CTM 2014 / Dis Continuity

Sound Exchange II

Ensemble Mi-65, én aka Pal Toth, Bogusław Schaeffer, Łukasz Szałankiewicz


ca. 210 min with intervals

Curated by Carsten Seiffarth and Carsten Stabenow of Dock e.V., Sound Exchange began its search for the roots and current state of experimental music culture in Central and Eastern Europe in 2011. The region has a lively, international network of musicians, cultures and festivals. Since the period of transition started in 1981, however, local traditions and their protagonists – especially the underground movements – have partially been forgotten or escaped wider notice as they reinvented themselves.

In a special two-day programme, several Sound Exchange projects pay homage to a series of Eastern European pioneers via performances by younger-generation artists. The second Sound Exchange performance evening opens with Ensemble Mi-65, a 5-member group of composers, sound artists, and instrumentalists that will perform graphic and verbal scores by Milan Adamčiak, an influential Fluxus artist and composer from Slovakia, who will be present during the evening.

Hungarian Pal Tóth appears under his én moniker to perform an homage to Ernö Király (1919-2007), a composer of chamber music, symphonies, and electronic music, and also an improviser, instrument builder and ethnomusicologist active in the former Yugoslavia. The polyvalent Király sought to expand musical boundaries through his many compositions and self-built instruments such as his quarter tone instrument, the “Zitherphone”.

The continuity between works from pioneering and rising-generation artists in Poland is explored by a sound diffusion of “Synthistory” (1973) by Bogusław Schaeffer, whose experimental approach to both music composition and notation led him to become one of the first Polish composers to take up electronic music. Schaeffer’s piece will be diffused by Łukasz Szałankiewicz, himself an uncompromising experimenter committed to promoting Polish artists both past and present abroad. Szałankiewicz closes the evening with his own live performance, as a response Schaeffer’s legacy.

CTM’s focus on Central and Eastern Europe includes a series of panels and film screenings within the festival’s daytime Discourse programme, as well as a variety of talks and film screenings surrounding the Generation Z : ReNoise exhibition on music and technology pioneers in post-Revolution Russia.

The exhibition Experimental Music in Central and Eastern Europe is also on view in the HAU2 throughout the festival.


Sound Exchange II is presented with the kind support of the Polish Cultural Institute Berlin. The entire Sound Exchange programme at CTM 2014 is presented in collaboration with DOCK e.V.


Gefördert aus Mitteln des Hauptstadtkulturfonds, der Initiative Musik, des Beauftragten des Bundes für Kultur und Medien, des Deutschen Musikrates und des Kulturprogramms der Europäischen Union. In Zusammenarbeit mit HAU Hebbel am Ufer, transmediale, Kulturprojekte Berlin, ECAS – European Cities of Advanced Sound, KIASMA – Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst in Helsinki, INA – GRM, EMS Stockholm, Institut für Sonologie am königlichen Konservatorium Den Haag und Dock Berlin.


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    Sun 26.1.2014, 21:00 / HAU2


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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