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Post​-​excavation activities

by Svetlana Maraš

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1 - Opening 03:44
5 - Main 06:29
8 - Noise 01:58


Post-excavation activities

is based on a fictional scenario of restoring the ancient, lost and found, musical recordings. It is a personal contemplation of what this imaginary sound reproduction technology might be, and moreover, what are the musical specificities of a medium that we consider to be old (and maybe even long forgotten) in general. These imaginary (musical) findings are central idea around which the compositions have been made. Sound vocabulary of the work has been built elaborating on this, and on the idea that the medium, as a physical fact, can be represented in music as one of many existing compositional layers, with possibility to be depicted by using conventional musical tools. Some titles of the individual pieces point out to concrete references, providing the listener with the material for a storytelling experience that permeates the whole work.

Majority of the sounds have purely digital origin although their purpose is to resemble the quality and the characteristics of field recordings, amplified objects or other concrete sounds. At this instance, the compositional method becomes inversion of the music concrete in an attempt to re-create the world of real, organic sounds by using the artificial, digital ones.

The signature sound by EMS Synthi 100 has been used cohesively throughout the different sections of the composition, to set an emotional backdrop of the work, and as a source material.

Conceptualization of the work is done by turning to the field of archeology due to its vast amount of meaningful relations to the world of artifacts. Aside from it, to dig deep into the ground and underneath, in expectation of the discovery, of the (sound) object that is symbolically important due to its historicity and not only its present functionality, was an interesting place to start from. Music provides at the same the the setting for this process, and the actual, central content of it. Such approach brings me close to working in the film music domain - it felt like creating a soundtrack for the non-existing film, or the cinema for the ear kind-of-work.

The work consists of 10 pieces. It was composed between June 2019 and April 2020, although some materials have been gathered earlier, starting from February 2019.

Premiered at Radio Belgrade III - May 30, 2020


released December 8, 2020

Composed and mastered by Svetlana Maraš
Produced by Electronic Studio - Radio Belgrade
Artwork by Gpran Stojčetović
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*Stevan Mokranjac award by Serbian Composers' Association for a work premiered in 2020


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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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