonic experiences drawing from his colossal vinyl collection. His journey, spanning DJ collectives, founding cultural movements, and organizing festivals, led him to embrace electroacoustic music studies, inspiring his compositions bridging dance floor beats and experimental soundscapes.

> Detailed information: moritzbernhard.com

Patrick K.-H. (live)
Postards (2023)
- postards 02, 06’24”
- postards 08, 04’41”
- postards 09, 01’56”
- postards 11, 03’43”

Patrick K.-H. (aka Anton Iakhontov) collages within the fields of sound installations, live and tape acousmatic and animation, exercising cross fertilisation.

Postards performed within Acousmonium 2023 @ echoraum:

> Detailed information about Patrick K.-H. and his compositions

Thomas Grill (live)
Dirty Space No.2 (2023), 15’-25’
Thomas Grill is a composer, performer, and researcher in electroacoustic music, recognized for his diverse artistic endeavors spanning speaker-based music, installations, and interventions. His accolades include honors like the Prix Ars Electronica and Theodor Körner Prize, alongside directing the University course for electroacoustic and experimental music at MDW.

> Detailed information about Thomas Grill

Daniel Teruggi
Phonomaggio, 2023, 11’
Daniel Teruggi, a physicist turned composer, directed the Groupe de Recherches Musicales at INA for over three decades, leading pioneering efforts in audiovisual preservation and composing over 90 electroacoustic works performed worldwide. Retired since 2018, he remains active in music and audiovisual preservation pursuits.

About his composition:
Phonomaggio is a tribute to the Studio of Phonology in Milan, a pioneering institution in electroacoustic work whose name evokes the voice and the search for new languages. Founded by RAI in 1955 by Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna, it has been an important center of musical thought on the possible uses of electronic tools. Luciano Berio composed there one of the emblematic works of the 1950s, the Thema (Omaggio a Joyce) which pays homage to James Joyce and to the voice of Cathy Berberian who recites chapter 11, Sirens from the Ulysses.
No references, no allusions, a simple tribute through the memories of listening; the captivating voice of Cathy Berberian and the swirling treatments of her voice. A tribute also to the laborious studio-work involved at that time in the composition of "electronic" music, as it was called in Italy and "concrete" as Pierre Schaeffer had baptized it in France. Omaggio allora al maestro Berio.

Anatol Wetzer (live)
im Kreis mit Ausbruch, 8’
Anatol Wetzer was born and lives in Vienna, Austria. From an early age he started to experiment with the possibilities of making music with a computer. Since october 2021 he studies „electroacoustic and experimental music“ at the university of music and performing arts and Art History in Vienna.

Michèle Bokanowski
Trois chambres d'inquiétude (1975-76) movement 1, 9’
Michèle Bokanowski, a French composer, studied traditional and electronic music in Paris before becoming known for her collaborative works in film with her husband Patrick Bokanowski and engagements in theater and dance alongside other artists.

Detailed information about Michéle Bokanowski