Polish Radio Experimental Studio Fans Circle

  • Polish Radio Experimental Studio Fans Circle

January 26, 6:00 pm | Streaming on Facebook Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Facebook event).

Sweet Rhythms. Krzysztof Penderecki in the Black Room.

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Society of Friends of the Museum and the Modern Seniors Club invite you to a conversation between MIchał Mendyk and Łukasz Strusiński as part of the program activities of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio Fans Circle (SEPR).

Eugeniusz Rudnik liked to repeat after Boguslaw Schaeffer that a piece should have a beginning, an end and a good title. He managed to convince Krzysztof Penderecki to this aesthetic concept in the 1960s, with whom he then created dozens of film and theater illustrations at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.

They usually had a striking beginning and an interesting ending, while anything could happen in the middle. Free jazz, Rimsky-Korsakov, the music of ufoluds or a child's percussion etude - very often: all at once. This is not just about the "unlimited" sound possibilities of the analog studio, which left a special mark on Penderecki's sonoristic orchestral compositions, but also about the magic of the editing table, limited only by the film form (not the music!) and the imagination of the creators. And this is something the Rudnik-Penderecki duo has never lacked.

Years later, listening to The Passion of Luke, Ubu the King or The Seven Gates of Jerusalem, it's hard to resist the impression, moreover, that their composer never stopped juggling sound conventions in search of a new para-filmic (though imageless) way of telling stories through music. Lukasz Strusinski and Michal Mendyk will discuss with you whether not only this avant-garde, but also this "neoclassical" Penderecki was born in the Black Room.

Michal Mendyk - music publicist, curator and producer specializing in the realization of experimental musical and interdisciplinary projects. Initiator of the "Radical Polish Culture" and "Opera for the Deaf" festivals. As a curator and expert, he has collaborated with, among others, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Ad Libitum and Sacrum Profanum festivals and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the ZKM Karlsruhe center, the Klangforum Wien ensemble, the Matmos and Mouse on Mars duos and the Ableton company (two experimental sample libraries, downloaded by nearly forty thousand users from all over the world). One of the founders of "Glissando" magazine. Currently editor of "Music Movement." The popularizing book "M.U.Z.Y.K.A.", which he wrote together with Michal Libera, was translated into Korean, Czech and German and nominated for Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. Since 2008, he has been running his own phonographic and book publishing company, Bolt Records.


Łukasz Strusiński - currently, as of April 2021, head of Sinfonia Varsovia's program department. For 20 years he has been involved with the classical music community in Poland, first as an employee of the National Philharmonic, then of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, where he led international classical music projects: originator and founder of the I, CULTURE Orchestra, an international orchestral project aimed at the Eastern Partnership countries (2010-11), a series of CDs of Polish early music (2012-21), in 2014-19 he coordinated the work of the IAM expert team, and was the initiator of the inclusion of the legacy of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in the international program of the Centennial of Independence celebrations. He has repeatedly been an expert on classical music in the programs of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Office of Culture of the City of Warsaw.

Polish Radio Experimental Studio Fans Circle

Polish experimental music is a subject that fascinates all generations. It connects listeners and listeners, composers and composers, performers and performers, producers and producers of sound. The recipients and audiences of broadcasts, recordings and festivals range from eighty-year-olds to high school students. The Polish Radio Experimental Studio Fans Circle is a space open to all these backgrounds. It shows that culture is created in an uninterrupted dialogue between the past and the present. We invite you to join the Circle's Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kolosympatykowsepr

Supported by funds from the Polish-American Freedom Foundation's "UTW-Seniors in Action" program implemented by the Association for Creative Initiatives "ę".


ANDRZEJ ZBORSKI, photographic documentation of the Experimental Studio of Polish Radio. Year of creation: 1962-1972