28 Oct 2022

Sound Postcards from the Centre of the Periphery


Manja Ristić & Mark Vernon

Sound Postcards from the Centre of the Periphery

This album unites two specific sensibilities that for many years have been embedded in the domain of sound and radio arts. Although they arose from very different environments, their work explores similar issues around preserving personal sonic histories. By stirring up nostalgia and collective memory, both artists often refer to the importance of individual experiences in the poetic "body" of micro-communities.

The artistic practice of both creators has been deeply immersed in the sonic strata of space and the imaginary narratives that emerge from it. A dedication to the culture of memory, the sounding of lost voices and an unorthodox approach to re-composing the soundscape, conveniently unites these two experimenters in a collaboration that arises from research into one particularly inspiring locality – the island of Korčula.

In addition to their own field recordings, the artists were given access to the audio archives of the local radio station, including sounds of local folk customs, traditional songs, festivities and music. The strong anthropological emphasis in this collection of works is intended to encourage a deeper consideration of the coexistence of people and the environment in a historically dense climate. The appropriation of the hidden narratives of a small town on the fringes of the European Union opens up new fields of reflection on identity that looks back at the "center of the periphery", pointing to the importance of "small" spaces in the creation of European heritage.

‘Sound postcards from the center of the periphery’ will be stored permanently in the audio archives of Radio Korčula. Who knows, maybe someone will dig them out in 50 years and say: "...there you go!" This will make your head ring!"

Special thanks to Radio Korčula, and to all the fellow citizens of Korčula who found themselves on this album intentionally or accidentally.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, as well as by funds from Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Mastered at La Plant Studio, Belgrade
Croatian text & Artwork by Manja Ristić
English text Manja Ristić & Mark Vernon
Production ELL Studio 2022

released October 27, 2022


23 Oct 2022

Dezerteri


Soundtrack for the docu movie "Dezerteri" by Damir Markovina.
World premiere at the Ji.hlava Festival 2022

director: Damir Markovina
original title: Dezerteri
country: Croatia
year: 2022
running time: 44 min

producer: Damir Markovina
photography: Krešimir Štulina
editing: Dora Slakoper
sound: Miroslav Piškulić
composition: Manja Ristić
animation: Marko Tadić

find more about the movie here >>>

Experimental radio drama ~ Razglednice sa Zemlje, kozmonauti plaču


"Razglednice sa zemlje-kozmonauti plaču" je poetski fragmentarni tekst autorice Mile Manojlović, koji kombiniranjem glumačke izvedbe i eksperimentalnog elektro-akustičkog kompozitorskog postupka glazbenice Manje Ristić donosi inovativnu formu radio drame, oslonjene na poetski izričaj, zvučnu scenografiju nastalu snimanjem i montažom autentičnih zvukova, te snažnu, angažiranu ekološku poruku.

Projekt nastaje u sredini udaljenog dalmatinskog otoka i razvija započetu suradnju autorica sa lokalnom radio postajom Radio Korčula u otkrivanju i emitiranju novih akustičkih formi dramsko-poetskog izričaja.

Tekst i izvedba: Mila Manojlović
Kompozicija i dizajn zvuka: Manja Ristić
Tehička podrška: Radio Korčula, Studio Glavna ptica, La Plant Studio.
Produkcija: ELL Studio, 2022
Posebne zahvale Gordani Šuperak i Ivanu Sardeliću Šoretu.

Projekt je podržan od strane Ministarstva kulture i medija Republike Hrvatske i Dubrovačko-Neretvanske Županije.

Dobra voda ~ AV installation


NMG@PRAKTIKA Manja Ristić / Aleksandar Lazar – Dobra voda

Galerija kluba Kocka, Dom mladih Split, Ulica slobode 28
POČETAK: petak, 21. listopada 2022. u 20h
Aktivnost se održava u sklopu sound art festivala ISPOD BINE.

Dobra voda je audio-vizualna kompozicija nastala od 16 snimaka podmorja magične vale na otoku Silba, poznate po umjetničkoj komuni koja je krajem 70-ih i početkom 80-ih okupljala vinovnike alternativne kulture bivše Jugoslavije. U ambijentu skrivenog rajskog otoka stvarali su se temelji nove avangarde i novog vala, a 40 i više godina kasnije, Manja Ristić istražuje morfologiju okoliša Dobre vode kroz aleatoričke geste, zvučne intervencije i osluškivanje prošlosti.
Mikro-pokret bioma, salinitet, geomorfološki zapisi dalje se manifestiraju kroz magiju kimatike – oblika generiranih tretiranjem tonoskopa (kimatičke ploče) zvučnim talasima, koji formiraju višedimenzionalne vizualne uzorke. Aleksandar Lazar pristupa kompoziciji tehnikom senzitizacije zvuka vizualnim elementima, i uvodi nas u postepenu objektivizaciju sinestezije.

