Live performance and installation

Through the ‘Subjectivization of Sound’ performance and installation series CYLAND MediaArtLab artists Sergey Komarov and Alexey Grachev present their work and experimentation with sound.

Subjectivization of Sound Photo Yury Goryanoy

There are two technologies of sound synthesis: digital and analog. If we are to forego serial solutions for any given synthesizer, we can find an infinite number of options for creation of sound forms, from simple oscillators to complex generative algorithms. The path of the authors is the ambition to achieve a sound minimalism and a continuity of creative process during the creation of musical compositions and forms where the choice comes down to the subjective tendency of each one to a certain sounding.


A workshop based on the performance is discusses two platforms for creation of sound compositions:

1 — Digital. Using the example of the 2008 patch composed in the environment of MAX/MSP (authors: S. Komarov and A. Grachev).

2 — Analog. By means of the Buchla modular synthesizer.

Previously in the ‘Subjectivization Of Sound’ series:

2015, Taiga Space, St. Petersburg — Inner Restrictions;

2016, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow — Cross Cut;

2016, SFUMATO, Tbilisi — Geolang;

2016, Pratt, New York — Dollar Oysters;

2016, Geek Picnic, Moscow, St. Petersburg — IN – OUT;

2016, UAL, London — Accordings to BBC;

2016, Tsiolkovsky Loft, Kaluga — Stitching control;

2016, GROUND, Moscow — Overlap;

2017, Experimental Intermedia, New York — Lafayette;

2018, Goldsmiths, London — Cube and Donut.

Alexey Grachev

Sound artist, engineer, computer programmer. Born in 1983 in Kaluga, USSR. Graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (Russia). Completed the program “School for Young Artists” at the Pro Arte Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia). Artist, technical director and chief engineer of CYLAND MediaArtLab. Participant of the World Event Young Artists Festival (Nottingham, Great Britain, 2012), Cyfest Festivals, special project Urbi et Orbi at the 6th Moscow Biennale (Russia, 2015), The Creative Machine 2 (Goldsmiths, Great Britain, 2018). Participant of The Arts Work of the Future (Tate Exchange, UK, 2018). Since 2015, together with Sergey Komarov, he has developed the sound project Subjectivization of Sound whose basis is the interaction with space and spectators. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sergey Komarov

Sound artist, curator, engineer, computer programmer. Born 1980 in USSR, currently lives in Yerevan, Armenia. Max/MSP programmer, Cyland Audio Archive curator. In 2007-2010 programmer for the Asymmetrique Answer contemporary dance interactive performance.