Do, 30/01/2020, 19:30 Uhr
Elektronische Musik / Komponierte Musik / Konzert

reConvert perform Amoeba

reConvert performs Fernando Manassero's Amoeba and Contemplation and presents Mads Emil Dreyer's Bolger.

Doors at 19:30. Concert starts at 20:30.


Mads Emil Dreyer, Bølger (2014), video/sound art piece (10')

Fernando Manassero, Amoeba (2018-20), site-specific audiovisual piece (30'), performed by reConvert with video by Ramiro Iturrioz

Fernando Manassero, Number 4: Contemplation (excerpt from BOT for voices, contrabass flutes, electronics and video) (2019) (5'), video by Ramiro Iturrioz

Amoeba is a site-specific piece for two percussionists, amplified objects, electronics and video that was commissioned by reConvert and premiered at KlangBasel 2018. Amoeba presents itself as a throbbing texture, densely populated by communities of audiovisual microorganisms, that spread through the space of the venue. By walking through this structure the audience submerges in the “micro-dramaturgie” of ephemeral gestures that overlap, leak, repel, or merge into each other, together forming a thick, complex polyphony ever-changing in the smallest details. The audience members, for their part, become “dynamic receptors”, who modulate their individual experiences by collecting details of the given totality. The piece is a multimodal environment in which the audience, the space, images, electronic sounds, and concrete materials are merged into a single unity. It is about the meticulous observation of simple movements, zooming into the complexities of a living organism.

Most early films were recorded using one camera. A lot of these films consist of just one single frame and one motif. What we see is often not a clear narrative, but instead the inner, quiet poetry of one isolated object. In my piece Bølger (in English Waves) I sample the movie "Rough Sea at Dover" from 1895 made by the British cinema pioneers R.W. Paul and Birt Acres. I’ve altered it quite a bit by playing around with double exposure effects, varying playback speeds, and applying different filters. The sound comes from a set of simple sine wave synthesizers playing an upward-moving scale at a very slow speed. The movement in the frequency register mirrors the increasing saturation of the image. The result is a blurred audiovisual movement going from dark to light. Staying true to the aesthetics of these early films, the piece has no intricate dramaturgy. It relies instead on the power of that which never fully reveals itself. Something almost materializes, but only to disappear again. The movement that makes the image come to life is at the same time the movement that makes it evaporate.

reConvert is the percussion duo of Lorenzo Colombo and Roberto Maqueda. Halfway between percussion and electronics, the new projects that reConvert faces could well be named with different adjectives, without any of them being able to define them completely and fully. For this, reConvert bases its bet on continuous and deep work with diverse creators such as Kaj Duncan David, Alexander Schubert, Simon Steen-Andersen, Michael Maierhof, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Fernando Manassero, and Luciano Azzigotti.

Fernando Manassero composes music for prepared instruments, amplified sound objects, and synthesizers. His work is characterized by its iridescent textures, densely populated by communities of small sound organisms. In this music, the listener dives into a dramaturgy of ephemeral gestures of great vitality, organized in translucid layers. He studied composition with Chaya Czernowin and Steven Takasugi through a Fulbright FNA grant. Further studies in composition with Juan Carlos Tolosa and Gerardo Gandini. He has a degree in music composition from National University of Córdoba.

  • Bemerkungen zum Datum und Uhrzeit: Doors at 19:30. Concert starts at 20:30.