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Res Extensa (2005)

by Gabriel Paiuk

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Res Extensa 38:25


Res Extensa is a tape piece based on the superposition and juxtaposition of different layers of sound registers. These registers are layers of sound materials related to our everyday sound environment and coming from different origins: marginal sounds from electric devices, analogue sources, field recordings, amplification of micro-sounds, recordings of machine noises, digital errors and music. These sounds do not carry a traditionally codified expressive meaning but rather an emotional register linked to our everyday experience, an affective and tactile charge related to what we are exposed to. Within them, a great variety of articulations and nuances are connected to our feeling and understanding (of the world). The aim of the piece is to unfold, friction and break up this matters to expose them in their affective characters and our connection to them. Recorded sound can be thought of as a specific type of acoustic event. This, as well as the sounds of all kind of electric phenomena, have become part of our listening culture. The fragments used in Res Extensa are not a representation of the world but rather extracts of our vibrational experience, of our shared surface of perception, feeling and thought. The idea is to create a musical event based on the assemblage of different modes of listening. In Res Extensa sound matters and their implied listening habits are put against each other. The aim is to build a dramaturgy of the grain of sound in which each layer unfolds an array of sensations, a plane of continuous movement stripped off the acquired mechanisms of perceiving musical sound. Music as a language of matter, but language as an articulation of experiences rather than as a representative system.


released January 1, 2006

Released originally on the Sedimental label sedimental.com/catalog/index.php?ID=41



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Gabriel Paiuk Amsterdam, Netherlands

Gabriel Paiuk (*1975) is a composer and sound artist whose work is concerned with the ways in which we listen. In recent years his work has focused on how material conditions and practices of sound mediation play a role in the ways we engage with sound. His work takes the form of sound installations and compositions for instruments and electronics.

More information here: www.gabrielpaiuk.com
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