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  • Aired on May 25th 08:45 CEST 2024
  • Musica Humana or How Symphonies Are Born
  • Genre: Soundscape Composition
  • Duration: 30 min
  • ‘Musica Humana or How Symphonies Are Born’ builds up a panorama of everyday-life events and disturbances “fertilising” composer’s procedures and inspiration. It is a radio piece addressed to an individual single listener and describes through the closest sound environment the situations, which sometimes become a source of inspiration for composer’s imagination and reveals in-between the composer's interpretation of her own music work.

    The sounds came from field recordings (from 1989!) and my own orchestral piece „The Little Atrophic Symphony“.

    From today’s point of listening „Musica humana…“ might also be interesting as a documentation of a Polish home soundscape in 1989 – 35 years ago. The sound effects were recorded by the composer at home and elaborated by her at the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw.

Lidia Zielinska

Lidia Zielinska is a Polish composer. She studied composition with Andrzej Koszewski at the State High School of Music in Poznan. She has worked at the electronic music studios in Cracow, Stuttgart, Swedish Radio Malmoe, Experimental Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw, IPEM/BRT in Ghent, EMS in Stockholm, ZKM in Karlsruhe and Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg.
Lidia Zielinska currently holds the post of professor of composition and head of the SMEAMuz Studio of Electroacoustic Music at Poznan’s Music Academy; she also was a professor in sonology at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan (1989-92 and 2001-10).
She has conducted summer courses, workshops and seminars, published and lectured extensively on contemporary Polish music, the history of experimental music, sound ecology and traditional Japanese music, on the invitation of universities in Europe, Americas, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
For many years, Lidia Zielinska has fulfilled many official functions; she is currently Vice-President of the Polish Association for Electroacoustic Music, former Vice-President of the Board of the Polish Composers’ Union, member of the programme committee of the Warsaw Autumn Festival (1989–92 and 1996–2005), of the ISCM World Music Days in Warsaw, of the Musica Electronica Nova in Wroclaw.


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