Murmansk Prospekt double record release in collaboration with Inversia Festival

Thursday 3 February 12:37

Sonic Acts and Inversia will release two records as part of Murmansk Prospekt, an ongoing artistic research project to reveal the hidden histories and lost identities of Murmansk: the largest city above the Arctic Circle. Transients I/O by Andreas Kühne and Settlers by Sergey Kostyrko both result from extensive research trips and field recordings in the region. Though each very different sonically and conceptually, together they present a vivid, complex portrait of a region in flux, and a city at the end of the earth. Settlers, by Sergey Kostyrko (RU) from nearby Nikel, presents two very different windows into the region. Sounds of Migration on Side B turns data flows into sound with an automated noise composition that viscerally expresses the region’s dramatic decline in population. Side A, Murmansk Soundscape, presents an uninterrupted field recording marked by the sounds of trains, ships, harbour cranes and howling wind: a soundscape capturing the beating infrastructural heart of a city still buzzing with insistent activity, even as it slowly drains away. For Transients I/O, Andreas Kühne (NL) recorded site-specific musical improvisations with objects that are visibly present in the city but not audible. A nuclear submarine, abandoned vehicles, decaying harbours, factories and bridges – all resonate and tell their own stories. And the multiformat release expresses these in two very different ways: rough-hewn, explosive textures on a four-track digital release, versus the yawning, slow billowing natural overtones of ‘Carrier’ Parts I and II on vinyl. Listened to in any order, this cycle takes unexpected turns, presenting listeners with a vivid tour through a dynamic, distant landscape. Transients I/O is released on 18 February → Pre-order now Settlers is released on 25 February → Pre-order now Press kits & preview available on request:

Both releases were developed as part of Murmansk Prospekt, and commissioned by Sonic Acts (NL) and Fridaymilk (RU) Murmansk Prospekt is a collaboration between Sonic Acts and Fridaymilk, exploring the ways that artistic and speculative research can reveal the hidden histories and lost identities of the city of Murmansk. The project aims to enable current and future generations of citizens to re-imagine and redefine the city and articulate their personal identity through digital arts. Murmansk Prospekt unfolds through three research labs stimulating knowledge exchange between emerging Dutch and Russian artists and thinkers, and results in commissioned collaborative works, public presentations in Murmansk (Inversia Festival) and Amsterdam (Sonic Acts), and an online platform. Andreas Kühne (NL) is an Amsterdam-based composer, sound artist, and drummer. He creates electroacoustic music, collaborative audio-visual performances, and interactive installations – often using field recordings. This allows him to explore the sonic qualities of inert objects through site-specific musical improvisation. His work has been presented at Inversia Festival, Sonic Acts Festival, and in Norway, Slovakia, Belgium and Brighton, UK. His many projects and collaborations include playing with Lisa and the F.I.X., Anne la Berge, Wilbert de Joode, Raphael Vanoli, Oene van Geel, Jasper Stadhouders, Bram Stadhouders, Ellen ten Damme and many others. Bandcamp Sergey Kostyrko (RU) is a sound artist with a focus on science and bio art projects, as well as a musician working in the field of improvisational and noise music. Besides this, he is an associate professor at St. Petersburg State University. He has a background in the development of analytical and computational methods for solving boundary value problems in elasticity theory. His research area covers the different aspects of mechanics and thermodynamics of thin film materials. Bandcamp

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