6th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with sound artist Robert Piotrowicz.
Date: 21st October, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30pm
Venue : M6094 Future Cinema Studio (6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre)
Why instrument is everything?
A primary focus of the lecture will be the role of electronic instrument in
live performance alongside its application in composition. Since the birth
of first electronic instruments, we continue to witness their ongoing
development and definition. Key to this process has been the personal
engagement of a musician, who through mastering one’s own techniques and
intimate knowledge of the instrument shapes his individual voice and
achieves a skillset required both in studio composition and live
While in the context of electronic music such instrumentalism may strike as
traditional, if not old-fashioned, it becomes arguably far more crucial to
the global development of the genre than in the case of traditional music,
which had a possibility to flourish and ripen through generations.
From the perspective of instrumentalism, Robert Piotrowicz will address some
aspects related to his live performance and composing practice, explaining
why instrument, in this case analogue modular synthesizer, is everything.
Robert Piotrowicz: sound artist, composer, improviser.
He has authored radio dramas, sound installations, and music for theatre productions, and collaborates regularly with other artists on audio-visual performances. As an instrumentalist, Piotrowicz works mainly with his own live performance setup, developed around the electric guitar and analogue modular synthesiser. His music has as much in common with contemporary electro-acoustic compositions as it does with sound art. His concerts feature saturated, detailed musical forms created with analogue synthesizers and computers. He has developed his trademark sound of intense dynamics seized in dramatic and balanced structures.
PIotrowicz has released several solo albums as well as collaborations with artists such as Burkhard Stangl, Anna Zaradny, Jérôme Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh and Kevin Drumm. Other collaborators in recent years included Valerio Tricoli, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Klapper, Zbigniew Karkowski, Łukasz Szałankiewicz, Lasse Marhaug, John Hegre, Kasper Toepltz, Xavier Charles,Tony Buck and others.
Co-founder of the Musica Genera Festival and the Musica Genera label.
Piotrowicz has given live performances throughout Europe, North & Central America, South Asia, Japan and Australia.