27/09 – 12/10/2014 Space04
Richard Mosse (IR)
For two years, the Irish film-maker and photographer Richard Mosse travelled in eastern Congo together with cameraman Trevor Tweeten, trailing rebel groups and visiting places plagued by violence and terror. So far, more than five million people have been killed in a civil war that has been raging since the end of the 90s. “The Enclave” is a film installation that condenses
authentic soundscapes and the terrifying, eerily coloured images captured on 16mm infrared film into an uncanny elegy to a nightmare known as war.
When we see tanks driving around and people burying the dead in “The Enclave”, then it is not in the manner of the war reporter’s documentary material, but rather as an artistic, personal approach to this horror. The installation was one of the two winners of the ECAS Call 2012, was on show at last year’s Venice Biennale and is now set to screen as an Austrian premiere at musikprotokoll at the steirischer herbst festival.
Direction and production: Richard Mosse (IR)
Cut: Trevor Tweeten (US)
Sound design: Ben Frost (AU)
Produced by ORF musikprotokoll & Kunsthaus Graz. In cooperation with steirischer herbst. In the framework of ECAS – Networking Tomorrow’s Art For An Unknown Future Winner project ECAS Call 2012, working period 2 “Bridging”.
Assimilation Process (DE), Maxime Denuc (BE), Electric Indigo & Pia Palme (AT), Callum Higgins (GB), Lars Kynde & Jeroen Uyttendaele (NL), Mental Overdrive (NO), Noid (AT), Martins Rokis (LV), Pierce Warnecke (US/DE), Zenial (PL) u. a.
The carousel – an object of yearning from childhood days. Once in motion, its centrifugal force elicited screams of joy. Although the musikprotokoll carousel looks like the ones in days of old, every ride takes you to a different acoustic present and, at the same time, to a new world of sound. The pieces can only be heard and felt while our bodies are rotating.
Artists from all over Europe have created works for the ECAS carousel. Five years ago, musikprotokoll started together with eight ECAS partner festivals the project "Networking Tomorrow's Art for An Unknown Future". To mark this anniversary of a joint search for instruments for an uncertain future, partner institutions invited those artists who are now setting this carousel in musical motion. A merry-go-round for advanced players.
Commissioned by musikprotokoll In the framework of ECAS – Networking Tomorrow‘s Art for An Unknown Future, working period 4 „Tools For An Unknown Future“. In cooperation with Skaņu Mežs, Insomnia, Cimatics, TodaysArt, Unsound, CYNETART, FutureEverything & CTM Festival.
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09/10, 11/10 Murinsel, Logo Jugend.info
The radio-makers from Ö1 love live broadcasts. But only after the show do they know whether it was a success. Whether listeners could feel the atmosphere of a concert during the transmission, whether the right questions were asked and the right words found. Live radio is a high-adrenaline risk. Just as new music is always a gamble. Premieres in particular have the potential to become legendary. They can, of course, also go awry. musikprotokoll has always been a festival devoted to the adventure of new music. And it has always been a radio festival. That is to say, a double adrenaline kick.
All musikprotokoll concerts are broadcast on Ö1. The festival also offers several opportunities to get involved in the making of radio. “Ö1-Kulturjournal”, “Spielräume” on Thursday and “Ö1-Klassiktreffpunkt” on Saturday all welcome visitors!
09/10 esc medien kunst labor
Valentina Vuksic (CH)
Unfazed by the outside world, servers drone away in farms all over the world where they manage and store our data. But a server can also be transformed into an acoustic space and this electronic entity can be made audible. Starting out from the physical components of the machine, the electromagnetic fields can be converted into acoustic waves and the sounds of the machine translated into peculiar arrangements of sound – with the software creating very unusual dimensions of time and space during its runtime.
In cooperation with steirischer herbst, esc medien kunst labor & musikprotokoll In the framework of the exhibition “Ministry of Hacking”.
