an audiovisual deep listening performance for live-electronics and generative visuals
Rebirthing B is the alternative version of Rebirthing, the latest work of the Italian sound artist Massimiliano Cerioni, a performance for instruments, live-electronics, and generative visuals premiered in June 2021 at SCOPE BLN, Berlin. This version uses a reduced setup consisting of electronic devices and a laptop with Max 8, which generate a visual projection shaped from a continuous sound loop.
Starting from the concept of "less is more" by the famous German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Cerioni bases the entire performance on the use of a continuous sound - called 'drone' - centered on one note.
A planned improvisation based on multiple repetitions of the same note played every time in a different way will affect the geometry of the visuals, slowly turning it into a sort of circle that keeps the memory of the past sonic events and keeps changing and evolving accordingly with every new sound. The symbol of the circle in the collective unconscious is used as an example of unity and integrity, a complete image without edges or sides, without any starting or ending point. 'Rebirthing’ refers to the circular breathing technique, originally used by the artist in the 1st version of the performance, to generate the drone with a didgeridoo; still, it's related to the process of raising our attention threshold through the listening of a cyclical and continuous sound, so as to perceive sound nuances that we have previously ignored, as much as we would live a new awareness in a cognitive sense.
Massimiliano Cerioni guides us on a deep listening journey during which we will be invited to take our time to relax and just contemplate, to appreciate the exterminated informative content of a single note and eventually use this occurrence as a meditation moment to potentially grasp what the chaos of everyday life forbids us to perceive.