backing track is a radio piece based on a performance presented at the conference "how does it feel to be a problem?", which took place in the fridericianum in kassel on 29th of april 2017.
speakers: mara vlachaki, thanasis vollas, serge baghdassarians, boris baltschun
bouzouki: thanasis vollas
baglama: taner akyol
programming cent/cent converter: sukandar kartadinata
kindly supported by the sound archive of the humboldt-universität zu berlin
commissioned by documenta 14 / every time a ear di soun and co-produced by deutschlandfunk kultur
english version: 33 minutes
german version: 36 minutes
a recording made in görlitz in 1917 is heard as an unfinished piece and thus allows for the creation of several additional tracks between the poles of economy, music and language.
a "historically informed performance" investigating the etymology of the featured musical instrument, tracing it's heritage and linking it to a mirror for princes from the 17th century and a financial instrument from the present day.
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