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Decomposition I-III


'Decomposition – I – III' is a double LP that represents a compositional cycle. This collaboration of Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger and Christina Kubisch (in partIII) has brought forth a conceptual piece using microphones (recording devices) as versatile instruments.
The Trilogy leads through the themes 'Absence', 'Introspection' and 'Illusion' and follows a clear dramaturgical path.
A live implementation of light, sound and film has been developed around the aural layer to create a unique and flexible form of presentation, which had it's premiere at the Donaufestival 2015 in Krems. Part III has been re-arranged and was released as a radiophonic version (entitled desert bloom) which received the prestigious Karl-Sczuka-Award at Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2016.

As a record this trilogy contains acoustic parables, starting with recordings from the Atacama, the driest desert on earth. 'Absence' (part I) presents a piece of abstract, desolate music that hauntingly extends dark and bizarre over two sides of the LP. A brute inferno of noise, recorded inside a Very Large Telescope (VLT) during its calibration, eventually dissolves into the surge of the Pacific Ocean. In between, salt-crystals crack through the sunset, erosion gnaws at empty mining villages, nature plays with leftovers of civilisation and the wind blows through neglected cemeteries and copper mines. In this overture, Kutin and Kindlinger emphasise a strict documentary approach: the individual recordings are unaltered and raw.

The second part – 'Introspection' was realised directly inside a glacial crevasse on 3200 meter height in Austria. It starts with a harsh walk over a snowy field, suddenly collapsing into silence. One is thrown into the deep seclusion of a glacial crevasse whose inherent resonances slowly build up – following the concept of Alvin Luciers 'I am sitting in a room'. Feeding a loudspeaker with the re-recordings back several times, the crevasse becomes a resonator, a drone generator that amplifies it's own wavelengths. This is successively getting more and more intense with every re-recording that gets played back through the speaker. The piece documents this process of transferring the clear 'room-tone' into a resonating echo-chamber. An acoustic freeze happens and was entirely recorded inside this cold and dark crevasse.

'Illusion', the final part, is about artificial light and was realised in Las Vegas in cooperation with German sound artist Christina Kubisch. Kubisch recorded electromagnetic signals of various light sources all over the city, creating an archive of various electromagnetic-sounds that normally remain undetected by our auditive perception. Usually we only see light and don't think about it's sound. Kubisch uses extensions for her ears, specially developed headphones that translate electro-smog directly into audible signals. Later on Kutin arranged the piece in his studio in an orchestral manner. The city has been used as a big modluar-synthesizer, whose sounds are the foundation of this opulent work. Still the piece follows the trilogy's inherent documentary path, by again detecting a (hidden) layer of our reality and using it as material.

Diecopmosition I-III or single pieces of it have been presented at various music-, filmfestivals and symposia for contemporary music :

- FilmFestival ferrand Cermant / 2017 / France
- Festival du nouveau cinema 2016 / Montreal / Canada
- Donaueschinger Musiktage , SWR / 2016 / Germany
- Tsonami Arte Sonora Festival 2015 / Valparaiso / Chile
- Studio Acoustic Art / WDR3
- Edinburgh Film Festival 2015 / Edinburgh
- VideoEx FilmFestival 2015 /Zürich
- Donaufestival / Krems / Austria
- Arts radio / Ö1
- 25fps Filmfestival 2014 / Zagreb
- Diagonale Filmfestival 2015 / Graz
- Schwindel der Wirklichkeit, Akademie der Künste 2014 / Berlin
- PIAS Awards 2013 / Honorary Mention
- Ausland 2014 / Berlin
- NK 2014 / Berlin
and many more

The LP production was supported by the SKE Fonds, whilst the other Projects received grants from BKA, SKE, MA7 Vienna and the cultural Support of Styria and Salzburg

2 x 12" LP (140g)

vinyl & digital

limited special edition

June 1st 2015

Artwork by Silvia Druml
Photography by UMZ
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