In Search of the Future of Radio
07/10-12/10 Festivalzentrum (Paulustorgasse)
π node (FR)
In Search of the Future of Radio
What surprises does radio hold in store for us? The media artist’s group π node joins forces with protagonists of esc medienkunstlabor, mur.at, Radio Helsinki, pd-graz and realraum to examine how the narrative, participatory and imaginary potential of this medium can be realised in the future. For the duration of the festival a temporary social space will open for visitors to give free rein to their creativity. The group of radio activists and artists provide a wide range of cutting-edge and sometimes older technologies with the aim of enabling reflection on the basic historical and societal conditions of radio.
π node see radio as an instrument that anyone can learn quickly and easily. The doors of the radio workshop will open on Tuesday, 7 October, before the festival starts. Anyone interested is welcome, and maybe you can even take part in the first performance on Thursday evening.
Application and information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur, CTM Festival & Ö1 Kunstradio, esc medien kunst labor, mur.at, Radio Helsinki, Pd-graz & Realraum In the framework of ECAS – Networking Tomorrow‘s Art for An Unknown Future, working period 3 “Ubiquitous Art and Music. Art, Sound and the Everyday”.
Un concert grandiose – RSO Wien & Klangforum Wien
Jörn Arnecke (DE), Pierluigi Billone (IT) & Georg Friedrich Haas (AT) / RSO Wien (AT) und Klangforum Wien (AT)
Budget cuts? Even smaller instrumentations? In response to this, the hard-pressed forces are simply focused in “Un concert grandiose – Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Klangforum Wien” – pure luxury. Never before have Austria’s two finest orchestras for contemporary music performed a piece on stage together. Now the time has come: the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra is now set to make music with Klangforum Wien. The piece – a “concerto grosso” for chamber ensemble and orchestra – was written by the composer Georg Friedrich Haas. The idea behind the work was to combine the orchestral sense of sound with the subtleties of an ensemble-style collective of soloists, thus creating a musical genre that is as new as it is luxurious. The ensemble as an essential vehicle of contemporary music as we know it today came into being in the latter half of the 20th century as a collective of soloists. Klangforum as a soloist and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra as an orchestra now set out for new musical horizons.
With compositions by Jörn Arnecke (DE), Pierluigi Billone (IT) & Georg Friedrich Haas (AT). With Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (AT), Conductor Cornelius Meister (DE). With Klangforum Wien (AT), Conductor Clement Power (GB)
The commissioned work by Georg Friedrich Haas is a cooperation of ORF musikprotokoll, steirischer herbst, Wiener Konzerthaus, ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna & WIEN MODERN.
10/10 & 11/10 Helmut-List-Halle
Mit Volkmar Klien (AT) & Schülerinnen und Schülern aus der Steiermark
Personal Soundscapes: Let‘s play Graz!
Last year, musikprotokoll presented its online art project “Personal Soundscapes” for the first time on an ORF art radio programme. The focus is on the fascination of everyday sounds as material for composition and features throughout this year’s instalment of the festival. Young people will be out and about in the city during this Friday evening, immersing themselves in life-worlds of sound, using their smartphones to transmit their acoustic objets trouvés straight into the foyer of the Helmut-List-Halle, where the composer and sound artist Volkmar Klien will create a real-time imaginary, urban architecture of sound from these clips – an acoustic snapshot of a young city.
With Volkmar Klien (AT) & students of the Ortweinschule, department of arts and design.
Personal Soundscapes: Let‘s play Steiermark!
...feeding the future. “Personal Soundscapes: Let’s play Steiermark!” was developed in cooperation with “konfrontationen”, a schools art project that has been under way in Styria for several years. In these confrontations, students join up with artists to develop new ideas, achieving short, but intense performances.
With students from Styria
Commissioned by musikprotokoll In cooperation with steirischer herbst, konfrontationen, Auphonic, mur.at, .siacus) & Landesschulrat für Steiermark.
