Music for a performance by Kolja Huneck
cd/dl/stream, August 2021
This album presents the score for a light and juggling performance by German circus artist Kolja Huneck. Inspired by the repetitive motions of Kolja's performance and the round discs used in it, the score is constructed using only loops; short repeated fragments that are layered in a slowly morphing sound tapestry. The sound world that’s created is as playful as it is enchanting.
The performance itself is contemplative walk through a world of shadows and colours. In this mix of contemporary circus and installation art, a synaesthetic environment is created by using light and colored translucent discs. The title CM_30 refers to the props used in the performance, each 30 cm in diameter.
More info: https://kolja.art/cm_30
Using ambient/electronic music and soundscapes as music for film, theatre, games, performances of in exhibitions is far from unusual. But I guess Rutger ‘Machinefabriek‘ Zuydervelt is the first composer to create a score for a “light and juggling performance”.
The music on CM_30 is created for the performance of German circus artist Kolja Huneck. With its 50 minutes, CM_30 is not a circus act but a standalone performance: a mix of “contemporary circus and installation art, [in which] a synaesthetic environment is created by using light and colored translucent discs.” The name refers to these discs, which are 30 cm in diameter.
CM_30 promises to be “a contemplative walk through a world of shadows and colours”. Machinefabriek‘s soundtrack is just that: introspective and contemplative, while slowly building up tension throughout with the music getting more intense before finally receding into quiet again.
Listening to the music and looking at the pictures of the performance I can imagine that this must be an impressive experience. The performance schedule mentions future performances in Lithuania, Belgium, and the Netherlands later this year. Those that cannot attend one of these performances will have to do with the music, which is satisfying enough in itself.
But I strongly advise leaving the indoor juggling to Kolja Huneck!