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About the residency

The aim is to produce the music for 108 versions of the themes of the songs of the album (W.T. “Preaching To The Choir”) in a playful collaborative approach.

108 is a creative open world experiment.

108 is a ritual.

108 is a playground.

108 is abundance and scarcity at once.

108 is a experiment to refill para-social codependency with purpose.

108 stands for the 108 temptations one has to overcome on their way to Nirvana in Buddhism and stands for the bigger questions of why entities of many species and humans specifically engage in repetitions of rather complex procedures such as song and the very nature of us as a performative social creature as part of a greater digital world of content platforms. Specifically how submission to the algorithms content hunger may be seen as a potential for artistic liberation and creativity rather than a necessity to merely stay relevant.

Backstory

Mandy Mozart embodies a pope-like figure who discovered a devastating truth about their existence of being a NPC in a open world game which was designed for cats. Knowing about their true nature triggers a plot of diverse quests in which the character tries hiding their fundamental discovery, differentiating reality from virtuality and exploring their new found super powers that came with the enlightenment. All in all, a playful and utopian phantasy which taps into everyday self-overestimation of male role models within our patriarchic society.

Collaborators

Invited collaborators are musicians, singers (choir + soloists), brass and string instrument players, audio visual artists and game developers who join the residency for a few days each at a time or in groups.

Patrizia Ruthensteiner, Thomas Dalby, Bernhard Hammer, Julian Hurza, Kerstin Hurza, Una Ryu, Eva Perner, Lukas Rehm, Thomas Dalby, (constantly updated during the project and preparations)

Location

The residency is kindly hosted by Westbahnstudios
Preysinggasse 5
1150 Wien

Objectives

That’s two versions of a song recorded and live-streamed on Twitch & YouTube Live every day. One is recorded straight after arrival and one is recorded before leaving the studio. There is absolutely no style required. The music is the mood of the day. A necessity of prayer, a meditation, a ritual to overcome the temptations of the world. To reach a higher state of mind where bodies, minds and machines align and resonate.

Schedule (Streams & Events)

April 2024

1 MON6 PM — Kick Off Part 1zhkm
2 TUE10 AM — Morning Ritual
10:30 AM — Studio Stream
6 PM — Evening Ritual
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3 WED10 AM — Morning Ritual
10:30 AM — Guest Rituals
6 PM — Evening Ritual
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4 THUtba
5 FRItba
6 SATOFF
7 SUNOFF
8 MONtba
9 TUEtba
10 WEDtba
11 THUtba
12 FRItba
13 SATOFF
14 SUNOFF
15 MON10 AM — Morning Ritual
1030 AM — Video Shoot BTS
6 PM — Evening Ritual
LUKAS REHM, UNA RYU, THOMAS DALBY, BERNHARD HAMMER
16 TUE10 AM — Morning Ritual
1030 AM — Video Shoot BTS
6 PM — Evening Ritual
LUKAS REHM, UNA RYU, THOMAS DALBY, BERNHARD HAMMER
17 WEDtba
18 THUtba
19 FRItba
20 SAT420YOU KNOW WHAT LEGLIZE
21 SUNOFF
22 MON10 AM — Morning Ritual
10:30 AM — Studio Stream
6 PM — Evening Ritual
Paul Parking
23 TUE10 AM — Morning Ritual
10:30 AM — Studio Stream
6 PM — Evening Ritual
Paul Parking, Monsterfrau
24 WED10 AM — Morning Ritual
10:30 AM — Studio Stream
6 PM — Evening Ritual
Paul Parking, Monsterfrau
25 THUtba
26 FRItba
27 SATOFF
28 SUNOFF
29 MONtba
30 TUEtba
Short notice changes will be announced via social media and discord.

June 2024

1 SAT6 PM — Kick Off Part 2
2 SUNOFF
3 MONtba
4 TUEtba
5 WEDtba
6 THUtba
7 FRItba
8 SATOFF
9 SUNOFF
10 MONtba
11 TUEtba
12 WEDtba
13 THUtba
14 FRItba
15 SATOFF
16 SUNOFF
17 MONtba
18 TUEtba
19 WEDtba
20 THUtba
21 FRItba
22 SATOFF
23 SUNOFF
24 MONtba
25 TUEtba
26 WEDtba
27 THUtba
28 FRItba
29 SATOFF
30 SUNOFF
Short notice changes will be announced via social media and discord.

Credits

The work is a collaborative effort.

Patrizia Ruthensteiner — Costume Design (pope-like figure), Soprano (VSDC)
Thomas Dalby — Photography, Layout (graphic novel, BTS)
Bernhard Hammer — Tenor (VSDC), Producer (Video Shoot)
Una Ryu — Special FX Makeup (Video Shoot)
Eva Perner — Executive Producer, Musician