24 September 2018

Performed with:
Žiga Murko, Katarina Kozjek, Anastazija Krenn


Cankarjev dom, Kosovel Hall

Negative Chambers is a collaborative project between Mats Erlandsson and Yair Elazar Glotman that draws on their respective musical backgrounds to create "an imaginary, dislocated “folk” music for the current dark ages".

The project brings together acoustic instruments like steel-guitar, zither, harmonium, guembri, transistor radio and Tibetan singing bowls out of their historical or national contexts and focuses on local sounds that have lost any connection to locality, transforming them through current production techniques. Instruments were recorded by Erlandsson and Glotman separately in Stockholm and Berlin, respectively, and then sent to each-other to construct a record which gives the impression of a live acoustic performance.

Although the used instruments are commonly from the traditional music of various cultures and the goal was to evoke the "folklore", you shouldn't expect to hear an attempt at recreation of these traditional musics, but rather a wholly contemporary portrayal of ever-critical point in time in which many forces are trying to rewind the clock back on society to the idealized past. The anxious drones and sombre melodies of Negative Chambers speak not only that such thing is impossible, but also wrong.

Following the release of 2017's Negative Chambers on Miasmah recordings, the pair reconvened in 2018 to compose a long-form work based around electronically treated zithers and harmoniums in combination with extensive tape manipulation. For their performance at SONICA they will be joined by the Slovenian instrumentalists Anastazija Krenn, Žiga Murko and Katarina Kozjek for a week-long residency in Ljubljana prior to the festival where they will develop a unique version of the piece.