We are very happy to announce the release of Arturas BumÅ¡teinas’s latest edition in CrÃ³nica, â€œJakov & GwizdaÅ‚yâ€, now available in the Unlimited Release series.
â€œJakovâ€, premiered at the Jaunas Muzika festival in Vilnius, April of 2012, is composed from sounds sourced from an old soviet-Lithuanian era electric organ called â€œVentaâ€. The unplugged organ was used as a percussive and tactile sound object, being rubbed, scratched, hit, banged, dragged, hammered, patted, etc. All these concrete sounds were woven into the multi-layered structure of the piece with some of the sounds being digitally processed. â€œJakovâ€ is dedicated to the composerâ€™s father whom, in the 1970s and 1980s, worked in the Vilnius factory which produced electronic and radio equipment.
In eastern Poland there is a small village called â€œGwizdaÅ‚yâ€ which in Polish language means â€œwhistlesâ€. Its primary school is the home of a unique museum of whisles, which collection includes several thousands whistles of various shapes, origins, ages and of course, timbres. Some of these pieces were recorded in a discreet, clinical manner; later the collection of these sound recordings was used in two different parts of the â€œGwizdaÅ‚yâ€ project: a sound installation in the public space and an acousmatic concert in a concert venue. For the installation part the whistle sounds were assembled into a bird-song-like sequence with generous silences and were transmitted via a quadrophonic speaker system installed in Warsawâ€™s busiest spot, near the entrance to the Centrum metro station. The speakers were hidden from the eyes of passers-by, thus creating a ghostly experience. The second part of the project was realized in the darkened venue of Warsawâ€™s Ujazdowski Contemporary Art Center. In this concert the sounds were structured into more dynamic sequences and denser layers. The version now released is a mix of both installation and concert parts. The â€œGwizdaÅ‚yâ€ project was curated by Joanna Turek (Galeria A19 Marymont) and Andrzej ZaÅ‚Ä™ski (Sala Laboratorium / Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Arts), Warsaw, April of 2012.
You can download â€œJakov & GwizdaÅ‚yâ€ as AIFF or MP3 files directly from CrÃ³nica and free of charge. Donations are very welcome! :)
Also, don’t forget that until the end of December 2012, CrÃ³nica is offering a promotion for all direct sales from our website. Each order entitles you to a second release of the same price or lower. So it’s 2 for 1 in the entire available catalogue from CrÃ³nica.