“Turniej” (eng. tournament) for two accordions, percussion, cello and MIDI keyboard (fragment of co-opera “Bajki robotów” (based on Stanisław Lem’s novel “Fables for Robots”) (2015-2016)
Rafał Łuc, Maciej Frąckiewicz – accordions, Leszek Lorent – percussion, Andrzej Bauer – cello, Justyna Skoczek – MIDI keyboard
The project is based on three science fiction short stories by Stanisław Lem: “The Three Electroknights,” “Uranium Ears,” “How Erg the Self-Inducting Slew a Paleface”. The protagonists are robots living on the distant planets: Kryonia – frosty and sunless, but glittering with different colors of the Northern Lights, Aktynuria – made of the heaviest metals, its inhabitants were called Palatynids. Aktynuria was visited by the slick Homos Antropos, who shabbily deceived its residents, especially the innocent princess Elektrina.
The term ‘co-opera’ comes from the word ‘cooperation’, which implies some sort of a collaboration and equality. First of all, the work was composed by two composers, who have been cooperating closely for over a decade. Secondly, as a result of a long-standing cooperation between composers and performers, there is a balance between the composed and the improvised parts. Thirdly, electro-acoustic and visual layers are interdependent. Moreover, the word co-opera also contains the question “co?” (“what?”) embodying the unknown, an enigma, an experiment.
What is more, the co-opera involves a performance from a specially commissioned program: drawing on the story, whose protagonists are robots, we replaced traditional voice acting with speech synthesizer software. The co-opera also uses several unique props, including an office article turned into a musical instrument. The work is held together by software written by the composers.
Project co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland within the programme „Collections” – the priority „Composition Commissions” implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.
Bajki robotów (Fables of Robots)
Wrocław (PL), National Forum of Music, The Red Hall, Musica Polonica Nova
Justyna Skoczek – typewriter, MIDI keyboard, Andrzej Bauer – cello, electric cello, Maciej Frackiewicz – accordion, Rafał Łuc – accordion, Leszek Lorent – percussion instruments, Paweł Romanczuk – unconventional instruments, Paweł Hendrich – computer, electric guitar, Cezary Duchnowski – computer, keyboards, Bartłomiej Szlachcic – director of visualizations, 2EDIFICATION (Łukasz Rozmysłowski, Norbert Rosiek) – dubstep dance