Gašper Torkar is a poet and a storyteller, though he doesn’t always need words to tell his story. This is confirmed by five pieces of almost-dance electronic music, which make up the distorted ambient soundscape rife with heavy, damp passages made up of ubiquitous noise. But how does one put a wordless story to words?
To step into someone’s dreamscape is to step into their intimate world, a place one should enter by invitation only. And it is exactly that which creates the appeal, it piques our interest and draws us into Torkar’s corridor of mystery, stepping through the gateway he just opened for us (Passage). The barely audible breath of the dreamer (I Dream of Others) voices a sharp, repetitive warning cautioning us against the unknown – and it must be ignored if we are to continue down the rabbit-hole, beyond the ominous deed (Impersonal Again), all the way into the depths of the club underground, where the tightening of the jaws and the grinding of the teeth (Bruxism) segues into the surprisingly supple but slow minimal sounds. The old-school, yet original synth sounds lure us into the vaulted corridor, conjuring up a neon reflection of the fantastic film noir (Rib Vaulting). We rise up from this deep swamp, following a persistent, growing rhythm, leading us forward in the hopes that this dark, visceral journey will ultimately lead us back into the light.
Torkar is a multi-faceted artist whose body of work, stretched between poetry, music and other artistic forms, has brought him to various literary, theatre and club stages. Even as he debuted with his collection of poems Podaljšano bivanje (Day Care), he was tempering his creative backbone at events such as Belo smetje (White Trash). Soon after, he contributed his own production pieces and music material for a number of theater plays (Nemo mesto, Utopija, Hamlet - Silent City, Utopia, Hamlet), as well as M. Bricelj Baraga’s installation Cyanometer. At the 2016 Club Marathon, he proved himself an excellent architect of electronic soundscapes, as you will be able to see in his musical debut, which you are about to witness. And yet, Torkar’s restless creative spirit is already taking him on new adventures, as he is currently already working on two new art installations and recently announced an upcoming poetry collection.
- I Dreams of Others
- Impersonal Again
- Rib Vaulting
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music + mastering Gašper Torkar
design Tina Ivežić & Luka Prinčič
print cut bind Janja Baznik & Maruša Hren
editorial Luka Prinčič
texts Alenka Selčan
translation Tadej Reissner
Gašper Torkar would like to thank Luka for trust, Barbara for shouting with him and Neja & Bron for love and support.
Media support by Radio Študent Ljubljana
Financially supported by City Municipality of Ljubljana and Ministry of Culture RS
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