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sound and light design
twelve dead birds
margraf rudiger piano
here, where we are no more
positive feedback of an acoustic signal
sounds in disappearance
from agora to syntagma
ready made diary
LIVE SETShb session
circleing for flute and other stuff
concert for an empty bed
moire: pattern 01
moire: pattern 02
6666 weeks later
azot after cage
azot after bogdanović
azot after wain
VIDEOS / MOVIESdivision topographies
PERFORMANCESopen department 3c
how to explain fat to dead beuys?
encyclopedia of the dead
sunday on the country
BOOKSmaybe this is my city
LECTURES / PRESENTATIONSlectures/presentations
EARLY WORKSneue urform, kokowa, clair obscure, novinska rotacija
Azot After Wain
P R E F A C E : I V A N B U J G E R
Louis Wain (1860 - 1939) was a successful British painter of the first half of the 20th century who got famous with his drawings and paintings of his family cat, Peter. He made the paintings for his wife Emily who suffered from breast cancer, so as to alleviate her suffering during her final years.
After her death and after the World War I, Wain suffered from schizophrenia, but continued painting cats. Those paint- ings done during the time he was affected by shizophrenia have strange forms, colours and antropomorphic structures through which we can trace the development of disease.
Azot After is a series of works by Zagreb based authors, Ivan Bujger, Ivo Korečić, Ronald Panza and Bojan Gagić, which explores recontextualisation of artistic practices and ideas through a contemporary multimedia expression (Azot After Cage, Azot After Bogdanović, Azot After Richter, Azot After Azot...).
The resulting video serves as a score for developing a musical composition, where the tonal values and way of performing depend on changes in the video material that occur in the moment, according to pre-defined settings (blur in the image = reverb in sound, colours = pitch, etc.).
Public performance includes a video score that is shown on the projection screen and audio material which is created live, in a form of electroacoustic concert.
video interview: Karolina Rugle for Izlog suvremenog zvuka
Azot is an electro-acoustic drone quartet from Zagreb, Croatia. Active from 2005, the quartet started out of a wish for free musical improvising. Initially influenced by so-called onkyo style of electro-acoustic improvisation (Otomo Yoshihide, Toshimaru Nakamura, Keith Rowe, etc) which was developed from the fusion of Japanese gagaku music and western experimental tradition. These artists treat sound in a painterly manner, placing a great deal of attention to silence. This particular style of music set out to minimise the time spent between the music production and presentation. It renders the musican almost invisible, allowing one to achieve a higher level of concentration for listening and playing alike. Artistic impulses modulated by these principles manage to create temporary 'audible thoughts' unrepeatable by nature.
The quartet, through regular meetings, has further developed these basic principles by addition of a continuous and concentrated 'empty' sound - the drone, which in its minimal shifts provides the clearest background for the ongoing actions in the soundspace. The drone somewhat resembles continuous forms of French composer Eliane Radigue but also gives a nod to white noise symbolism as well as doom metal aesthetics...
Azot has given a great number of concerts around Croatia, both solo as well as supporting various other artists, including Tetsuo Furudate, No Necks Blues Band, jgrzinich, etc. The band was also heavily involved in organising the only festival of drone, minimal and electronic music in Zagreb called SineLinea (2009-2021)
audio video live set
Izlog suvremenog zvuka
Kultura promjene SCa
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