Global Mix

An evening of performances by Marek Choloniewski, a celebrated composer of interactive electronic systems


Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Design
  • Performance

Organizing Institutions



Arthur Sabatini, Merilyn Jackson


CEC ArtsLink


Peregrine Arts, Inc.

Opens to public



4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104


25% Formal - 75% Informal

  • New music

Slought is pleased to announce a performance by the Krakow-based sound artist Marek Choloniewski, a celebrated composer of interactive electronic systems, on Friday, April 13, 2007 from 8-10:00pm. A discussion with Marek Choloniewski and Arthur Sabatini, Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Arizona State University, will take place at 7pm. This concert, suggested by Arthur Sabitini and Merilyn Jackson, former dance critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, is presented with Peregrine Arts, Inc. and Soundfield NFP, and has been made possible through the generous support of CEC ArtsLink.

The program features solo performances of compositions including Global Mix, Lighting, Face, and Dark&LightZone, as well as music for quartet, featuring Marek Choloniewski, Gene Coleman, Evan Lipson, and Dustin Hurt.

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Marek Choloniewski was born in 1953 in Krakow, and studied organ and theory of music and composition at the Krakow Academy of Music. Choloniewski is a celebrated composer of interactive electronic systems, who has written instrumental and electro-acoustic music for theater, film and radio, and has authored a series of sound and video installations, outdoor, and internet projects. Choloniewski has also served as the artistic director and founder of projects including the Audio Art Festival and International Workshops for New Music Cracow/Stuttgart (together with Matthias Hermann). From 1993-1999 he was an artistic director of the International Academy for New Composition and Audio Art in Schwaz, Austria, and since 2000 he has been the director of the Electro-acoustic Music Studio of the Krakow Academy of Music. In coordination with IRCAM, he coordinates the European Course for Musical Composition and Technologies.

Choloniewski has devised a series of interactive electronic systems including MaWe (2003/2006), a Multipurpose AudioWave Environment, and software patch for the Max/MSP environment. Other systems include "ATTS" (Audio Time Triggering System, 1988), which translates acoustic signals to digital codes controlling computer music sequences, and thus synchronizes physical or visual events with virtual and illusory ones, and "LTTS" (Light Time Triggering System), which translates optical/light changes into series of computer codes, controlling the performance of computer music sequences.

The compositions featured in the program include interactive electronic systems such as:

Dark&LightZone (1999/2003), which features gestural control of four photocells that determine sound structures composed live in various forms. Dark&LightZone is an instrument as well as the name of a series of performances, including the original performance by the Arditti Quartett (1999), by the Stanislaw Wisniewski Compagne (1999), a modern dance group from Lyon, as well as different performances by chamber ensembles (2000-2005). Dark&LightZone also took the form of a recent public interactive installation at the IMT Gallery in London (September 2006).

Face (2000/06), which is an audiovisual performance interactively controlled by the face of the performer. There are a variety of parameters controlled live by the performer, including: time, timbre, space, and sound processing; all are controlled by one hand-lamp playing the role of a sort of light-baton in front of the face of performer. A series of photo-cells fastened to the face of performer follow light changes and control particular musical parameters. The second version of the piece is based on the live video transformation of the face of the performer mixed with prerecorded material. The interactive face-installation was invented and used for the first time by the composer in 1989 in the audiovisual project WYSYG (What You See You Get).

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