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Marcin Pietruszewski - The New Pulsar Generator Manual

November 1, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The New Pulsar Generator Manual PDF

Remote Viewing is pleased to announce The New Pulsar Generator Manual, the first American solo show by Polish composer Marcin Pietruszewski.

The New Pulsar Generator Manual is a sound installation for 3.1 speaker system, synthetic voice and computer-generated sounds. The material point of departure for the work is the user manual of the New Pulsar Generator (nuPG) program, developed in the audio programming language SuperCollider 3. The nuPG program encapsulates and extends a sound model of a pulsar synthesis, a technique originally invented by Curtis Roads and popularised in his book 'Microsound (2001)'. As an audio technique, the origins of pulsar synthesis can be traced to historical analog techniques built around a principle of filtered pulses. The vocal-like, 'glottal' characteristics of its timbre can be linked with early experiments in speech synthesis at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne by Werner Meyer-Eppler, Herbert Eimert and Robert Beyer. The sound work of The New Pulsar Generator Manual attempts to mobilize these complex attributes of the pulsar as a synthetic object and present the computer program as a cultural artefact.

Integrating a novel hybrid sound synthesis design and a synthetic voice reciting the text of the manual, the work probes the experimental capacity of the gallery space as a site of exploration, manipulation and amplification of the relationships between the audible and utterable. The synthetic voice plays a double role; firstly, as the narrator, its role is to thematize processes of synthetic formulation and elucidate the sound model, its primitive objects and their conjunctures; secondly, as an integral sound generating device its role is to engage with its synthetic counterpart productively and to stage its own disarray. Throughout the course of the work, the sound of the voice gradually merges with the output of the new pulsar generator presenting a listener with an elemental synthetic site where the sensible, the intelligible, the artificial, and the natural are animated and combined.

The central place given to a computer program within the work positions itself against a view which sees technology as a mere tool - neutral and not worth meaningful engagement in thinking about a "true meaning of music". The work provokes us to look through and beyond this ostensive neutrality of technology by working with the specificities of a computer program at various levels of its articulations, exploring a rich seam of conjunctions within which computation meets with its ostensible outside - culture, aesthetics, history and epistemology.

Marcin Pietruszewski (born 1984) is a polish composer and researcher currently based in Edinburgh, UK. He works largely with synthetic sound exploring an emerging field of musical practice as a platform of knowledge exchange through integrative research on specific compositional developments of post-war modernity and electroacoustic music in conjunction with other non-musical disciplines.

Pietruszewski has performed solo at various venues around Europe including Berghain in Berlin, MUMUTH in Graz and Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow. He has collaborated with musicians and composers such as Marcus Schmickler (performed and recorded Schmickler's Demos for choir, chamber quintet and electronics), Florian Hecker, Jules Rawlinson and Lauren Sarah Hayes.

Recent projects include a new composition 'pulsarSIEVE' commissioned by Hertz-Lab at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe to be premiered later this year on 45.4 channel Klangkupolen system of The Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Pietruszewski studied Philosophy and Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Computer Music with Michael Edwards at Edinburgh College of Art, and is currently a PhD research candidate under the supervision of Florian Hecker at Edinburgh College of Art (Edinburgh University).

He is an active lecturer and tutor of creative coding practice and music technology at Reid School of Music, Edinburgh University.