Na wokalnych wyżynach! Inspirowana tradycyjną muzyką Indonezji i tamtejszymi starożytnymi grotami (to drugie jest tu odwzorowane dzięki akustyce twierdzy w Modlinie) magiczna płyta 1/2 grupy WIDT.
Forged alone in a cave on the island of Java, and recorded in a fortress in Poland, Antonina Nowacka’s “Lamunan” is an intimate exploration of a mysterious darkness and the earliest of musical forms. Nowacka has co-created raw electronics and audiovisuals as half of WIDT and the enigmatic Mentos Gulgendo, but her solo practice focuses solely on the voice’s inherent connection to mental states, its ability to speak wordlessly, and the apparatus of speech itself – leading her to a six-month trip to study traditional music in Indonesia.
A day trip to visit a Javanese volcano turned into days of exploring, Nowacka eventually stumbling across a cave. “Rarely does anyone come there because Indonesians are afraid of the dark and the cave is poorly lit,” explains Nowacka. “I could sit there and sing for hours without feeling the passage of time.”
Hours spent in the dizzying darkness and echoes of Seplawan Cave produced a series of unaccompanied vocal motifs. Moans, chants, hums, and wordless cries met with the multi-million year-old facades of the stone walls. The freely flowing compositions seem forged from the same natural material as that stone, carved into shape by nothing but water, time, and... more
released September 11, 2020
Composed & performed by Antonina Nowacka at Modlin Fortress / Summer 2019
Recorded by Rafał Smoliński
Mastered by Fatima Qureshi at Mindsight Studio NY
Words by Tristan Bath
Photo by Marcelina Pieniążek
Artwork and layout by Paulina Ufnal & Janek Ufnal