unexpected territories – david tudor – concerts 1.7. and 2.7. – Villa Elisabeth
8.7. and 9.7. – St. Elisabeth Church

1.7. – 19:00, Villa Elisabeth
David Tudor »Untitled« (1972/1994) with Michael Johnsen (projection by Sophia Ogielska)
Phil Edelstein »Subject to Change« for video and sound (for D. T.), UA
1.7. – 20:30, Villa Elisabeth
Mats Lindström »One (for David Tudor)« for neon light and live electronics, UA

2.7. – 19:00, Villa Elisabeth
David Tudor »Pepscillator« (1970) with John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein
David Tudor »Hedgehog« (1985) with Michael Johnsen
2.7. – 20:30 Uhr, Villa Elisabeth
David Tudor »Microphone« (1970) with Matt Rogalsky
Jan St. Werner & Michael Akstaller »Robodynamische Diffusion (RDD)« for moving loudspeaker, UA

8.7. – 19:00, St. Elisabeth Church
Laura Mello & Wolfgang Musil »Analog thoughts transformed by digital dreams« for voice und live electronics, UA
David Tudor »Pulsers« (1976) with Michael Johnsen, Phil Edelstein
8.7. – 20:30, St. Elisabeth Church
»Monobirds Orchestra (after and with David Tudor’s Monobird)«
with Jacob Kirkegaard, Julie Martin, You Nakai, Phil Edelstein

9.7. – 19:00, St. Elisabeth Church
hans w. koch »i smile when the sound is singing through the space« for 12 loudspeakers and moving microphone, UA
Michael Johnsen »untitled, 2022« for live electronics, UA
David Tudor »Microphone« (1970) with John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein

Ticket: 12€/8€
Combi Ticket (2 concerts 19:00 and 20:30): 18€/12€
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The four concert evenings of "unexpected territories" in the Villa Elisabeth and in the St. Elisabeth Church will focus on two groups of works. On the one hand, compositions by Tudor himself in a realization with the original instruments or with instruments reconstructed on the basis of Tudor's technical sketches. On the other hand, commissioned compositions by contemporary composers, who deal with Tudor's world of ideas in their performances and concerts.

For the historical part, "unexpected territories" works closely with the composer’s group "Composers Inside Electronics", which was initiated by Tudor as early as 1973. With Phil Edelstein and John Driscoll, "unexpected territories" presents two composers who are among the founding members of the group and who continue to perform Tudor's works worldwide. Composer and electronic musician Michael Johnsen, who is featured in a number of concerts, is considered an expert on David Tudor's archival instruments, components and devices. Johnsen has reconstructed some of the devices used in "unexpected territories."

Two of Tudor's works, "Pepscillator" (1970) realized by John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein and "Microphone" (1970), with realizations by Phil Edelstein, John Driscoll, Matt Rogalsky will be performed. Both were part of the program launched in March 1970 in the Pepsi Pavilion at the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan - a futuristic-looking building and multimedia work with mirror and light and fog installations and a 37-channel audio system inside. The "Pepsi Modulator“ (designed by Gordon Mumma) used for the piece "Pepscillator" and “Microphone” was a sound modulator with enormous potential for sound generation, manipulation and processing. The pieces "Untitled" (1972/1994) realized by Michael Johnsen with a projection by Sophia Ogielska, and "Pulsers" (1976) realized by Michael Johnsen and Phil Edelstein, work with no-input systems, i.e. self-build components in which the oscillations of electrical circuits can be used to generate and modify sounds without external input. "Pulsers" primarily explores rhythmic potentials in this regard. Finally, with Tudor's late piece "Hedgehog" (1985) realized by Michael Johnsen, we build a bridge to Tudor's early live performances "Bandoneon!" (1966) and "Rainforest" (1968), in which Tudor experimented with sound transformations using transducers on various objects without the use of electronic filters. Directly linked to Tudor's "Bandoneon!" - and specifically the sculptural speakers mounted on remote-controlled carts that were responsible for the "moving sounds" of the piece - is also linked to one of the first commissioned works of the project: Jan St. Werner ("Mouse on Mars") & Michael Akstaller present "Robodynamic Diffusion – RDD," a mobile loudspeaker robot that sonically activates the space through its movement and explores its acoustic peculiarities.

Several of the commissioned works deal with the theme of sound and video or light control through sound. Phil Edelstein intertwines video and sound in his composition "Subject to Change," a tribute to Tudor's vision of sound-based video control. And Stockholm-born Mats Lindström creates an immersive sound-light environment in his performance "One (for David Tudor)" for neon lights and live electronics. In "i smile when the sound is singing through the space", the Cologne composer and sound artist/performer hans w. koch is interested in the use of phase shifts in combination with feedbacks in a real space. A permanently installed circle of loudspeakers with a moving microphone in its center creates constantly changing sound results, depending on the concrete constellation of the components in relation to each other. Finally, the theme of the voice, which plays an increasingly important role in Tudor's late works, is at the center of "Analog thoughts transformed by digital dreams" for voice and live electronics by performer Laura Mello and composer Wolfgang Musil. Wearing a loudspeaker costume and equipped with a sensor band to measure brain waves, Laura Mello, as a "cyborg woman," enters into a vocal dialogue with live electronics.

Villa Elisabeth, St. Elisabeth Church, Invalidenstraße 3, 10115 Berlin