Crónica 171~2021 Tape
Release date: 22 June 2021
- Degti (27:03)
- Be Pavadinimo (19:13)
- Degti (reprise) (6:43) exclusive track in the cassette edition
Degti was premiered on September 12, 2019 at Vilniaus Degtinė, a vodka factory in Vilnius, during the Muzika Erdvėje festival, with an audience consisting solely of Vilniaus Degtinė employees. Degti invites listeners to re-imagine the recordings made at the factory not as a soundtrack of labour, monotony and production but as a ghostly presence, purposely created to be purposeless. It celebrates mechanical character while attempting to remove links to specific sounding objects. This dual identity within the machines, partly material and partly transcendental, unfolds in compositional time during which matter transforms into spirit while spirit is embodied in the machines.
Be Pavadinimo was composed in 2019, based on environmental sounds recorded in various locations in Greece and Lithuania. Variations of the piece were performed in POKŠT Gallery in Utena and in Kirtimų Kultūros Centras in Vilnius.
Thanks to Agnė Matulevičiūtė, Matas Drukteinis, Rytis Girčys, Tomas Terekas, and Miguel Carvalhais. Special thanks and gratitude to all employees of Vilniaus Degtinė who welcomed me into their work environment and allowed me to open my ears to a reality that was until then way beyond my perception of life in the factory. All photos by Tomas Terekas.