Composer & Sound Artist
Composer Dganit Elyakim on nuclear ducks, the gendered art of bargaining, and composing as a process of writing love songs.
Israeli composer and sound-artist Dganit Elyakim focuses on various aspects of the human and digital paradigm. Through MIDI protocols and algorithmically based behaviours of the computer-performer she confronts the human musician with a digital based reality. Often applying electronic processing to acoustic instruments, Elyakim blurs the boundaries between the human and the machine. By means of this, she manifests the tension that is created by confronting the two and turns the distinction into a dialogue through which a unity evolves. Although Elyakim has emerged as an avant-garde composer, her influences range from classical and jazz music to metal and punk. Over the past few years she has also been integrating the Net’s audio archives into her compositions, creating colourful sonic collages that appeal to our contemporary collective memory and reflect the media’s accumulating quantity of information that is published on a virtual space.
Dogma I Am God begins at 00:30. From the 2016 album Failing Better. 1st Aria from the operetta "Laws of Reflection." Featuring Ronald Boersen on viola.
Old Skool begins at 6:50. From the 2016 album Failing Better.
One on 1.1 begins at 10:19. From the 2016 album Failing Better. A guided improvisation for bass clarinet and electronics. Yoni Silver on bass clarinet and Dganit Elyakim on electronics.
I Can Walk begins at 15:00 and is excerpted again at the close of the episode at 26:21. Filmed/recorded live at Spectrum, NYC, April 2016. Featuring Teodora Stepancic on piano, Kevin Ray on double bass, and Dganit Elyakim on electronics and voice.
Stasimon - Agnus Dei begins at 21:57. From the 2016 album Failing Better.
Mentioned in this episode
Eskesta was a dance ensemble composed of Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia under artistic director Ruth Eshel. Today, the ensemble continues to perform under the name Beta, with artistic director Dege Feder.
Composer Arik Shapira
The transcript of Benjamin Netanyahu's speech referencing ducks
Video of Harry Truman's speech after dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
Laws of Reflection, Dganit's web operetta (containing the piece Dogma I Am God)
Download Elyakim's 2016 album Failing Better here.