Arditti Quartet: We’re 40!
Reinhard Fuchs (AT), Erin Gee (US), Boris Hauf (AT), Johannes Maria Staud (AT) & Arditti Quartet (GB)
The Arditti Quartet is celebrating a big-0 birthday this year. The composers featured this evening are also celebrating their fortieth: Erin Gee, Reinhard Fuchs, Johannes Maria Staud and Boris Hauf. The birthday concert given by this London quartet in Graz is thus a kind of family get-together to celebrate a shared passion for new music and a thirst for adventure that has persisted for decades. The Arditti Quartet performed its first concert at the Royal Academy of Music in London in March 1974. Irvine Arditti has continued unswervingly along the same path which he resolutely embarked upon with that concert. In the four decades since its foundation, the ensemble has given more than 2,000 concerts, playing more than 7,400 works, including more than 600 premieres. musikprotokoll’s gift to the Arditti Quartet consists of a number of premieres too: forty minutes of music by four forty-year-olds on this fortieth birthday. Happy Birthday!
With compositions by Reinhard Fuchs (AT), Erin Gee (US), Boris Hauf (AT) & Johannes Maria Staud (AT).
With Arditti Quartet (GB) (Irvine Arditti, Ralph Ehlers, Lucas Fels & Ashot Sarkissjan).
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Erin Gee’s composition is the “Emil Breisach musikprotokoll composition commission” awarded by musikprotokoll in collaboration with Ö1.
Masterly Carvers of Sound
Martin Brandlmayr (AT) & Andrey Kiritchenko (UA)
Masterly Carvers of Sound
They are both masters of carving out delicate sound structures. Following their first collaboration for Andrey Kiritchenko’s album Misterrious and an initial concert in France in the summer of 2012, the two musicians are now set to take to the stage together once again. The performance was preceded by several intense days of work in Martin Brandlmayr’s studio in Upper Austria that also laid the foundation for a joint release that had been in the planning for some time.
The duo concert at the musikprotokoll festival is our return invitation. In May 2013 Andrey Kiritchenko invited us to Kiev to hold the third ECAS Partner Meeting at the NextSound festival, which is organised by the avant label Nexsound. Founded by Kiritchenko 14 years ago, Nexsound has become the most important label for Ukrainian experimental electronic and related music. The success of the label is to be credited to its director Kiritchenko, who has not only an open but a finely tuned ear for new forms of avant music, whether they be from Ukraine, Russia, France or the USA.
With Martin Brandlmayr (AT) & Andrey Kiritchenko (UA)
Commissioned by musikprotokoll In the framework of ECAS – Networking Tomorrow’s Art For An Unknown Future.
molluscs and insects
Klaus Lang (AT) & Dafne Vicente-Sandoval (FR)
molluscs and insects
Internal movements suddenly begin to flicker in a “stable” sound – fast snails. A highly accelerated sequence of sounds appears motionless – inert dagger flies. If you want to feel apparent musical paradoxes, you need to listen. Klaus Lang and Dafne Vicente-Sandoval do just this, improvising with a harmonium and a bassoon.
Their sounds reveal unsuspected, clandestine double lives. The primary timbres of the instruments mingle to form sophisticated nuances. Musical structures create the illusion of complex shade effects. Fast becomes slow, motionless seems to be moving. With “molluscs and insects”, the duo perform spiritual exercises in the perception of time-sound: “Sound turns musical material into perceived time, the object of music is the auditory experience of time. Music is time made audible.”
With Klaus Lang (AT) & Dafne Vicente-Sandoval (FR)
1914/2014: Gebirgskriegsprojekt revisited
Jorge E. López (CU/US) & Klangforum Wien (AT)
Nature and the wilderness phenomenon have inspired the compositions of the Cuban-American-Austrian composer Jorge E. López for many years. The overwhelming dimension of nature and human driving forces clash recurrently in his works – in dream-like, sometimes nightmarish enactments.