Dok hidrofonski snimci, kao i terenski snimci izvedeni zakopavanjem snimača zvuka u suhe naslage morske trave Posidonia oceanica (izuzetno važnog proizvođača kisika čija učinkovitost prerade ugljiko-dioksida po metru kvadratnom prevazilazi učinkovitosti Amazonskih šuma), zadiru duboko u sonični simulakrum endemskih biodiverziteta otoka Silba, palimpsesti svedene kimatike otvaraju novo psiho-senzorno polje i objelodanjuju intrinzičnu prirodu zvuka. Ta brižljivo tretirana matrica novonastale realnosti razotkriva se upravo u magijskim detaljima, poput dugo iščekivanog arhetipskog sna.

20 Oct 2022

Final exhibition of the Acoustic Commons project

 



Aix-en-Provence, France
5 – 9 Oct 2022
more  here >>>

SOUNDCAMP listening room program: 

9:00 Irena PIVKA: EchoWalk
9:30 Manja RISTIĆ: Slip Between Them Almost
10:00 beepblip: Anthropic Frequencies
10:30 Robertina ŠEBJANIČ: Talks with Grey Heron
19:00 OR poiesis: Seasonal Paths
20:30 Brane ZORMAN: Metal Pole Woodpeckers
21:00 Colin BLACK: Dreaming Backwards Through Morning


4 Oct 2022

Stožice Walk

 

‘Stožice Walk’ represents the conclusion of the ‘Sonic Ontology of Negligence’ trilogy, initiated in 2020 by Steklenik – Gallery for sound, bioacoustics and art, from Ljubljana.

The first part of the trilogy was a sound work titled ‘Sonic Ontology of Negligence' produced as a publication and a series of in-situ FM radio sound walks.

The second piece, composed of the material gathered in the performative walk through abandoned mega-structure Stožice, is ‘Nothing Has To Happen, Fortress Europe’, commissioned by Radiophrenia 2022. The work was published by Elan Vital Recordings, as a start of the series Dystopian 001, a split release with Toni Dimitrov.

‘Stožice Walk’, the third and most complete recording of the walk was presented in September 2022 at the TO)pot Sound Walks Festival, in Ljubljana, as a live electro-acoustic set at the Cukrarna Gallery.

30 Aug 2022

Radio Astral /// 22—hour—long radio work /// podcast

 

Radio Astral is a flow of imaginative narratives derived from drone and ambient experiments, personal field recording archives, self-generative soundscapes, improvisational gestures and sequences on both conventional and unconventional instruments, as well as decompositions of random media archives.

More about the project >>> 

Awake or asleep. Radio Astral is always listening.

25 Aug 2022

Dobra voda

 

Dobra voda is a small bay on the island of Silba. A remote beach is situated an hours walking distance from the only village on the island.

This mystical and completely secluded place was once a summer commune, gathering creative minds from Yugoslavia but also from all over Europe. A versatile art scene emerged, the one that preceded Ljubljana's alternative theatre scene, Rijeka's new wave and some of the most influential ex-Yu alternative bands; "[...] The music was coming from every single bush: violins, cellos, saxophones, trumpets, and, of course, mostly guitars [...]."

One of my dearest friends, Natasha Kadin, curator and cultural manager of SEA Silba Environment Art organised a wonderful exhibition in 2018 with found archive photos made by Marijan Blažina, one of the artists from the commune. Croatian multi-disciplinary artist and author Boris Greiner wrote more about this exhibition: www.silba-environment-art.hr/en/blog/boris-greiner-slikovne-poruke-s-dobre-vode/

I visited Dobre vode on a few occasions, but this particular time I wanted to record a sonic palimpsest, built from water memories and other environmental simulacra of this magical little bay. I recorded with hydrophones from various angles, listened to the interplay between water and salt and different geological formations. The movement of the pebbles from the sea bed, water sliding down the rocks and crevices, burying my "ears" under the sea bed but also inside the enormous piles of dry Posidonia oceanica, commonly known as Neptune grass or Mediterranean tapeweed, a seagrass species that is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. It forms large underwater meadows that are an important part of the ecosystem. The Posidonia has a very high carbon absorption capacity, being able to soak up 15 times more carbon dioxide every year than a similar-sized piece of the Amazon rainforest.

