The second performer of SOUND UP No. 23 is Dima Anikin, composer and sound artist from St. Petersburg, with his resequence project. “Renumeration,” “readjustment” – the translations of this name may sound somewhat strange, but they describe the essence well: Anikin splinters the surrounding sound environment into atoms and then recompiles it, putting the sound pieces together in a new and exciting sequence. The sounds that he uses are as diverse as possible: from the hard, prickly electronica to the live strings, from samples and inventive found sounds to the African kalimba and the ancient Soviet chromatic pitchfork. The reality is not deconstructed, it is reconstructed anew: live, “on the air.”
And it seems quite logical that resequence music has been used as a soundtrack to many stage performances and art shows, because any stage performance and any exhibition is also an experience of “readjustment,” of reconstruction of the surrounding world. In 2010 and 2016, Anikin collaborated with the artist and writer Pavel Pepperstein: first in London, on the project From Murder with Love, then at Moscow’s Regina Gallery, on the Miracles in a Swamp exhibit. A year later, he presented and performed live the original music for the Steam movie short created by the Venice Film Festival’s prize-winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. And when Carsten Nicolai, also known as Alva Noto, the German classic of glitch electronics and resident of the important music label Raster Noton, recorded his Wall Paper project at Moscow’s Glinka Museum, he invited Dima Anikin as his partner on the legendary Soviet synthesizer ANS that was given this name at the late 1950s in honor of another master of transforming reality with music and sound, the Symbolist composer A.N. Skryabin.
At the SOUND UP concert, resequence presents the tracks from the album Sirens Wailing. Although inspired by the image of the mythological temptresses, this work is in no way an attempt to set the Greek myth to music. The musician is rather interested in the sirens as archetypes: he demonstrates the age-old human aspiration for the beautiful forbidden fruit and the unfailing result of such striving. The abstract electro acoustics of resequence seem to be the most fitting medium for communicating this problem in sound.
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