beepblip: noise for strings

2019

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About

beepblip's debut long-play album brings seven compositions that spin the acoustics of the strings, field recordings, and synthesized noise, always sharply targeted, processed, and intertwined into an immersive soundscape that never ceases to entice the listener into attentive deep listening. The tracks' slowly fluctuating dynamics aims to create an open sound space, underpinned by a foundation that unites topical themes with a clear methodology. The album is based on selected premises of the string theory and the complexity of quantum dynamics, while introducing also certain other levels of music composition alongside this scientific layer: the mechanics of DIY electronics, telling stories of a grim vision of the exploitative Anthropocene, of the apocalypse and how to confront it, and the meaning of magic rituals. With her noise for strings, beepblip taps into the political dimension of sound, daring to ask not only who is listening but also what is it that we do not listen to. Her compositions walk the thin line between cultural appropriation and an emotional response to segregation and colonial tendencies around the world, which are as present today as they were a hundred years ago.

Ida Hiršenfelder [beepblip] is a Ljubljana-based sound and intermedia artist. She is interested in the history of media, archives and their disapearance, and media archeology. On projects related to digital archives, she works closely with the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM). From 2007 to 2013, she was an archivist of DIVA Station, Digital Video Archives at SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, and a curator at the Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory; prior to that she also wrote for Radio Student and Dnevnik Daily. She is an advocate and user of free and open source software.

She was a member of the DIY sound collective Theremidi Orchestra, creating noise soundscapes and performing at over 30 concerts locally and internationally, such as Eye Beam, New York, Spectrum, Berlin; ARTos, Nicosia; Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), Vitanje; Zasavlje Noisefest International (ZFNI), Trbovlje; RADAR! RIZOM, Cirkulacija 2, Ljubljana; Cornelius Cardew's Treatise in collaboration with Brgs, Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Ljubljana; Dvocikel in collaboration with Irena Tomažin, Layer House, Kranj; Drama in the Urban Sounds, ŠKUC Association, Ljubljana; Front Room Gallery, New York; SHARE, New York; LiWoLi, Linz; Cofestival, Dance Theatre Ljubljana. In collaboration with intermedia artist Saša Spačal, she has been creating sound experiments (2322, agapea: 2311, Kamizdat, 2015) and a series of sonoseismic installations (Crust, 2014; Sonoseismic Earth 2016-2017), as well as co-founded ČIPke, Initiative for Women with a Sense for Technology, Science and Art at RAMPA Lab-Kersnikova Institute. She has collaborated with media artist Robertina Šebjanič and sound artist Aleš Hieng – Zergon on a series of chemical sound installations: after showing their Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden at the Aksioma Project Space, the work was also presented at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (2016) in the main exhibition Radical Atoms and the Alchemists of Our Time and on Device_art 5.016 exhibition in Montreal. Ida has performed under the alias beepblip at Electric Nights, Athens (2015), Topographies of Sound – The Famous Unknown, ŠKUC Association (2017); radioCona:wolFMoon (2017); radioCona:Winter Exor:cism, Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture (2018); Show 656, radia.fm (2018); AMRO – Art Meets Radical Openness, Linz (2018); and released her work on the compilation Access Frame: Collectivity, Kamizdat (2018).
More at http://beepblip.org

Tracklist of Entanglaments

  • Gravitons 4:46

  • Hedrons 5:50

  • Interactions 5:26

  • Dark Energy 8:50

  • Holographic Principle 7:36

  • Heterotic string 5:42

  • Vacua 3:25

  • Chromodynamics 6:00


Availability

Free streaming, downloads (name your price) and limited edition USBs are available through our Bandcamp shop kamizdat.bandcamp.com.
Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) licence www.creativecommons.org/licences

Credits

Ida Hiršenfelder · music, recording, liner notes, photography
Tina Ivezić · graphic design
Maruša Hren · usb booklet design and manufacture
Luka Prinčič · usb booklet design, editorial, production
Stella Ivšek · Kamizdat Rentgen visuals, streaming, design and promotion

A very special thanks to friends and family Aleš Hieng – Zergon, Robertina Šebjanič, Matija Hiršenfelder, Staška Guček, Michal Kindernay for playing and playing together.

Some of the field recordings were taken at Danube Delta during Sonic Future Residencies, 2019, organised by www.semisilent.ro.

Support

Media support: Radio Študent Ljubljana
Financially supported by City Municipality of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture RS

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