Bajki robotów (Fables of Robots) co-opera for typewriter, percussion instruments, unconventional instruments, two accordions, electric guitar, MIDI keyboard, cello / electric cello, electronics, visualizations and dubstep dance (co-composed with Cezary Duchnowski 2015-2016)


Duration: 75’00”


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Audio 2


Score 1

Score 2


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.

Commissioned by the National Forum of Music (NFM).


List of performances:


2016


8 April

Wrocław (PL), National Forum of Music, The Red Hall, Musica Polonica Nova


Librettists: Cezary Duchnowski, Paweł Hendrich

Music, artistic concept and directing: Cezary Duchnowski, Paweł Hendrich

Software: Cezary Duchnowski, Paweł Hendrich

Speech synthesizer: Paweł Cyrta

Paleface costume design: Justyna Podżorny


Performers:

Justyna Skoczek – typewriter, MIDI keyboard

Andrzej Bauer – cello, electric cello

Maciej Frąckiewicz – 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


Łukasz Rozmysłowski – dance

Norbert Rosiek – dance



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