Is searching for parallel universes, space exploration or universe theory, a matter reserved only for physicists, mathematicians and astronauts? Actually, such a reservation seems natural – after all, we live in a time of specialization. However, let's note, this was not always the case.
Let's take, for example, the seven liberal arts – a system of general and universal teaching that was shaped in antiquity, and later entered the canon of education in the Middle Ages. It assumed a trivium division, which was the required preparation for the quadrivium. Trivium included grammar, rhetoric and dialect. Quadrivium – music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy. The individual fields were closely related. The basis of arithmetic is numbers, geometry is numbers in a space, music is numbers in time, astronomy is finally numbers in both time and space. So music can add another brick into the temple of knowledge ...
Such a goal seems to inspire the latest project by Katarzyna Borek "Space in Between". A classically trained pianist with an experience lined with laurels in piano competitions, has for years been turning to the marriage of a classical piano (or Rhodes piano) and electronic sounds. The canvas for her electronic processing is the music of well-known artists such as Pärt, Cage, Rodrigo and de Falla, and her main purpose is to ask about the existence of another dimension of space: "Through music I discover the cosmos, and the cosmos presents music to me. The album »Space in Between« is my personal concept for which I have chosen my favorite compositions by world-famous composers, presenting them in a mantric and minimalist style. They are connected with an ambient spatial character. I have also built some of my own neoclassical arrangements for two instruments – Rhodes and piano. The album closes the ambient synthesizer impression on the hypothetical planet X ".
Such a rich musical tradition in electronic processing plus questions about space... with no reservations.
Mikołaj Rykowski PhD
Musicologist and clarinetist, doctorate, and associate at the Department Music Theory at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. Author of a book and numerous articles devoted to the phenomenon of Harmoniemusik – the 18th-century practice of brass bands. Co-author of the scripts "Speaking concerts" and author of the spoken introductions to philharmonic concerts in Szczecin, Poznań, Bydgoszcz and Łódź.