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Long Thin Wire Saxophone Electronics
Ilia Belorukov | Kurt Liedwart
alto saxophone, electronics | long thin wire
(St. Petersburg | Moscow)

They started with simple means: microtones, preparations and sinewaves, gradually and drastically changing their playing manner. The only thing remained unchanged: they still thoughtfully structure the sound material on macro- and microlevels. They included the work with space, computer and electronics generated noises, in situ field recordings, psychoacoustics and sound perception in time as well as silence.

On the basis of these ideas they had an idea of realizing the project with a long thin wire, the concept of which was started by Alvin Lucier. They continue to work in the improvisational context, which Lucier quickly dropped doing, and try to develop interactive improvisational properties of the long thin wire. Kurt Liedwart plays a long thin wire stretched between two tables which he feeds with a sinewave through the amplifier. Natural vibrations of the wire are amplified by the magnet and contact microphones are installed on both ends of the wire which feed the sound to the PA. Thus using sinewaves of different amplitude and frequency the musician varies the natural sound of the wire. Ilia Belorukov moves in the space with his alto saxophone or moves in the space the sound of electronics and objects.

Ilia and Kurt organize Teni Zvuka Festival where they collaborated with Radu Malfatti, Keith Rowe and Norbert Möslang. 2013 became a very productive year for them. They released “Obwod” on Copy For Your Records and “Vtoroi” on Mikroton Recordings. The same year Ilia and Kurt invited Keith Rowe to collaborate with them and during his stay in Russia they played concerts and made studio recordings. In 2014 Intonema released their trio album “Tri” and Mikroton Recordings put out their quartet album “Contour” which features also Alfredo Costa Monteiro.

2015 Tour
15 April Der Blöde Dritte Mittwoch | Rhiz (Wien, Austria)
13 April Laboratorium Kultury Soko?owsko (Sokolowsko, Poland)
12 April Klub Firlej (Wroclaw, Poland)
11 April Centrum Amarant (Poznan, Poland)
10 April Kulturhauz (Torun, Poland)
9 April Dzialdov Gallery (Berlin, Germany)
8 April Stark Bewölkt | Hörbar (Hamburg, Germany)