Israeli-born, Montreal-based sound artist, performer and composer Adam Basanta returns to 901 Editions after his contribution to the 'Quark: How Does The Invisible Sound?' project in 2016, with a delicate and sublime album summarising his feedback works between 2014–2016. The booklet features a series of artist's reflections and observations as a result of contemplating listening, transitioning from composer to sound installation artist.
“The following are recordings of sound installations created solely using live feedback techniques, varying choreographies between microphones, speakers, kinetic system, physical spaces, and custom software. These works exist - take up space - in a room; they were not intended to be listened to as music. I am not sure if placing them in an album makes them “music” necessarily. But in the displacement between one medium to another, I listen to these works differently. They now exist in a nether-realm, where the glacial pace and seemingly self-contained, almost ecological sense of indifference to the presence of audience found in the installation space is infused with the dedicated, reverential listening practice of music. Even as the works stretch the durational boundaries of listening, there are at times vague suggestions of musical breath.” — Adam Basanta, 30 August 2019
Adam Basanta (b. 1985) is an artist, composer, and performer of experimental music. Born in Tel-Aviv (ISR) and raised in Vancouver (CAN), he currently lives and works in Montreal (CAN).
His installations, sculptures, and print works have been been exhibited worldwide, including at Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), Arsenal Contemporain (CAN), Galerie Charlot (FRA), National Art Centre Tokyo (JPN), V Moscow Biennale for Young Art (RUS), Edith-Russ-Haus (GER), and The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (USA). His work has been awarded several international prizes, including the Japan Media Arts Prize (2016) and the Aesthetica Art Prize (2017). In 2018 he was longlistes for the Sobey Art Award (CAN), and in 2019 he was the winner of the Prix Pierre Ayot (QC). He is currently represented by Ellephant Gallery (Montreal, CAN).
His experimental concert music has been presented worldwide, including appearances in the MATA Festival (NYC), Gaudeamus Musicweek (NL), CTM Festival (GER), Akousma Festival (CAN), and Mutek Festival (CAN), and have been awarded multiple national and international prizes. His music has been released on Kohlenstoff Records (CAN), 901 Editions (ITA), Important Records/Cassauna (USA), and Kasuga Records (GER).