These concerts will be performed using instruments created by Tarek Atoui and his collaborators in the mid-2010s. They aim to transform music into an open process engaging everyone, saturate sound with tactile sensory experience, and delight in the disruption of the senses on the fringes of sound.
Composer and artist Tarek Atoui began working on the musical instruments WITHIN in 2013, while exploring low-frequency vibrations. They were developed in close cooperation with deaf and hard of hearing people, musical instrument manufacturers, sound engineers, and composers from around the world. The WITHIN instruments form the heart of the exhibition Infinite Ear.
Musical instrument inventor and musician Mats Lindstrom created the instrument titled The True Laptop Quartet. It is a set of four tactile elements based on found metal objects, among which is an old telephone coil. Each element works as a sound generator, which the performer can sense through vibration while holding the instrument on their lap. The sound can be modulated by pushing the pedal or repositioning the coil. The overall sound of the quartet is produced by microphones placed within the space, and the extracted sounds are organically supplemented with environmental noise. Thus, the performer's body also participates in sound production. As a result, the process of playing music is unpredictable and spontaneous. It develops as a horizontal interaction even in the presence of a conductor and composer.
Performers: Tarek Atoui, Mir Karim, Kaya Molsen, Mats Lindstrom, Robert Demeter