FOLK ART I

Year composed

Duration

1975

30 minutes

Scored for

Availability

Tape

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Tape-music for contemporary dance, elements realized in the Electronic Studio RAI in Milan in 1976.

Commission and premiere by Zagrebački plesni ansambl, coreography: Lela Gluhak Buneta, FEB 7 1978. Kuljeric cooperated with the choreograher on several other projects (Fly, Circulations...)

Tape work in cooperation with the head of RAI studio, Marino Zuccheri. Authentic sound recordings were taken from the International Folklore Festival, Zagreb, and subjected to electroacoustic transformation (analysis, selection, superposition, editing, mixing, modulation). 

Lately, the tape has been given a fresh remake in live percussion performance with the use of voice and percussion effects and spatialization. First performed in this version on DEC 20 2014 by INK Experiment duo at l'ateliers Festival in Mégapobec, Evreux, France

Folk Art I w perc live in concert
00:00 / 06:42

Program notes

NOTES ON TAPE WORK

Folk Art I is open to possibilities, this is just one of the possible choices of material, it is not intended for concert listening ... it is the eternal return of the same ... It is / are circulating / on the vertical.

FOLK-ART as a musical composition closes the whole circle of composer's interest in the possibilities of the electro-acoustic music medium. But that is not all!

FOLK-ART is also a critical attitude towards a part of one's own musical heritage: starting from the notion that folk music is an authentic musical idiom, it is necessary to answer the question over and over again: what does it really mean to compose "in the spirit" of folklore ...? Only a step further led to a new question about the relationship between continuity and alternative!

Therefore, just a few basic remarks about the work itself:

By selecting extensive phono-material, documented at the Folklore Festival in Zagreb in the early 1970s, I selected a few basic ones, in terms of musical syntax of different archetypal patterns of a certain geographical area that stretches in the hinterland of the Adriatic coast, for example:

- Dance from the island of Krk

- Singing of women of the Dalmatian hinterland

- Instrumental sequences of stringed instruments of Bosnia (šargija ..)

- Vrličko kolo

Electronics made it possible - almost like a microscope - to detect the inner being of selected samples of recorded folk music, to grasp its hidden sub-structures. Along with the various methods of this primary processing and detailed analysis, the process of reshaping the material by various electroacoustic manipulations took place, while taking care to stick to the given material, without any "foreign" sound!..more...

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