Different Selves is a core addition to the stack of last semester’s highlights, thus, as my...
The latest album of Bionulor - Stary Pisarz - is the empty space that permits literature and music to sediment themselves in order to form a new and rewarding conglomerate.
The sculptural sound piece was initially performed during a literary festival and was promoted as a tribute to the ever influential and ever troubled author William S. Burroughs.
One recurring pattern used by Bionulor is the melodic throwback to the heritage of Tangier, a popular literary retreat amongst the most prominent writers of that period. These particular oriental textures and motifs can be felt throughout songs such as The Old Writer, Agent Lee, Tangier, The Mayan Caper, 5 Dreams of H.I.S. and Memories of Tangier. The remaining piece from the album, purposely called The Western Lands, features a distinct and tense noisy electronica sound, referencing to the western lands from which Burroughs originates.
William S. Burroughs invented the 'cut-up' technique shortly after the publication of Naked Lunch. Developed in collaboration with artist Brion Gysin, the method involved taking the work of other writers and literally cutting it up to produce new meanings and literary forms. I can sense here a parallel and tribute to the cut-up, provided by Bionulor’s artistic practice.
Bionulor manipulates and processes only one sample and allows it to seize multiple incarnations, without the aid of auxiliary instruments. This way of approaching sound-making is called 100% sound recycling. Stary Pisarz was initially thought out as a multimedia experience, complemented by film impressions, but these samples and glimpses into the show are enriching and undoubtedly constitute an entity.
Bionulor is a one-man music project founded in 2006 by the Polish actor and educationist Sebastian Banaszczyk, who has released three albums so far: the debut one “Bionulor” focused on the sounds of early music instruments, especially from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, “Sacred Mushroom Chant” was made on the basis of human voice (i.a. by Marcel Duchamp and Neil Armstrong), and “Erik” wholly dedicated to Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédies” composition.
Tracklist:1. THE OLD WRITER
2. AGENT LEE
4. THE MAYAN CAPER
5. 5 DREAMS OF H.I.S.
6. THE WESTERN LANDS
7. MEMORIES OF TANGIER