Rituals - Men & Machines
About the piece
This new work is 30 minutes composition for 11 amplified instruments, concrete factory sounds recorded in Silesian factories, electronics, and video.
It will be performed by Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej, a Polish contemporary music ensemble based in Poland.
It is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the program “Compositorial Commissions”, run by the Institute of Music and Dance.
The video creation for this project will be made by Marek Stańczyk, photographer and videographer from Silesia, whose work is based on documenting the architecture of industrial facilities and landscapes.
Marek Stańczyk is accompanied by Michał Tatarek for the realization of interviews of workers and staff working in these factories.
The sound environment and the instrumental composition will be a mix of musical styles influenced by jazz-rock, funk grooves, and sampling techniques. The industrial sounds will come from various sample sources of actual machines, including but not limited to:
- pneumatic equipment: compressed air exhaust valves and air compressors
- mechanical energy conversion equipment: various gears, driveshafts, and rotating systems
- from impacts and shocks: mechanical presses and stamping of metal sheets
- engine noises
Using the concrete sounds recorded directly at the heart of the industrial sites of Silesia, I envisage this artistic project as a lever for the valorization of Polish industrial heritage, which has a characteristic sound signature unique to this industrial environment.