Thuistezien 182 — 19.02.2021
Ernests Vilsons is a Latvian composer currently based in Riga. He writes, re-writes and thinks of music. Sometimes he listens to music, sometimes he listens to all of Beethoven's string quartets in a few days. He spends countless hours analyzing structures, whether they be the sound structures of certain bird songs, or the meticulous compositional designs of half-forgotten 20th century masterworks, or found structures of found objects. He registers in sound and in writing. He thinks of his music as if it had something in common with the evening sun in early spring.
In his own words on his contribution to the series:
‘Wrens sing all the winter through, frost excepted’ is a study in harmony, or in the inability of its attainment (nevertheless resulting in harmony). The fluctuating tones of Svilpaunieks (or Molinukai) – a small clay whistle with variable pitch, often made in the form of a bird – contributes to the main sound material which is set against fixed, electronically generated sound-waves.'
About the series: No View, The Radio
The arts are taking a break. Theaters, museums, concert halls and galleries are closed. To a large extent, the art that is so desperately needed right now is inaccessible. Imagine being quarantined at home without films, without books, without music.
Though we may not access the art, we can still think about it. The enforced rupture of this isolation can also be an opportune moment to reflect on and from, the arts. Every Friday for the upcoming weeks we will showcase original musical works by different artists, selected by Alex Andropoulos.