Anestis Logothetis – The Art of Displaced Sounds
“Sounds, like people, can migrate – across territories and cultures and away from their place of origin to reappear, renewed, in unexpected places. Technological progress has enabled sounds that come from profoundly different acoustic situations to come together and establish new constellations of meaning.
Despite being entirely a citizen of the twentieth century (born in Burgas, Bulgaria in 1921, dying in Vienna in 1994), Anestis Logothetis was already imagining the sonic world of the future in which any sound might cross over to centre stage and mingle with any other. He achieved this by inventing a whole new way of mapping sounds into notation, one that relies upon allusive clues, precise details for timbral nuance and a willingness on the part of interpreters to meet ‘ the highest flights of sonic fantasy’ with ‘corresponding acts of interpretative fidelity and imagination’. The result is a melting pot in which many sounds can co-exist – sometimes vying for attention, sometimes blending harmoniously together.
His scores, with their richness of sonic signification, are works of art in their own right: in tonight’s performance they will be projected as still images alongside the musical tumult that they have engendered.”
About the Logothetis Ensemble
The Logothetis Ensemble is an Anglo-German electro-acoustic quartet specialising in faithful performances of the scores of Anestis Logothetis.
RICHARD DOUGLAS-GREEN works with natural sounds, processing them through the use of ultrasonics and other technologies to produce new sounds which retain the complexity of their natural origins but that have acquired new identities whose source can no longer be readily identified. He worked in sound production with the BBC in Cardiff, Bristol and Plymouth before becoming Senior Lecturer in Sound Production at Plymouth College of Art and Design. He now runs a small independent label and recording studio in Northern Brittany.
WERNER DURAND performs music for saxophones, Iranian ney, and self-made wind instruments. He started to build wind instruments out of plexiglass and PVC in the early 80s. Werner has collaborated with numerous composers/performers including Arnold Dreyblatt, David Behrman, John Driscoll, David Moss, Muslimgauze, Henning Christiansen& David Toop, but mainly with Dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni for more than 20 years. Current projects include a Lemuria Trio with Ray Kaczynski & Ganesh Anandan, OKAPI with dancer Junko Wada and video artist Takehito Koganezawa.
MIKE MCINERNEY plays piano and Japanese shakuhachi flute as interfaces with new technology. As a composer, he combines open form scores with acoustic recordings and analog synthesis to create works for live electro-acoustic performance. His work has been performed at Plymouth New Music Festival (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012), Spitalfields Winter Festival (2012), Notting Hill Mayfest (2013), Sonic Arts’ EXPO Leeds (2009), Noise=Noise 17 (2010) and Teufeslberg Heri-Tage (2012). Dr McInerney is a lecturer in music with Plymouth University.
MICHAEL NEIL is an English electronic composer now resident in Berlin with a release catalogue of more than twenty albums to his credit. He plays synthesizers, MIDI interfaces with music software and samples from natural and synthetic sources in order to interact with conventional and non-conventional instruments and their performers. He also works closely with the visual arts to help redefine the role of music in the context of visual practices, graphic scores and pitch determinants such as map co-ordinates and topographical data.