bad weather


Bad Weather” is a performative sound-art show focusing on Baroque theatre noise machines. The machines are presented in an expanded electro-acoustic setting employing means of the theatrical presentation. Together with a professional carpenter, Arturas Bumšteinas has re-created a set of wind, rain, seaand thunder imitation devices, identical to the ones that have been used several hundred years ago through-out the European theatres.

In “Bad Weather” the ensemble is using a set of meteorological maps as scores for playing the noise machines and also engaging in stage activities that refer to themes such as Intonarumori of pre-modernist era, forecasting weather of the so-called Little Ice Age, creating artificial tornadoes of sound and gusts of various dry grain, translating different atmospheric processes into the domain of live sound. Conceptual artist Ivan Cheng was invited to write and deliver his own special performative libretto for “Bad Weather”. Cheng’s intensive yet dream-like monologue introduces us to a liquid narrative of a horse named Shadow.

In Baroque opera noise-machines were only a small part of the larger theaterical mechanism of illusion, while in “Bad Weather” the whole conceptual climate is created by the same machines which now take the central stage. And what about the singing voice…? The aria is floating around in a de-centralized acousmatic space, looking for the body to pin to.

Arturas Bumšteinas started exploring theater noise machines in 2012 when he was commissioned to create a work for Deutschland Radio Kultur. His radiophonic composition „Epiloghi. Six Ways of Saying Zangtumbtumb“ was then awarded with EURORADIO „Palma Ars Acustica“ prize as a best radio-art creation of the year.

Team: Arturas Bumšteinas (sound and stage direction), Ivan Cheng (costume, libretto and performance), Greta Grinevičiūtė, Gailė Griciūtė, Aaron Kahn (performers), Antanas Dombrovskij (live sound processing), Julius Kuršys (light design), Ignas Juzokas (sound design), Ernestas Volodzka (carpenter), Rūta Junevičiūtė (outside eye), Ana Ablamonova (producer).

The project is produced by Operomanija/NOA and premiered by Cricoteca/Unsound in October, 2017.