His mountain warfare project premiered at musikprotokoll in 2003, a pre-recorded orchestra in eight-channel spatial movement, including a specially conceived video, which took us to a site of clashing too – the mountain warfare front of the First World War in and around the Dolomites. Environmental sounds and mountain images, orchestral sounds and historical film footage are the main components of the multimedia piece. In the anniversary year 2014, the new “back to the future - musikprotokoll revisited” series offers the opportunity to see and hear López’s opulent, impressive piece once more.
Composition Jorge E.López (AT/CU/US).
With Klangforum Wien (AT).
A co-production of ORF musikprotokoll and ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe with financial help of Ruhrtriennale. (Premiere, Graz 2003)
Radian & The Necks
Radian (Martin Brandlmayr (AT), John Norman (GB), Martin Siewert (AT)) & The Necks (Chris Abrahams (AU), Tony Buck (AU) & Lloyd Swanton (AU))
They finally come together!
On the one hand there’s Radian, a band with a classical rock trio line-up: electric guitar, bass and drums. On the other, The Necks, a formation with a classical jazz trio line-up: piano, bass and drums. What both groups have in common is that they are constantly expanding, evading and playing around their classical line-ups. It would have made sense for the trios to engage with each other in the past.
And indeed, the two trios, who have admired each other for some time, have always wanted to go on stage together. But geographical distance and constraints of time have never permitted this summit meeting up to now. The time has finally come at musikprotokoll: the Australian band The Necks and the Vienna-based formation Radian are now set to undertake their first joint performance. A far-sighted world premiere.
With Radian (Martin Brandlmayr (AT), John Norman (GB), Martin Siewert (AT) & Kassian Troyer (DE)) & The Necks (Chris Abrahams (AU), Tony Buck (AU) & Lloyd Swanton (AU)).
Commissioned by musikprotokoll.
Ein weststeirischer Wasserfall
11/10 & 12/10 Schlossplatz & Pfarrkirche Stainz
Georg Nussbaumer (AT)
Weird machines, videos and even live animals – the composer and installation artist Georg Nussbaumer spares no efforts to address all of our senses with his vibrant, space-embracing acoustic artworks. The Austrian composer has structured “Ein weststeirischer Wasserfall” as another complex work of sound and hearing that – linking tradition with the present – casts a glance into the future.
For the first part of the event, seven Styrian choirs join the audience to embark on a coach trip from their respective home towns to Stainz. During the various stops at places where water flows – at the village fountain, streams and ponds – the choirs perform Nussbaumer’s composition: a long sound floating through the afternoon, continuously changing, rising and falling, branching out – with echoes of traditional folk and choir song celebrating water, that precious common property. The singers are also equipped with water bottles that serve as instruments, tuned anew at each body of water.
In 2006, when his project “Gravitational field with air impressions” kicked off the steirischer herbst festival, countless objects rained down from the ceiling for this airy composition. For “Barkarola”, six grand pianos roamed around the Polish town of Łódź for six weeks, while “Invisible Siegfrieds Marching Sunset Boulevard” in Los Angeles turned into a four-day, thirty-two-kilometre–long opera passage. This time, a resounding and whistling “bottle organ” draws near, to be received by Vocalforum Graz at the end of the afternoon in Stainz’s parish church, later flooding the sacred building with a concerted wave of voices in the second part of the event.
Warm, rainproof clothing and good shoes are recommended. The performance on Sun 12/10, at 16.30, is included in the musikprotokoll festival pass. Please get your reserved-seat ticket at any of the information and ticket offices while supplies last.
Composition and direction Georg Nussbaumer. Musical direction Franz Herzog. With Chorgemeinschaft Stainz, Gesangverein Wettmannstätten, Singkreis Stainztal, Gesangverein Deutschlandsberg, Singkreis St.Stefan ob Stainz, MGV Bad Gams-Frauental & Vocalforum Graz. Commissioned by steirischer herbst.