Dobra voda bay is positioned to accumulate dry Posidonia once it is washed ashore. It is absolutely impossible to be still in those clouds of dry seaweed and be completely silent. Even so, I tried.

The sound piece is a mix of 16 chosen recordings placed in a dronesque metaphor of passing time.

Kunstradio — Radiokunst /// Radio Astral — The Atomic Compression


22—hour—long sound journey made for Radio Art Zone was premiered on RADIOKUNST — KUNSTRADIO on August 7th, 2022 ((( www.kunstradio.at/2022B/07_08_22.html ))) as a super compressed 28—min—long radio adaptation!

Find out more about the original work here >>> radioart.zone/sunday-19-june

Special thanks to Kunstradio editor Elisabeth Zimmermann.

1 Jul 2022

Him, fast sleeping, soon he found In labyrinth of many a round, self​-​rolled

releases July 12, 2022

Recorded and composed by Manja Ristić, Korčula island (Croatia) in 2021/2022

Tracks 1 & 5 – recordings of Silba island were made with the support of SEA Silba Environment Arts Residency, June 2021
Track 2 – Humpback Whale recording belongs to MBARI – Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Track 3 – hydrophone used for the recording is made by Jez riley French

Artwork and layout by Štěpán Brož
Mastered by LaPlant Studio, Belgrade
Words by Lujo Parežanin
The work was supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)
Released by mappa as MAP033 in 2022

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„My recording techniques all boil down to one thing – intuition. I do not use expensive or highly sensitive equipment nor do I employ special techniques. On the contrary, I believe that the information regarding space or an object can be recorded well enough on an average device. My personal guideline when recording sound is the positioning of myself as the listening medium, active and with the intention of establishing a connection that is sometimes intellectual, sometimes conceptual, and sometimes phenomenological.”

- Manja Ristić, in an interview for Kulturpunkt.hr

It is to the detriment of our understanding of musicality that we mostly measure it by the capacity to produce, and much less by the capacity to receive some sort of acoustic information or event. The virtuosity of listening, of understanding the sonic situation and its potential, is, however, that which defines one's capacity to interact – with other musicians, with the audience, and with the environment. This could also be taken to mean that an ethical act is implied in the situation of listening – the decision to relate, to be attentive to, and to actively position oneself in relation to what is heard.

Rarely is this capacity so thoroughly pronounced and ethically conscious as in the case of Manja Ristić, the Belgrade-born and Royal Academy of Music-schooled musician, composer, sound and multimedia artist (the list could go on), who currently lives on the island of Korčula in the Croatian part of the Adriatic. Ristić’s recent, field recording-based work, is indeed all about attentiveness, most of all towards the environment and the acoustic traces of the endangered ecological layers of her old-new Mediterranean surroundings. With that in mind, it is indeed no wonder that her newest album draws from Milton’s Paradise Lost, which could easily be the anti-slogan of the endangered Croatian coast, eaten up by the pressures of touristification and the usurpation and privatization of once common space. More precisely, the album is inspired by one of the fifty Gustave Doré illustrations of Milton’s epic, Him, fast sleeping, soon he found, In labyrinth of many a round, self-rolled, from which it draws its title. The verses and the scene are from Book IX, depicting the moment Satan inhabits the Serpent, the beginning of his subversion of God’s autocratic rule, as some interpretations would have it.

For Ristić, the actual Paradise she introduces us to is in a state of imbalance – the idyllic soundscapes of her island surroundings overlain with sonic anxiety, such as on the album’s first track, The Flies, with its unrelenting, nervous buzzing evoking the ominous Biblical entity of Beelzebub, or The Lord of the Flies. The next track, Whales, which beautifully utilizes archival whale recordings, could also be taken to establish an intertextual relation to Milton through Melville, whose Moby Dick was strongly influenced by Paradise Lost. The middle track of the album, dedicated to the Croatian-American painter and muralist Maksimilijan Vanka, uses to great, unsettling effect what to my ears sounds like a buried hydrophone, a technique often employed by Ristić in her work, giving us a rough, grinding impression of water beating the pebbles over a high-pitched drone. But perhaps the most ominous, pessimistic image is painted in The Flag Pole, in which the symbol of revolutionary victory (I’m thinking of the Yugoslav modernist Tin Ujević and his proto-avant-garde sonnet Farewell from 1914) becomes a source of terrifying sonic unease, as we are listening to the incessant sound of its rope hitting the metal pole. However, with Dlana Night comes relief – the drones become airier, calmer; there is a distant notion of people, dogs, everyday life, all shrouded in the calming sound of the crickets on the island of Silba. Ristić, ultimately, serves us some hope on this wonderful new album, showing us that something has been lost, but that something can also be gained through the thoughtful attention with which she listens to the world around her.

