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Freedom of research | Beyond the Glass Ceiling

11.06.2024 - 11:42 update 12.06.2024 - 14:23
Editors: OO



“Freedom of Research – Science for the Future” series consists of articles, interviews and short videos presenting research conducted by the winners of the “Freedom of Research” call for proposals

Agata Hołdyk, PhD

Beyond the Glass Ceiling | Innovations of Women Composers from Poland, Germany and Estonia in Contemporary Electroacoustic Music

| Agata Hołdyk, PhD |

I present to you the second edition of the project disseminating the work of women composers. I continue my research work based on selected countries of the Transform4Europe alliance – Poland, Germany and Estonia. This time, however, I invited one of the female composers – Daarien Jack, who is also a violinist – to join the project. Her acrylic-glass electric violin is an integral part of the project.

The glass ceiling is a metaphor for familiar, established soundtracks, classical instrument combinations in concerts. And the project is about a new perception of music through the juxtaposition of meditative piano music with an electroacoustic “hybrid” – an electric glass-acrylic violin and an acoustic piano. In addition, composer Daarien included an artificial intelligence component in some of the sound effects. In the project, selected works by composers Daarien Jack (Poland), Maria Vihmand Eskiis (Germany) and Lea Gabral (Estonia) were recorded.

The project was supported by funds awarded in the “Freedom of Research” competition within the Research Excellence Initiative of the University of Silesia.

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