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This year the Mausoleum will again be featuring three acts.

In a project initiated by Elevate, Dorian Concept and Zanshin artistically approach one of the synthesizer‘s prototypes - the Max Brand Synthesizer. The first schematics of this instrument were created in 1957 by Bob Moog, who designed a unique machine based on the ideas of composer Max Brand. The monstrous machine differs from other synthesizers not only regarding its sound, but also its interface: in addition to two keyboards and additional manuals for voltage control, there are also two foot pedals. While Synth Wizard Dorian Concept will be working on the keys and pedals, Zanshin will be using the sound generation controls. A dialogue develops between the two musicians who, in a time of user-friendliness, welcome the imperfections of this instrument and believe that they recognize the nature of man through this. Together they try to decipher this idiosyncratic instrument and reinvent it.


The instrument that plays the installative performance „Torso“ is similarly idiosyncratic. It contains four 100V loudspeakers, which were installed on four rotors and rotate at varying speeds. In addition, microphones were installed to make the sounds resonate in feedback loops. In his 2019 Prix Ars Electronica, Golden Nica award winning work, Peter Kutin explores psychoacoustic effects. The composition of the Austrian sound artist is minimalist and subtle. It works with otoacoustic effects and blurs the difference between synthetic and human sound production. The psycho-acoustic effects irritate our senses, while additionally installed strobe flashes catapult us into a trance-like state.


Another commission brings together filmmaker Vincent Moon and experimental vocalist Hatis Noit. Moon has travelled the globe for over a decade to make films about the different musical languages and scenes. Among them are recordings of ritualistic ceremonies as well as recordings from the legendary Berlin club Berghain. In addition to an extensive installation at the Orpheum, in which a four-hour film of him will be shown, he will perform at the Mausoleum together with the musician Hatis Noit. Inspired by Nepalese monk‘s chant, it works its way through the expressive spectrum of the human voice, interweaving Japanese classical music and Gregorian chants, Bulgarian folklore and avant-garde experimentation. Her transcendental avant-garde pieces are based exclusively on the modulation of her voice, the impressive range of which has also inspired musicians such as Kevin Martin aka The Bug and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk to collaborate with the Japanese musician. Her latest release has been released on Erased Tapes.

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