10 episodes

The continuing intensity of environmental, social, political and economic crises re-interrogate our ways of sharing and of being together. In the current health context and when it’s particularly important to bring out new stories and possible futures, Maintenant festival is launching a new online format of listening. ensemble is a one-hour podcast series that allow artists to propose something else about what they are experiencing.

With ensemble, artists takes a look at the state of the world and bears witness to the changes in our contemporary society.

Produced by Maintenant Festival, FR

ENSEMBLE PODCAST ensemble, a new podcast series of original sound creations.

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The continuing intensity of environmental, social, political and economic crises re-interrogate our ways of sharing and of being together. In the current health context and when it’s particularly important to bring out new stories and possible futures, Maintenant festival is launching a new online format of listening. ensemble is a one-hour podcast series that allow artists to propose something else about what they are experiencing.

With ensemble, artists takes a look at the state of the world and bears witness to the changes in our contemporary society.

Produced by Maintenant Festival, FR

    ENSEMBLE 010 - Marina Herlop : Cuando c**o se dice ole

    ENSEMBLE 010 - Marina Herlop : Cuando c**o se dice ole

    The nature of our current time, amplified by social media and pop culture, has generated a concept of the artist as a winner or idol. In order to legitimize themselves, musicians are exhorted to follow ‘celebrity canons’: having a flashy image or making flashy music, being charismatic, being successful. The creative process is often seen as esoteric and associated with cryptic and vague concepts such as ‘inspiration’, ’talent’, ‘expression’ or ‘freedom’, so it seems music is created magically, in a spontaneous way.

    As a reaction to this phenomenon, the interview excerpts in this podcast come to remind us that the music profession still consists for a lot of us on a profound devotion. The stress is not on the subject but on the sonic object they generate through constant dedication, a nerd and perseverant investigation, many times in loneliness, where frustration, failure and alienation take place. The compositor or interpreter is not anything but a mere channel of expression of something much bigger than their own persona.

    Parallelly, the tracks chosen for this podcast also resonate with this idea. This music arouses admiration and interest precisely because it doesn’t look like a desperate claim for attention but a beautiful consequence of this commitment with something pure that comes from a superior order. The popularity or circumstance in which the artist lives is something absurd in comparison to what is laying in the realm they can enter when they make music.

    • 59 min
    ENSEMBLE 009 - Sofie Birch : Cycle of Metamorphosis

    ENSEMBLE 009 - Sofie Birch : Cycle of Metamorphosis

    “It feels like certain patterns of movement exist both on big societal scales and in the smallest everyday life. Something might break or crystalize, something might force you to adapt or inspire you to change shape, morph into something new.

    I have always been interested in transformation. Sometimes I got caught in the thought that I had to change myself for the better. But I found that it is not about changing, but about existing in a constantly changing flow of polarities, ups and downs.

    With this sound piece I have worked with eight different steps of a cyclic pathway that can go on forever in a loop. There is no right or wrong place to begin or end the loop. Every step of the path will come eventually and lead to the next step. Flow. Friction. Shatter. Zoom. Ray. Morph. Entity. Space… Flow.

    The cycle of metamorphosis moves between elements of struggle, puzzles, alteration, and revelation. As an alternative to the theories of new beginnings on clean slates, ground zeros or linearly progresses, this cycle plays with the repetition of time. New worlds are built from old ones, new life springs from former life. We are all part of cycles: ecological, historical and spiritual. We can learn how to be present and patient knowing that everything moves and changes again.”

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    • 59 min
    ENSEMBLE 008 - Jiska Huizing & Rudi Valdersnes : Voicing a Landscape

    ENSEMBLE 008 - Jiska Huizing & Rudi Valdersnes : Voicing a Landscape

    "Outside environments suddenly came more into focus because of Covid-19, which forced us to shift our attention to our close surroundings and even as close to us as our bodies. Because of this, there has been a renewal of appreciation for the outside environments that are available to us and hopefully, this appreciation and caring attention will be remembered while the world opens up and afterwards, and extended to more and more places. The podcast focuses on a selection of tracks that show different ways of paying careful attention to a surrounding or place. For example, through the amount of time spend in a certain place to record or create it, or through the way the piece gives a voice to a place or landscape, shows hidden sights and lets it take up space. All the tracks are made in Norway and together they offer a kaleidoscopic view of different landscapes and places in this country, and the caring presence humans can have in our surroundings."



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    • 59 min
    ENSEMBLE 007 - Morita Vargas : Trovadora

    ENSEMBLE 007 - Morita Vargas : Trovadora

    "The music of silence, nap time, what appears when there is no sound, the active listening of nature. The step between being awake and attentive when entering a deep sleep. Everything begins on earth, at the time when night begins to fall, we are alone and our only connection is the toads, the song of the toads immerse us in a dream, they are mantras that detach us from reality to undertake an adventure within ourselves. The landscapes of that dream, the islands of the states, on each island an emotion and a ship loaded with sounds sailing from one island to another. The rough water, the calm water, the moonlight reflected in the waves / waves, the lonely night, and above the stars watching everything. The interruption of reality by cutting off the dream at times, sounds that distract the dream or are integrated into the story. The sunrise, the heat on the body and direct light on the face, a warm bath on the wet body. The arrival to the coast, a journey to know the margins and edges of oneself, the limits and surfaces of our interior, our own seas and our own coasts."



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    • 59 min
    ENSEMBLE 006 - Simo Cell : Rave Lucide

    ENSEMBLE 006 - Simo Cell : Rave Lucide

    "I dream a lot. Or rather, I remember a lot of my dreams, since we all dream. It is there, in me, very strong and very present since my early childhood. Nested, lucid or premonitory dreams, they are a mode of perception in their own right. Unfortunately, they are often seen as pure fabrication of the mind or a mirage. However, to dream is to set a course, to forge a vision.

    The dream is a power, a meaning that we can work on and develop. Beyond my personal experiences, I question the role and function of dreams in our world. Utopias and fictions are essential tools that guide the collective. Which trajectory is desirable enough for me to dream about ? Do we still dream of the future ? Individually, collectively?

    My voice is accompanied by a selection of songs with evocative names, reminiscent of the dream."

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    • 1 hr
    ENSEMBLE 005 - KMRU : Resonant Links

    ENSEMBLE 005 - KMRU : Resonant Links

    "Within the complex sound spectre of our environments and surroundings, sounds are always immersive, proximal, and constantly pushing through our bodies. There is a temporal flux with the sounds of our habitus and daily lives which most often goes unnoticed and ignored. My practice with field recording and engagement with the environment, heightened my awareness of my surroundings and sounds that inhibit this place- learning from them and using the environment as an instrument.

    There is an underworld in which these audio environments aren’t accessible to us and is rich with sounds. ‘Resonant Links’ investigates this aural-dual infrastructure of the urban and sea life accentuating auditory perspectives and dimensions of these two worlds posing critical questions on our sonic habitus and ecologies."

    KMRU is a SHAPE artist 2021. SHAPE is a platform co-financed by Europe Creative program of European Union.

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    • 57 min