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Curvices - Rozalie Hirs (music, poetry, voice) / Cox & Grusenmeyer (design, animation)

Programming by Yvan Vander Sanden
Spatial design by Machiel Spaan

Curvices (2013) is a digital application, a virtual poetry and sound installation for cell phones, that accompanies you on your walk through Klankenbos. By changing location you codetermine the development of the music and the poetry. Where are you? What do you hear? Is it indigenous birds that are singing in the forest or do you hear birds from Portugal through your cell phone? Is it a siren you hear or is it the wind? By exploring the terrain you probe sounds and words, you make a journey through the forest, around the world, in as many steps as you like.

The forest has been divided into ten zones, virtual spaces, each with their own composition and animation, that have been composed, designed, and programmed, respectively by Hirs, Cox & Grusenmeyer and Yvan Vander Sanden. The soundapp Curvices registers your location through the GPS on your cell phone or tablet. If you enter a new zone, the corresponding composition sounds and the animation becomes visible. If you are between zones, you hear a recognizable interlude full of birds and sparkling overtones.

The composition Curvices (2013) consists of ten parts and an interlude, which correspond to the ten zones and an interzone within the soundapp of the same name:

The composition Curvices (2013) has been composed by Rozalie Hirs on the basis of her bibliophile poetry collection Curvices and Musicles (Bleiswijk: Studio 3005, 2013).

Commissioned by Klankenbos / Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium. With financial support from a Composition Stipend 2012-2013 from Fonds Podiumkunsten. In collaboration with Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Patricio Wang (bass guitar), Martín Ibarburu (drums), Carlos Dalla-Fiore (mixing, mastering), Matthijs de Valk (technical assistance), and with special thanks to Magnus Robb for giving permission for the use of his bird song recordings.

Rozalie Hirs (°1965, The Netherlands) is a contemporary composer and poet. Her poetry and music are both lyric and experimental. Imagination and the adventure of the listening and reading experience are central to her work. Her music includes vocal, orchestral and electronic pieces. She creates both traditional poetry books and digital poetry: interactive poems for which she works with visual artists and graphic designers. For example, she worked with Cox & Grusenmeyer to make her zichtboek van gestamelde werken ('lookbook for stammered works') in which six characters based on six poems in the collection gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012) come to life on six social networks. On her CD Pulsars (Amsterdam: Attcca, 2010) Hirs explores multilingualism and the simultaneity of flows of meaning in three electro-acoustic pieces composed to her own texts.

Her music, much of which has been composed on commission with support from the Fonds Podiumkunsten, has been performed by ensembles including the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Asko|Schönberg, Bozzini Quartet, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Slagwerk Den Haag; she regularly performs her compositions for speaking voice and electronic sound herself, mainly on international stages. Her music scores are published by Donemus, her CDs by Attacca and her poetry books by Uitgeverij Querido.

Cox & Grusenmeyer (Ines Cox en Lauren Grusenmeyer) is a graphic design duo based in Antwerp. Their collaboration began during their studies at Sint Lucas Ghent and continued while Cox completed her master at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem and Grusenmeyer at The Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

In their practice they work on both commissioned work as self-initiated projects where they investigate the direction of image and language on different levels. By believing that design is more than printed matter, they engage sound, language, spacial installations, video, websites and costumes in their work as a means to subject the content to a total identity.

More info: www.klankatlas.eu

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