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BROKEN COMPOSERS is visiting Soundville

Hello, friends! Welcome to our cozy haven, SoundVille, where a sea of inspiration meets the beaches of innovation, and sipping a cool cocktail, we gossip with legends. Today, we’ll chat with the folks from Broken Composers, who recently dropped by with their latest creation. Their world of multimedia installations, where architecture, light, and sound intertwine, truly transforms the viewer from a passive observer into an active participant.

In this interview, we’ll discover what has been the most meticulous aspect of their projects, what technological innovations they wish to employ in the future, and even the role of their "Solid Revolver" in the ecosystem they've created. We’ll be immersed in stories of inspiring dreams that come alive in their works, and sense the scents that embody the essence of their projects.

Which element of your installation was the most labor-intensive or challenging to implement, and what did you learn from it?

The most challenging part is definitely the architecture and construction. In essence, we built a small building. We envy media artists a bit, as they can get by with just lighting fixtures and screens, but such constraints have always felt too limiting for us. Our approach is a total installation, an experience where you find yourself at the center of something. When music, light, and form surround you from all sides, you cease to be a passive observer and become a participant. This brings a completely different level of emotion, and it's the reason we're willing to face any challenges.

What technical innovations or materials would you like to use in future projects, and why those specifically?

We’re looking to incorporate smart glass and shape-memory alloys in our future projects. Smart glass allows us to dynamically control transparency and light, creating adaptable spaces. Shape-memory alloys can transform structures in response to temperature changes, adding a kinetic element to our installations. 

If Solid Revolver were a living creature in the ecosystem you created, what role would it play in its habitat? Predator, caretaker, or something else entirely?

Tasmanian Devil, in the cartoon he turns into a tornado, squirms and does nonsense - enjoys life as I see it. Awesome mission!

Can you describe a dream or a vision that inspired a scene or a sound in "Solid Revolver"? How did this ethereal experience translate into your multimedia work?

Kirill: I rarely dream, and I just realized that I haven't felt weightlessness in a dream for a long time, although it used to happen regularly. This realization has made me feel a bit sad.

If you had to create a scent that encapsulates the essence of "Solid Revolver," what ingredients would it include and what memories or emotions would it evoke?

If we were to create a scent that encapsulates the essence of "Solid Revolver," it would include the distinct notes of steel, mixed with the sharpness of welding fumes and the raw intensity of gasoline. To complete the experience, we’d add the scent of fresh, wet concrete, capturing that moment just before it sets. 

4. How do you choose locations for displaying your installations, and what makes an ideal venue for "Solid Revolver"?

We're working backwards.  Our objects are designed specifically for a particular location, we take the context and turn an existing building, a hall or a clearing in the forest into a part of our work. For example, our previous project was a reimagining of a BMX freestyle park, we transformed it into a laser meadow where glitchy birds and grasshoppers chirped along with a piano that was constantly assembling and disassembling phrases. Solid Revolver was embedded in a parking lot between some rather dull old brick buildings, and he didn't try to play with them in any way, but just plastered them all with red and white strobe lights and triangular spikes.

What book or film would you recommend to your audience to better understand the philosophy behind your work?

“KGBT+” by Viktor Pelevin and “The Doomed City” by Strugatsky brothers.

What is the most unexpected reaction you’ve ever received from an audience member experiencing "Solid Revolver," and how did it affect your perspective on your work?

Kirill: I was hugged and kissed on the cheek by the festival organizer for whom we were doing the installation. And I don't kiss guys at all and I don't think, I appreciated this gesture and I think it can't be conveyed in words. 

If "Solid Revolver" could only be displayed in natural landscapes, which landscape would best fit its theme and why?

Desert. Smooth dunes and sharp corners. Beautiful contrast!


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