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Jezik - 1 04:08
Jezik - 2 00:12
Jezik - 3 03:43
Jezik - 4 03:04
Jezik - 5 03:16
Jezik - 6 02:26
Jezik - 7 01:20
Jezik - 8 04:09
Jezik - 9 02:52
Jezik - 10 04:50
Jezik - 11 01:05


JEZIK (Serbian for language, tongue)

*Shortlisted for Prix Italia 2017 (radio-music)

Jezik is a composition made of 11 short pieces, each being centered around the theme of human speech. These are short studies in language articulation, utilized by musical means. In a broad sense, the subject of the work is language as represented by human voice in a post-digital soundscape. Behind the computer screens, in the virtual space dominated by text and images, speaking voice as representation of the body, of the self, becomes modulated by the technology and deconstructed to the level of malfunction (glitch). Just as our attention is being dispersed due to multitude of simultaneous events, the language (or the ear that perceives it) in a same way reaches the ultimate fragmentariness. This was the reason why in the selection of materials that I worked with, I predominantly focused on very short cut-ups of variety of voices, with emphasis on paralinguistic elements from which I carefully moved towards larger units. I found musicality in the smallest cracks of speech and meaning, and I made the language struggle for its existence through many musical obstructions.

From appreciation of spoken words in all their acoustic subtleties, to artificial and enforced musical (rhythmical) structures that are not inherent to speech, i was testing the elasticity of language, stretching the boundaries of its musicality to the point of rupture. For me, within these ruptures, new (musical) meanings arise.

Svetlana Maraš
Belgrade, 2016

* All vocal materials are cut-ups from number of radio shows found in the archives of the Radio Belgrade and the recordings were kindly provided by them

Premiered at ORF Kunstradio-Radiokunst

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released February 26, 2019


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Svetlana Maraš Belgrade, Serbia

Composer and sound artist. Professor of Creative Music Technology and Co-head of Electronic Studio - Basel. Ex Head of Radio Belgrade's Electronic Studio

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