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Tomaž Grom – double bass, electronics

"During a performance lasting 45 minutes, Grom's double bass added more and more sound elements, which he manipulated with authority and fused them into sound formations with scores that not only suited the concept of prepared and extended double bass, but supported it even more admirably. The double bass is an infinite playground for Grom, where he finds new sounds again and again; a piezoelectric transducer placed on the body of the double bass, allows him to amplify even the quietest.

Thus, in the first few compositions, we witnessed an electronically unmodified double bass, while the classic plucking of strings and bow work was accompanied by an extensive galaxy of intriguing techniques, from rhythmic banging on the body of the double bass with his hands and bow, plucking strings under the bridge and expressive scraping with the bow to rubbing strings whose sounds alluded to domestic work. [...] Grom's intriguing and intelligent modulations, achieved by mixing sound sources with authoritative knowledge and control of the double bass itself, made sure that 45 minutes passed too quickly." (Seliškar 2017)

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Tomaž Grom: Solo Kiss & iMstrument, Errant Sound, Berlin

Errant Sound, Berlin, 25.5.2022

Interactive presentation and solo with double bass and electronics – an evening of exchange with Tomaž Grom and Špela Trošt, artists from the network Zavod Sploh, Ljubljana

iMstrument is a collection of sound and video recordings of musicians who are developing their own individual musical language and an audiovisual experimental instrument. Selecting the source, turning on and off, defining volume and randomness are parameters that allow the user to play music. An ever-unrepeatable composition is constantly formed in front of eyes and ears.

iMstrument is a continuously evolving creation, combining original and live music. It is taking place at the intersection of technologically processed contemporary sonority and the elementarity of clean sounds in connection with digitized recording. It is a meeting place of the absent technologically reproduced performers and the immediate presence of the user.

The Errant Sound group is happy to start with this evening an exchange with Tomaž Grom and Špela Trošt, artists from Ljubljana, who are part of the vibrant network Zavod Sploh, an associaton devoted to the production of music and performing arts as well as to education and publishing in the field.

After the participative presentation of iMstrument Tomaž Grom will perform his piece Solo Kiss for double bass, preparations, electronics, and video

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