Concert
Sonic Arts Lounge

Tarek Atoui “Metastable Circuit”

Sonic Arts Lounge

Tarek Atoui

Tarek Atoui

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Beirut-based musician, sound artist and programmer Tarek Atoui created an autonomous electroacoustic instrument called the “Metastable Circuit” especially for dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel: a networked ensemble of desks made of computers, hard and software, controllers, touchpads, conductors and wired interface and control boards that continuously generates new stories and collages from a seemingly inexhaustible source of concrete sound material.

Tarek Atoui has been collecting, recording and sampling thousands of sounds and noises for many years now. Whenever “Metastable Circuit” is played, the instrument changes its sounds and brings the artist into a situation where he simultaneously listens, learns and improvises, says the artist. It is less the immediate sound modulation but rather the mixing of sounds and the playing of diverse samples that is at the forefront. A gentle string sound meets electronic beats and classical drums encounter diffuse, dense whirring. Tarek Atoui’s performance is a fascinating, virtuoso and tactile musical game that stimulates our senses and, in doing so, indiscernibly undertakes great epic journeys through the history and aesthetics of listening. The seemingly irreconcilable embarks on this audial obstacle course in a perpetually flowing river that unites all.

Tarek Atoui
Metastable Circuit (2012)
Solo electronic improvisation
Work commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13)

Tarek Atoui, composition/performance/electronics