samedi 15 mars 2014

Vladimir Tošić - MEDIAL 1


Vladimir Tošić
Vladimir Tošić (b. Belgrade, 1949), composer, multimedia artist, professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade lecturing in counterpoint, harmony and musical forms. He graduated in composition from the same faculty in the class of Vasilije Mokranjac.
 Artistic work: Vladimir Tošić appeared as author at concerts throughout his country - Yugoslavia (Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana) as well as abroad (France, Hungary, Italy, USA). Of all significant concert appearances the following can be singled out: a number of recitals in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zagreb, 1978-1994; three appearances at the Zagreb Musical Biennial (1983-1987), as well as abroad at the Festival of Experimental Music in Bourges (France 1982), New Music and Art Festival in Bowling Green (Ohio, USA 1987, 2000), International Glass Music Festival in Philadelphia (USA, 2000), Musica Nova festival in Sao Paulo (Brasil, 2000, 2001), New Music Miami ISCMFestival (Miami, 2002), Spaziomusica Festival, Sardegna (Italy 2003), International Festival of Contemporary Music, Lima (Peru, 2004), Deutsches minimal music festival, Kassel, (2005), New Music Festival, Duluth (USA, 2006), International New Music Festival, Las Vegas (USA, 2006), First Music and Minimalism Conference, University of Wales Bangor (Wales, UK, 2007), Festival of New Music, Belgrade (Serbia, 2008), Interkulturelles festival, Hamburg (Germany, 2009), New Music Festival, Duluth (USA, 2011), Gitar Art Festival, Belgrade (Serbia, 2012), Kaleidoscope Music Festival, Dublin (Ireland, 2012)…
Vladimir Tosic was awarded first prize at the composition competition Thomas Bloch (Paris, 2000) and third prize at the children’s guitar composition contest (Lebach, Germany 2011).
In addition to composing, Vladimir Tošić started very early to perform both his own compositions and works by other modern composers. In this respect, he was co-founder and member of the group of authors and performers called OPUS 4 and the Ensemble for Different New Music.
Stylistic orientation: The basic approach applied in his artistic endeavour is the reductionist principle in composing. All his pieces are based on a markedly small number of elements, sometimes even on a single one (timbre, rhythm, harmony, etc).
Processual organization is one of the essential and remarkable characteristics of the creative work of Vladimir Tošić. Hence his compositions are created trough a gradual development of the initial core while applying a chosen procedure, with no abrupt changes or clashes of different musical materials. More often than not, the sound material is based on the tones of harmonic series - since it is both neutral and comprehensive prototype of sound. The compositions mostly consist of a symmetrical arc form with simultaneous rise and fall of the parameters. Therefore, almost every composition by Vladimir Tošić may be said to have certain significant and noticeable common characteristics: processual organization, repetition, insistence on timbre and symmetrical arc form.
Multimedia: Although Vladimir Tošić's work is predominantly that of a composer, his interests extend far beyond the pure musical concentration. He has expanded to a great extent on the musical medium by audio-visual synaesthesia in the broadest sense of the word. Thus, he has created a number of multimedia works of art: visual arts (musical graphics and objects), environment (Gallery sound), stage (Fusion for eight walkers), conceptual art (Aha), video projections, photographs, slides (Non/Possibility). In this respect, Vladimir Tošić started giving recitals of his works simultaneously with exhibitions of corresponding  musical graphics (Gallery and Hall of the Student Cultural Centre, 18 April l978), which was followed by numerous collective and individual exhibitions.
Theoretical work: In addition to composing reductionist music, Vladimir Tošić elaborated and vindicated this general and aesthetic reductionist procedure in his theoretical work Reduction Principles in the Constitution of a Musical Piece (published in the journal Sound 3-4, 1986). He is also interested in the problem of musical symmetry, so he participated at the Third Interdisciplinary Symmetry Congress and Exhibition in Washington in 1995, where he gave his paper Symmetry in Music as Personal Expression.
In 2001, Student Cultural Centre published the book OPUS 4 - Documents by Vladimir Tošić about the group composer/performer.
At the First Music and Minimalism Conference in Bangor (UK, 2007), he presented his paper Process in Minimal Music.


(by the composer himself)

The composition MEDIAL 1 for piano is a composition created on freely treated median links, which is where the title comes from, and it is formed on very free variations of the original material.
 The pace of life today and constant tensions around us seem to have greatly exhausted our patience, and one can easily perceive a general tendency towards shorter compositions - sometimes only a minute long! Since not even I have enough patience to listen to compositions that are too long, at this moment I, as an author, have turned to shorter formats. As a result, I have created a series of short compositions (lasting 2-3 minutes) with a common name, MEDIAL. These short compositions, for various soloists and small ensembles, have been created in the past two years. They can be performed individually, but also combined in small cycles.

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