Unbearable Darkness is a paranormal dance piece by Choy Ka Fai. The piece revolves about the “ankoku butō” the dance of darkness and one of it’s first practitioners “Tatsumi Hijikata”. The performance features a dancer performing with a digital avatar who is “possesed” by Hijikata.
The piece investigates the legacy of Butoh, inquiring on its relevance and potentiality today. Since the spread of Butoh to Europe in the 1970s, it has expanded into various form of cultural assimilations, spiritual cultivation and performative exorcism. The research traces the possible afterlives of its founder - Tatsumi Hijikata, interviewing and inviting his spirit to collaborate in the making of a new dance creation.
How does a ghost choreograph? What are the technological possibilities of collaborating with Hijikata again? The artistic proposition is explored through choreographic and musical expressions, which are performed together in a live performance on stage.
In the musical score I tried to emphasize the emotional states in the piece. The searching and driven as well as the surreal aspects of the choreography I found in Ka Fais work. Similar to the interaction between the avatar and dancer used by Ka Fai in the choreography a lot of the acoustic material is generated in processes in which complex behavior emerges through the interaction of internal and external influences. This chaotic quasi repeating behavior alludes to a trance like religious atmosphere. The aim of the music is to transform the dance into ritual. I used a lot of acoustic and electronic feedback for the score, together with heavily altered field recordings and found footage from Ka Fais research.
Before touring the piece through asia I decided to release the score as a soundtrack album. You can get it here digitally:
"Marslandung in Rio Tinto" is a Live feature performance from the chamber music hall in Deutschlandfunk by Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez, music by Raffael Seyfried.
With: Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez , Claudia Mischte, Kerstin Fischer, Daniel Berger, Jean-Paul Back, Ilse Strambowski, Susanne Flur, Volker Niederfahrenhorst, Carlos Lobo & Robert Dölle
Sound technicians: Christoph Rieseberg, Daniel Dietmann
Director: Anna Panknin and Hanna Steger
A village transformed by mining in the midst of a hostile landscape: using virtual reality and sound, Nieves de la Fuente plays with the image of a place in between sci-fi and the documentary, industrialization and nature or auto-induced alien-ess.
The Andalusian village of Minas de Riotinto differs from all the other villages in the area, as mining has been practiced here for almost 5,000 years. The village was already completely demolished once and moved to another location, due to the importance of the extracted metals. Today, almost all the old mines have closed, but in 2016, one of them was put back into operation because of the commodity prices' rising.
The ongoing exploitation of the soil has created an empty, barren, red-colored landscape around Minas de Riotinto. "Mars landing in Riotinto" traces this development on a "red river" (Riotinto) - with the help of the people who live there and have participated in it. On the other hand, the artists show us in this feature that nature does not give up her territory without a fight...
The soundtrack was created in several improvisational sessions where we took various sampled and synthesized sound and through several analog and digital signal chains created lush textured ambient soundscapes.
"Warten auf Dulcinea" is a short film by german director Hannah Dörr. The music for the film was composed by Johannes von Barsewisch and me. The score is a mix of weird western folklore and krautrock (think Frumpy meets The Doors meets Morricone).
It was great fun writting and producing the score with Johannes. Particularly seeing the music coming to life in during the recording session was a wonderful experience. Many thanks also to the musicians who helped us record this score!
"Honest Intentional Noises" is the second EP by sine sleeper and the first EP of ours released on the cologne label "Traum Schallplatten". For the EP we commisioned some of our friends to produce music videos for the tracks. Cover and logo were designed by Leonie Vogel.