Anthill Rag

Krzysztof Topolski – anthill field recording, drums and cymbals, transducer, monotron, radio, production
Drums recorded at Dicke Dreams Studio by M.Bunio.S and Krzysztof Topolski

Composition contains two layers: anthill field recording, recorded in my city of Gdańsk, Poland, and drum set improvisation. All noises, drones, and clicks are produced by ants movement recorded by stereo set contact microphones.

The idea of the piece is inspired by Walter De Maria’s compositions Cricket Music (1964) and Ocean Music (1968). Field recording of crickets and sea waves blended with De Maria’s live tribal drumming.

Krzysztof Topolski fot. Katarzyna Jankowska

Electroacoustic improviser, drummer, author of soundart projects, field recordist. Key concepts in his work are noise and soundscape. He explores the area of percussion and live electronic, improvised and electroacoustic music. He composes with the use of computer, creates interactive and sound installations, organizes presentations and lectures on contemporary music and sound art and also runs workshops. Curator of Soundplay project in CCA Laźnia in Gdańsk. Published his music and sounds on labels: Post_Post, Nefryt, Monotype, Audiotong, Sqrt, Lado Abc, Plg, Konkretourist, Sangoplasmo, Bółt, Pawlacz Perski.

In 2015 he took part in Gardens exhibition at Zachęta, National Gallery of Art, Soundplay residency at Skalar Center for Sound Art and Experimental Music w Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

In the years 2012 – 2013 he realised projects: Museum of Sounds in National Museum in Carcow, Baltic Sounds Good in the frames of Art Line. Arszyn Emigrant GPS commissioned by Emigration Museum in Gdynia and Perspektiven/Perspektywy – reinterpretations and homages to the Polish Radio Experimental Studio Warsaw and the Studio des WDR für Elektronische Musik Köln, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Köln, Germany

In 2009, together with Mariusz Waras, he created installation Fabryka (Factory) in CCA Znaki Czasu (Signs of Time) in Toruń and also presented the piece Folk Science as a part of Pandemonium project in AC Institute [Direct Chapel] in New York. He was awarded a sholarship of Museums Quartier in Vienna (2004), Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2007, 2010, 2013),Visegrad Fund residence program at Skolska 28 Gallery, Prague (2011) and ArtsLink residency program in Ohio Sate University School of Music, USA (2013). Took part in many festivals: Sanatorium of Sound, Narracje, CoCArt, Unsound, Wien Modern, Stimul, Echofluxx, Jazz and Experimental Music from Poland, OSA.

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