The third issue is dedicated to sound: as art; as vibrations in space; and as a constituent component of our experience of the world around us. Guest edited by Damian Lentini, the edition probes sound’s ability to shape and generate effects. Soundscapes as a Journal invites leading artists, writers and scholars to investigate sound’s ability to shift back and forth across times and spaces; incorporating traditional and contemporary positions, digital and analogue technologies, as well as that which emanates from both organic and inanimate bodies.
The issue Soundscapes as a Journal comprises an article by musicologist Jūratė Katinaitė about the Lithuanian music magician Bronius Kutavičius; a text by Yates Norton, curator at the Roberts Institute of Art in London, about the duo Eye Gymnastics (Viktorija Damerell and Gailė Griciūtė); an essay by the sound artist Daina Pupkevičiūtė (Daina Dieva); an article by Sandra Kazlauskaitė in which she talks about the sound of the post-Soviet sexual soundcape, as well as a piece by Domininkas Kunčinas outlining the contours of paranormal Lithuanian music.
Also included in the issue is an exclusive conversation between Lentini and the composer Arturas Bumšteinas revealing the creative trajectories of the artist. The discussion between Radvilė Buivydienė, head of the Music Information Centre, and Guy Dubious, head of Tel Aviv’s Felicja Blumental Music Center and Library, will offer readers a peek into the programme Temporary Soundtracks dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Jonas Mekas in Israel.
Naples-based artist Simona Žemaitytė presents the portrait of Saulius Čemolonskas (Sal), a DJ, experimental music creator and vinyl collector who fled Lithuania during the Soviet era and settled in London, examining not only Sal’s biography, but also the social and cultural contexts that shaped it.
In the Soundscapes as a Journal issue, readers will also find two visual essays, presented by the Lithuanian-British interdisciplinary art creator Antonas Lukoszevieze and photographer Andrejus Vasilenko, author of the project This is Vilnius.
Especially for this issue, the duo Eye Gymnastics prepared a playlist which includes sound pieces by Karolina Kapustaitė, Ambulance on Fire, Antanas Dombrovskis, Nina Guo and Augustė Vickūnaitė, Simonas Nekrošius, Holly Childs and Gediminas Žygus, Arma Agharta, Adomas Palekas, Greta Galiauskaitė and Vitalija Glovackytė. These pieces are also available on the Soundcloud account of the Lithuanian Culture Institute.
The design of the issue was created by Ugnė Balčiūnaitė.
Year of publication:
Darius Sužiedelis (p. 14–25, 98–107)
English language editor Gemma Lloyd
Where to read?
Martyno Mažvydo National Library of Lithuania
Kaunas Country Public Library
The Wroblewski Library of The Lithuanian Academy of Sciences
Vilnius University Library
CAC Reading room
Editor: Kotryna Lingienė
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