Poland has more than 2000 sites on the national industrial heritage list and is a place where industrial activity has helped shaped today’s tourism landscape. Wroclaw, in the heart of Lower Silesia, is a city at the crossroads of tradition and creative modernity. It concentrates both the legacy of an industrial past, the presence of a strong industrial pole (Wroclaw Industrial Park), and the modernity of creation with the MEN FESTIVAL Wroclaw, a festival of electronic music and contemporary creation.
Learning about the history and context of the place, I feel it is ideal to realize a project that takes its industrial heritage into account. I have also for a long time been fascinated by the industrial world and have already worked on 2 compositions inspired by this world.
This project will also entail a residency in Poland where I will have the opportunity to gather the necessary sounds and images for the project and make direct contact with the local community, speaking about his work and providing the factory staff an opportunity to share their feedback on this unique artistic and social initiative. And through this direct interaction, I hope to forge a stronger cohesion between the artistic community and the industrial sector.
About the piece
This new work is 30 minutes composition for 11 amplified instruments, concrete factory sounds, electronics, and video which will be performed by Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej, a Polish contemporary music ensemble based in Poland.
This project will be an immersive listening experience created by mixing industrial sounds recorded in Silesian factories (notably those from the Wroclaw Industrial Park site) with electronic sounds and by associating them with the pulsation and the vitality of instrumental music.
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, he envisages this musical creation as a lever for the valorisation of Polish industrial heritage, which has a characteristic sound signature unique to this industrial environment.