Chairs Speakers sparse Light

Lawrence English
(AU)
The Bells that Spoke

This piece is one focused on the notion of ‘peculiar familiarity.’ The work was recorded in a section of forest not more than 25 minutes from where I live. It is a wonderful reminder of the radical differences that exist at the fringes of our urban spaces. The sense of control, the planned living experience begins to blur and morph along these edges. It’s here that complex acoustic interactions occur, sounds from one zone reach out to the other creating a curious interplay of the living and the lived in. A reminder of the temporal nature of settlement and the eventual promise of natural reclamation in time.

Nika Son
(DE)
A-Mop Sparrow

Of froth that shifts. Slow rotor. Of drops that drip from the mop, before it dives into the water bucket. Of rustling heating tubes. In periodical intervals gargling. Of Finnish waves in Slavonic sounds. Dipped in acid. Of the hunt for drum beats. Night. The sparrow arrived in the very end.

Franziska Lingg
(CH)
Momentum_2

This compositional piece of work understands momentum as a force to move oneself or others. The moment or impulse is seen as a level that can either shift to the past or the future. The continuum doesn’t have to be continued—or, as Stockhausen said when he defined the compositional strategy of the moment form: ‘… a moment is an autonomous and independent period, that is divided from other periods with fractures.’ Thus, the composition at hand as a whole consciously avoids a release. Rather, it is coined by a variability up to the phase of stagnation. The piece is based on an untuned harp, providing the impulse for certain sounds. Those sounds define the inner logic of ‘Momentum _2.

Koen Holtkamp
(NL/US)
Flint (for Flynt)

Ahead of the spark. A soft collision of drift and pulse which envelopes the listener in spatial harmonics.

Hagar Masoud
(EG)
Cell 115

I am interested in composing virtual environments, stories of daily life, and social life, through sounds. ‘Cell 115’ is an experimental soundtrack, part of a sound project based on ambient recordings from many cities—Cairo, Paris, Florence, Bonn, and Casablanca—between 2010 and 2018, next to piano, and handcrafted instruments.

Shayu + Sfairiko
(CH)
Pontia Helice

The composition came to existence by layering and compiling extracts from different recording sessions with a small Eurorack modular system. The single modules are responsible for the melodies and the timbre, the rhythmical pulses or the basslines got controlled one after another. Due to the fact that the recordings are not strictly synched, shifts in rhythms were forced while layering the material. Thus, the piece doesn’t follow a strict order, but rather a notion of improvisation.

Chairs Speakers sparse Light

is based on the idea that sound can be an artistic material. In the context of exhibition spaces, sound thus should not be downgraded as a byproduct of an installation or be pushed into fringe events such as concerts. Therefore, the question at hand is not if, but rather how sound can be presented in an exhibition space.

To examine this question seven international artists have been commissioned to compose a sound piece. Those pieces then were presented during an evening at Lucerne’s sic! Raum für Kunst in May 2018, where the setting in the space was reduced to the max—to chairs, speakers, sparse light.

The seven artists involved were Lawrence English, Nika Son, Franziska Lingg, Koen Holtkamp, Hagar Masoud, Shayu + Sfairiko, and Félicia Atkinson.

Lawrence English

Lawrence English is a composer, media artist, and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception, and memory. Active as a solo artist for more than 15 years, his work has been published on labels such Dias, Touch, Presto!?, Important Records, and on his own imprint, Room40. http://www.lawrenceenglish.com/ http://room40.org/

Nika Son

Nika Breithaupt is a German musician, artist, and sound designer for film. Under the moniker Nika Son she releases music as a solo artist, while C is a collaborative project with DJ and producer f#x. Next to her practice as a (sound) artist, Breithaupt puts on events at Hamburg’s iconic club Golden Pudel and beyond. http://www.nikason.de/ https://soundcloud.com/nikacis

Franziska Lingg

Franziska Lingg is a sound artist and former professor at Lucerne’s School of Art and Design. While originally working with sculptures, Lingg integrated sound installations, compositions, and concerts in her practice over the course of time. Furthermore, as a professor she encouraged her students to understand sound as an artistic material. Based on the ideas related to noise music, Lingg suggests that everything can be sound and deserves attention.

Koen Holtkamp

New York-based artist and musician Koen Holtkamp creates overwhelming results with minimal interventions—be it as a part of the band Mountains, as a solo musician, or as a visual artist. His music has been published on esteemed labels such as Type, Thrill Jockey, and Umor Rex, while his work has been presented at venues such as Cafe Oto in London or MoMA PS1 in New York and at festivals like Mutek in Mexico City. http://www.koenholtkamp.com/

Hagar Masoud

Hagar Masoud is an artist based in Cairo. Relying on field recordings and different compositional techniques alike, she creates silent pieces out of her noisy hometown. Masoud was part of the internationally renowned collective Egyptian Female Experimental Music Session, and has been invited for residency programs across Europe. https://soundcloud.com/hagar-masoud 

Shayu + Sfairiko

Shayu + Sfairiko are Zurich-based artist Lea Meier and graphic designer and musician Jahn Koutrios. Meier and Koutrios, who both were educated in Lucerne, are at the beginning of their careers. However, the quality of their weightless compositions live already up to international standards. https://soundcloud.com/1shayu

Chairs, Speakers, sparse Light was initiated by Martina Lussi and Remo Bitzi. The project was supported by FUKA-Fonds, Regionalkonferenz Kultur RKK, and Migros-Kulturprozent. Now, Präsens Editionen publishes six of the seven original pieces on this website designed by Luca Napoli. The files will be available for download onBandcamp soon.