Lujo Parežanin

21 Jun 2022

Manja Ristić / Giovanni Di Domenico – Alinea

 



Remote collaboration with outstanding pianist, composer and producer Giovanni di Domenico is coming out on CD for Inexhaustible Editions!

All music by Manja Ristić & Giovanni Di Domenico (SABAM)
Recorded at various locations across Korčula island, Croatia and at Studio W in Brussels, Belgium between May 2020 and February 2021
Edited, mixed and mastered by Giovanni Di Domenico
Liner notes by Ksenija Stevanović
Cover artworks by Lazar Marković (Untitled #1 & #2, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 35×50 cm)
Graphic design by László Szakács
Produced by László Juhász

8 May 2022

radio Astral ~ 22 hour-long broadcast for Radio Art Zone



June 19th from 14:00 CEST until 12:00 noon on Monday, June 20th

Radio Art Zone is a project by Radio ARA & Mobile_Radio as part of Esch2022

Follow and listen >>> https://radioart.zone/

Broadcast via FM, DAB+ and webstream

Manja Ristić is introducing a 22 hour-long radio piece composed of 108 tracks ~ Radio Astral is a flow of imaginative narratives derived from drone and ambient experiments, personal field recording archives, improvisational gestures and sequences on both conventional and unconventional instruments, as well as decompositions of random media archives.

26 Apr 2022

radio-omnibus "the concrescence"

 

the concrescence is a radio-omnibus that explores possible sound embodiments of automatic memory layering experienced in lucid dreaming and self-hypnosis.

compositional structure is driven by quasi-cinematic imaginary emerging from choreographies of listening deeply embedded in mnemosonic constructs – a self-generative textures of sound derived from spatial memory imprints – in this particular case I am also referring to a field recording practice that involves site-specific intervention or a choreographic improvisation.

the first piece is a triptych. it follows the abstract narrative of contrasting spaces, from the enchanted forest of the Ugljenica Bay on the island of Silba and gravel crumbling under the weight of the sea waves to the Mercurial electromagnetic noises (resampled NASA sounds) and the noises of the electrical grid of Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. the journey ends in Rokova 13, in Split, on the window overlooking the narrow street just off the Diocletian Palace.

window field recording from Rokova 13 is a juxtaposition of Luc Ferrari's infamous "Presque rien no. 1, le lever du jour au bord de la mer" (1970).

the second piece is a moody dwelling built around the sonic abundance of the island of Silba. fast shifting of the sonic sceneries imposes a prolonged psychological "accelerando", a memory flow placed in the curvature of a time-lapse and its shortened geometries. the provoked imaginarium is gradually becoming condensed and saturated, systematically transcending a subconscious discharge gently placed to stimulate the state of a multimodal dream processing.

concrescence I – originally commissioned by Cashmere Radio in the frame of MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Berlin 2022.
concrescence II – originally commissioned by SEA Silba Environment Art, 2021/22.

released April 25, 2022

mastering LaPlant Studio, Belgrade
laplantstudio.com

27 Mar 2022

Dystopian 001

 

'Dystopian 001' is a split release between the sound artists Manja Ristić and Toni Dimitrov, and it is part of the new 'Dystopian series', showcasing a more abstract, darker, obscure and politically infused side of the sound of élan vital artist roster. Inspired by everyday life in the last several years living in realized dystopian visions and darkest predictions, the sound on this series will be the soundtrack for our daily dystopian reality. We are all aware that the future of our civilization is not bright, but that doesn't mean we are not living in an exciting epoch.

