Show 875: scant_intone_winter_volute by Constantine Katsiris (radioart106)

Since April 2020 I have been going through the archives, my back-up hard drives, and revisiting old projects. Since the world seemed to collectively hit pause, the pandemic provided an opportune moment to take stock of the past. Presented here are two early works, recorded while I was studying audio at college in Southern Ontario during 2001 and 2002. It was around this time that I had mostly thrown away my conventional methods of making music, the bulk of which up to that point was created on computers with module trackers and other shareware. I was a few years deep into both hardware synthesizers and field recording, and I was in search of new processes and techniques for working with sound without the rigidity of programming on a grid.

The programme for this half-hour broadcast consists of Winter [21m53s] and Volute [6m20s]. The first piece was recorded during a blizzard as I sat inside a warm recording studio in Stoney Creek. I watched the snow come down for hours through the big windows while I programmed the Nord Electro all day. The second piece is an electric meditation of resonating fields and buzzing wires that was recorded in my apartment at the Victory Building in Hamilton. It was among my first forays into recording static, magnetic noise, and other such sources as sound material. I hope that these pieces from 20 years ago provide a unique listening experience.

-CK, 21 December 2021

Constantine Katsiris has been a composer of experimental electronic music for nearly three decades. An avid phonographer, he has conducted field recording expeditions around the world from urban settings like Prague and Paris to more remote regions such as the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. His compositions have been broadcast to listeners around the world from Concertzender Nederland to MTV Brasil. Katsiris has brought his live performances, installations and fixed media works to many notable venues, such as La Société des Arts Technologiques [Montréal], Whitechapel Art Gallery [London], Brut Konzerthaus [Vienna], and SESI Art & Cultural Center [São Paulo]. He is also passionate about showcasing, broadcasting, and disseminating sound works as a curator of exhibitions and concerts for galleries and festivals, as a programmer on community radio, and as the director of the Panospria record label for sonic experimentation.

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