May 25, 10:30 am and 12, 4:30, and 6 pm: Christina Kubisch, Electrical Walks in and around Romantso (each walk is limited to nine people; reservations can be made)
May 25, 9:30 pm: Keith Fullerton Whitman, concert with live electronics
The “Generators” (2010-) are a loose framework of related topologies created to yield a flowing tapestry of minimalism-inspired music, realized on and with a hybrid digital-analogue modular synthesizer. Largely removing the humanistic, iterative aspects of individual note-choice and musical inflection from the compositional structure in favor of a real-time shaping of tonality, rhythm, and form, the “Generators” are ‘conducted’ moreso than ‘performed’. The extended set of “Romantso Generators” will involve the four-channel spatialization of a eight-voice canon, with also the overall formal arcs ‘programmed’ into the fabric of the patch. The audience should feel free to fully interact with the piece as if it were a physical, sculptural entity, and within the space around it; fixed positioning is less than ideal.
Listening Space is a program of events that attempts to explore and understand sound outside established hierarchies of music production and performance. In the project’s diverse concerts, lectures, and performances, forms of sonic expression take cues from architectural modifications, visual barriers, speaker configurations, natural-sound environments, listening instructions, and spatial choreographies. In this way, the program seeks sonic conditions that go beyond sound’s aural signification, instead illuminating how its physical, social, and political dimensions can be performed and heard. Listening Space is curated by Paolo Thorsen-Nagel, documenta 14’s Sound and Music Advisor. The Athens club and studio complex Romantso serves as the program’s home base, with the project extending to other locations including Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, the Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), and the Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris. All Listening Space events are free of charge.