Upgrade for (21) musicians with phones – performance by Muzikon this Friday at midnight!

This Friday: Muzikon orchestra will perform The Upgrade for musicians with phones (…in an imaginary waiting room from a not-too distant future), the music theater piece written in 2017, and ever-since performed only in compressed chamber versions. All musicians are looking at their smartphones throughout the entire work, while they use only hand to play their instruments. Musicians have their parts produced in separate but synchronized videos for their smarphones that are also designed to illuminate their faces in relation to sounds that they are making.

Finally, in concert Midnight Makes Sense at Kvaka 22‘s balcony it will be performed by:
-complete string orchestra (Muzikon),
-flute (Jelena Vujnović),
-trumpet (Jovan Savić),
-accordion (Branko Džinović),
-piano, voice and a pen (me, myself and I).

Read the concert announcement from danas.rs (consult google translate)


The concept of the work emerged for the needs of a chamber two-minute opera on the subject of social change and it continued developing into a new piece for a much bigger ensemble.
In March 2017, two of my cousins (11 and 14 years old) used to stare at their smartphones all the time, mostly watching YouTube and singing and whistling MTV hit song “Kill ‘em With Kindness” by Selena Gomez. They spoke as little as possible and only when it was absolutely necessary.

Hence, I imagined my cousins as heralds of social change. Their interests, habits, body posture and speech triggered imagining of a moment in the future which, in this instant seems more or less fictional, or maybe not at all. The piece does not present any specific stance or critique regarding moments in the present or future. The only intention is to present and play with an idea of a moment that could be a “new normal” a decade or two from now, and imagine some of the possible events in it.

Lecture with performance at the Festival of International Student Theatre – FIST

FIST is a Festival of International Student Theater organized by students of the Department of Management and Production of Theater, Radio and Culture from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade. From this year, through the FIST Music platform, we want to connect music with theater, performance and other performing arts practices. FIST Music Workshop is a workshop within the warm up program of the 15th FIST festival. The workshop was held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6 pm in the Small Hall of the Kolarac Endowment in Belgrade, Serbia. The workshop consists of a lecture by composer Maja Bosnić on the topic of audience participation as material and joint performance of the interactive work Menuet4phoneS for audience with smartphones. What are the different possibilities of activating the audience during a performance or music theater? What are the possibilities of interaction with the audience? In what ways is it possible to direct and manage audience participation? What are the possible outcomes and how can we build material with the audience? These are some of the questions we tried to answer, review previous research, as well as personal experiences. The workshop was intended for all students of the University of Arts in Belgrade, the University of Belgrade, students of music high schools, but also for all those who love theater and music!


Klangforum Wien performs ::\com.app.data:: in Mykonos!

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15 June 2019
@ Grypario Cultural Center, Mykonos
Dimitrios Polisoidis (viola)
Krassimir Sterev (accordion)
Gerald Preinfalk (saxophone)
Benedikt Leitner (violoncello)
Supported by:
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Delian Academy of New Music
scholarship in memoriam Iannis Xenakis


Ever-changing piece for two groups of musicians with phone apps

In \com.app.data free apps for smartphones are used as found objects and incorporated into the performance, so that they dictate musical material, react to live sounds, make and play sounds, conduct musicians, record them live and playback with effects (details of previous performances are at the bottom of the page).

All apps used in \com.app.data are created by various different developers and are all available for free download on Google Play store and Apple store (see links below).

Google Play Store (Android)

Strobe Light: Music Strobe
Sound Buttons: 100 Sound Buttons 2
Treadmill: Finger Exercise and Treadmill Finger Workout
Breathing Coach: Breathe Easy
Game: Okay?
Recorders: Voice Changer With Effects and Say It Backwards

Apple Store (iOS)

Strobe Light: RoboStrobe and Night Club Strobe Light
Sound Buttons: 100+ Sound Buttons and 100’s of Buttons and Sound Lite
Treadmill: Treadmill Finger Workout
Breathing Coach: Breathe Easy
Game: Okay?
Recorders: Voice Changer With Effects and Say It Backwards

\com.app.data @ impuls 2019


Ever-changing piece for two groups of musicians with phone apps (2018-)
IMPULS 2019 Festival
Marathon Concert II
20 February 2019
17:00 (premiere)
20:45 (reprise)

Irini Aravidou (percussion: two timpani, two woodblocks + phone apps)
Oded Geizhals (percussion: vibraphone + phone apps)
Tamara Kurkiewicz (percussion: marimba, snare drum + phone apps)
Vera Seedorf (percussion: tam-tam, guiro, triangle + phone apps)

More details about the piece and its apps at \com.app.data.