Released March 27, 2022
CD + digital, paper envelope cover with hand-stamped and numbered inlay 
Limited edition
2022 élan vital recordings
Composed and arranged by Manja Ristić & Toni Dimitrov
Mastering LaPlant Studio Belgrade
Cover drawings by Dorian Dimitrov
Design by Toni Dimitrov

The work 'Nothing Has To Happen, Fortress Europe' was originally commissioned by Radiophrenia 2022

28 Feb 2022

Framework afield : Manja Ristić

Featuring: Abby Lee Tee, Rastko Lazić, The Howlite Dunja Crnjanski, Rush Falknor, Liz Helman, Mark Vernon, Katharina Schmidt & Fahmi Mursyid, Jacqueline George, Tomáš Šenkyřík, Internazionale, and including loads of my own unpublished material lately deeply submerged into investigating various sound sources of the Solar System. Full playlist on FRAMEWORK RADIO


26 Feb 2022

Dreams

 

The track was produced as a stress-reduction tool.
You can build a loop cycle according to your own sensibilities.
Low or moderate listening volume recommended.

released February 25, 2022

composed by Manja Ristić

mastering LaPlant Studio Belgrade
laplantstudio.com

5 Feb 2022

The Rings of Water

CD, 8-panel booklet, liner notes.

Two contrasting pieces explore the age-old human quest to comprehend the transformative powers of life. The overlapping disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, the culture of memory, cognitive psychology, and environmental studies, are conceptually layered to extend the idea of
formative traits of sound and to deepen the notion of listening to historically dense spaces.

Official release March 28, 2022, published by Flag Day Recordings

All sounds recorded, performed & composed by Manja Ristić
Cover art by Simonida Rajčević, from the series Strange Waves, 2016
Hydrophone & contact mics used for recordings made by Jez riley French
Layout by Shea Hardacre Designs
Mastering by Guillermo Pizarro

27 Jan 2022

The Return Of Medea

 

The Return Of Medea is a sonic diary, poetic rant, biopolitical scream.

19 Nov 2021

Desiderium Animae

I dedicate Desiderium Animae in loving memory of a dear friend and mentor Nataša Jovanović, professor of violoncello and chamber music from Belgrade, who left us too soon.

On October 31st I accidentally discovered Tunnel Grič in central Zagreb. It is 1 kilometer long WWII air-raid shelter, now a pedestrian tunnel recently reopened for the public after being sealed for decades.

This is the integral field recording of my first encounter with the tunnel and its incredible acoustics, interacting with passers-by, examining its sonic properties, feeling its dense memory field, while walking up and down and holding the recorder in my hand.

The recording is later enriched by minimal ambient interventions.

Released November 14, 2021

26 Oct 2021

Radio drama: Eskulap - anatomska eks mašina


Radio drama Eskulap – anatomska eks mašina nastala je prema satiričnom rimovanom epu, napisanom u aprilu 2020. godine, za vreme policijskog časa u Srbiji. Ima uporište u realnim događajima vezanim za pandemiju, ali je i fantazmagorični prikaz sveopšte situacije na prostoru Balkana.

Najveći deo radnje je hermetičan, odnosno smešten na srednjovekovni dvor i u dvorsku kosturnicu u doba pandemije, a obuhvata period od 13. veka, do dana današnjeg. Realni likovi, kojima je tekst inspirisan, pretočeni su u nekakve dvorske arhetipove kao što su: lekar, car, sveštenik, dvorska dama, dvorska luda, ministar vojni, lakej, kovač, pustolov zatočen u buretu i šišmiš. Ovih deset upečatljivih likova interpretira dvoje glumaca koristeći širok opseg glasovnih tehnika, podržan eksperimentalnom kompozicijom utemeljenoj u atmosferskim fragmentima terenskog zvuka, improvizacionim sekvencama i droničnoj dramaturgiji, kao i u bogatoj arhivi music concrete intervencija snimljenih specijalno za ovu priliku.

Radio drama donosi izuzetno jaku humornu notu, elemente horora, ali svakako, kao i svaka satira, na kraju ipak ostavlja gorak ukus realnosti.

Tekst i koncept: Mila Manojlović
Izvedba: Mila Manojlović, Nesim Hrvanović
Kompozicija i dizajn zvuka: Manja Ristić
Snimatelji zvuka: Igor Bulović, Igor Lončar (Studio Wave)
Mastering: La Plant Studio
Ko-produkcija: Sonja Leboš
Naslovna ilustracija: Marko Banićević
Produkcija: Studio ELL Korčula, 2021

Realizacija je podržana od strane Ministarstva kulture Republike Hrvatske