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In Tension There is a Bliss

by Martyna Basta

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The composition consists of instruments like triangles or a tambour and manipulated fieldrecordings, which the artist found both in her archive as well as captured in the space around her at the time of working on the piece. In this way, it became an amalgamation of different kinds of times and spaces, a collection of what is simultaneously lost and preserved, an abstract inventory of missed calls, auditory hallucinations or past sounds of nature.

In Tension There Is A Bliss was composed for the Black Room project at the Kolonia Artystów in Gdańsk (Poland) where it was presented in a black space, with soundproofed walls, on a quadraphonic audial system adapted to give the viewer a sense of being in the sound.


released August 19, 2022

design: Joe Gilmore


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Martyna Basta Kraków, Poland

Kraków-based artist Martyna Basta’s conveys a diaristic hauntology through her music. Classically trained in guitar, the Polish composer escaped academia at the age of 18, replacing her native instrument with a synthesizer. She soon developed a unique way of composing, centered around the modulation of her voice, electronics, and field recordings. ... more


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