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Gundega Graudiņa & Björn Jauss
27/01/2019 - 10/02/2019

Gundega Graudina and Björn Jauss first met at the Experimental Music Fair in Jette in 2015 where Björn Jauss was giving a lecture on using sounds to drive synths. Later on, they explored different string instrument and synth configurations until Modulute was formed – an electroacoustic duo which combines a Renaissance lute and a modular synth. Besides an unusual mixture of the historical and the modern, the instruments create a complex system where the possibilities of both are broadened. The lute is used not only as a sound source but also as a controller of the synth. Common and extended instrumental playing techniques are complemented by electronic processing and the sonic textures created in real-time blend with previously recorded samples of lute sounds. The performance integrates fixed compositional elements and improvisation. The duo draws influences from experimental music, Elektronische Musik and Musique Concrète, to name a few. Modulute has performed at the closing concert of Belgian Modular Festival at Beursschouwburg, Brussels in 2017.

The main motivation for their residency at Q-O2 is to further develop our project Modulute. They have worked on it for nearly two years, but performed only twice in spring 2017. The modular system used was not flexible enough to adapt as far to issues as feedback when performing on a PA at a concert venue. In addition, it was limited by the 8MB of sample memory and the sampler’s ergonomics. In the meantime, they have revised the system for easier playability and added more sample memory. Finding a way to cope with high sound levels is another issue they are searching to overcome. During the residency, they will spend a first week exploring more playing techniques and recording new sounds that would then be integrated into a performance during a second week. Culmination of the residency would be a concert to get feedback on the project.

Jonathan Frigeri 24/10/2018
Klaas Hübner Smog 24/10/2018
Alice Pamuk @MAAC 8/9/2018

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and Creative Europe
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