Classica Transforma

classical recordings
sound manipulation
Tonči Bakotin

in progress (2021)

Sensoria invites all the students of the Josip Hatze music school of primary and secondary school age to apply for the use of free recording sessions of their instrument as part of the pilot program “Classica Transforma”. Compositions, ie. authors, can be freely chosen by the participants, provided that they are part of their curriculum. Younger students can come to the studio accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participation in the project, in addition to the possibility of just recording, also brings experience

of the production process in the recording studio. The recording can also be used by young artists as an when applying for various festivals and competitions.
Music production program called “Classica Transforma” interrogates the dialogue of traditional classical music, technology, creative production and expressionist reinterpretation in the form of contemporary music. Studio Sensoria will sequence the parts, samples of original recordings and open questions of harmonic, rhythmic, dynamic and emotional compatibility of authors from various historical periods of music composition.

Original pieces presented as recorded solo performances of various classical instruments, will serve as the basis for the production of new compositions. The procedure will partly rely on the notion of ‘reduced listening which Michael Chion defines as a focus on the qualitative properties of pitch and its timbre, regardless of its source, as well as the practices advocated by Brian Eno.

In the future, Sensoria will strive to provide equal opportunities to students of all dislocated departments of the Josip Hatze music school (Postira, Supetar, Bol, Hvar, Jelsa, Stari Grad, Vis, Kaštela and Trogir), as well as to conduct field recordings, which will depend on program acceptance and the situation caused by the Coronavirus epidemic. By connecting traditional classical and contemporary music, we want to encourage the academic community to perform and promote living composers.

The work of the Sensoria association is supported by the Josip Hatze Music School, Kultura Nova Foundation and the City of Split.

Exploring the reinterpretation of compositions created by acoustic performance on various classical instruments and composing completely new works draws questions of emotional and dynamic compatibility of the original samples and the sensibility of the composer/producer.

The process requires quite a bit of time and patience. Performers (students) would record either at the studio Sensoria or at the location.

As many different instruments as possible will be represented. The recorded works will be treated as stems from which certain interesting sections will be isolated.

The basic tools are sequencers, samplers and digital/analogue processing. By rearranging and compiling sequences, Sensoria will explore new structures that would transform certain instruments into textures, into connective tissue, while others would be given the role of bearers of dynamics.
All interested participants will be given opportunity to have insight into the production processes with the accompanied explanations and education.

The potential results of the produced music will bring the performers (and other interested into process) closer to connecting traditional classical and contemporary music.