Boriana Pandova
Sa, 19/01/2019, 19:00 Uhr
Konzert / Echtzeitmusik / Improvisation

Blurred Music Quartet

Blur is a form of inexactness, indeterminacy, uncertainty in the depiction or reproduction of an object or state of affairs; it need not constitute an error, rather it can be desired or perhaps impossible to avoid.
Blur is the immortality a scientist achieves through quantum suicide, or a living and dead cat in the state of superposition, as in Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Blur creates blanks that serve as stimuli for supplementation by subjective concretizations that stretch far beyond what the object actually presents. Blur is the enormous room between seeing distinctly and not seeing at all when we’re reading a page — distinctly seen is always just a word or syllable, while the remainder stays blurred. All theory is blurred.
The duo’s new program works with the theme of blur in the field of music, on the level of formal composition as well as in the details of the musical material.
The music’s structure creates a blur; improvised parts alternate with fields of pre-structured material in which tape-recordings of the duo are duplicated by live performance. Identical material thus sounds in live performance at the same time it sounds from playback, unavoidably giving rise to blur in the temporal dimension, in the rhythmic, timbral, and motivic variations, in the microtonal interpretation of individual pitches. The live portion of the duplicated material is still improvised, but in a framework restricted by the pre-recorded material being played back.
On the formal level, the transitions between composition and improvisation grow vague, they lose their sharp edges. To perception, what is being composed in real time blurs into what has been structured in advance; the difference can be registered only after an interval, if at all. On the level of musical detail, the blur derives from the duplication of the material, which is organised so as to sound at approximately the same time, but never identically.
“Is it even always an advantage to replace a picture that is not sharp by one that is? Isn’t one that isn’t sharp often just what we need?” (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

Kindly supported by the Musikfonds

  • Echtzeit Ensemble Komposition: »Blurred Music Quartet« (2018, UA)


Biliana Voutchkova - Geige, Michael Thieke - Klarinette, Miako Klein - Blockflöten, Andrew Lafkas - Kontrabass

BLURRED MUSIC Translating the visual concept of blurriness into sonic forms and strategies.

  • Einführung: In 2016 the duo started developing their concept Blurred Music, that is dedicated to the translation of the visual concept of blurriness into sonic forms and strategies. This is the first presentation of the concept in a larger quartet group setting.
  • Bemerkungen zum Ort: Nemtsov & Nemtsov - Raum für Kunst und Diskurs, Witzlebenstraße 38, 14057 Berlin
  • Barrierefreiheit: Sehbehinderung und Blindheit / motorische Einschränkungen / Hörbehinderung / kognitive Einschränkungen