#336. Independent sound art, radiophonic projects and other audio non-visual misunderstandings and findings. Quarantunes VII.
Laura Agnusdei – “Hand in Hand with a stranger”
radiopiece curated by Worm/Klangendum, march 2020.
Laura Agnusdei is an electroacoustic composer and saxophone player from Bologna (IT), classically trained, she also holds a Master in electronic music composition by The Institute of Sonology of The Hague (NL). Her compositions feature the saxophone as the main voice within sonic landscapes that shift between melodies and textures, the song form and improvisation, fusing acoustic, digital and analog sound sources. She is actually touring presenting her new album Laurisilva, six tracks that invite the listeners to explore an imaginary landscape made from sounds growing and layering like biological organisms within a forest. This work, as well as Laura’s debut ep Night/Lights, was released by London-based label The Tapeworm. Since 2016 her music has been presented in many venues and festivals such as Rewire, Dekmantel, EYE Filmmuseum (NL), Cafè Oto (UK), Node, Macao, MAST (IT).
“Hand in Hand with a stranger” is a radio piece I composed partly during my residency at Worm Studios and partly during the Covid19 pandemic lockdown period. Inspired by the art of Lithuanian-American videomaker Jonas Mekas, its form is what we can describe as an audio-diary; a collection of personal thoughts, feelings, and small ordinary events that happened between January and March 2020, when I was touring South Italy and during my residency period in Rotterdam. Nevertheless, these sonic sketches are not presented in a chronological sequence but assembled freely to compose an intimate story where a state of displacement and loneliness
triggers an intense and attentive relationship with the surrounding world.