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Milan Adamčiak Photo: Michal Murin

Milan Adamčiak

(16. 12. 1946 Ružomberok – 16. 1. 2017 Banská Belá)


classical music: composition
theoretician: musicology

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1962 – 1968 Academy of Music in Žilina (violoncello)
1968 – 1973 music studies at the Philosophical Faculty of Comenius University
1972 – 1991 Institute of Musical Studies (later renamed to Institute of Art Studies) at the Slovak Academy of Sciences (researched 20th century music and the mutual relations of music and visual arts) and lectured about music of the 20th century at the Academy of Music and Drama and Philosophical Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava
1989 founded Transmusic comp. – Ensemble of Unconventional Music (www.burundi.sk/monoskop/index.php/Transmusic_comp)
1990 founded the Society for Unconventional Music (SNEH), organized the Festival of Intermedia Production (FIT) in Bratislava in 1991 and 1992
2009 author of the exhibition Transmusic Comp., co-author Michal Murín in the Gallery of Cyprián Majerník in Bratislava

“After the initial post-Webern poetic resources in mid-60s of  the 20th century (the group DAD), Adamčiak's musical thinking represents radical and, in Slovak artistic context, rare breakup with tradition and transition to the position of conceptually oriented work. This development process progressed along with consistent deconstruction of „pure“ media and cooperation of creative activities. In the music area, his symptomatic expression is open form,  with generously conceived sonority, unconventional score, improvisation and action, which are involved in the final synergistic form, which alternately tends to be expressive and minimalist. Adamčiak's scores don't graphically mark notes in a conventional way, but very often they contain no information which lead to specific sounds. The variabile casts offer the same area (space) for musicians and non-musicians equally.”

 

(CSERES, Jozef: Milan Adamčiak. In: 100 slovenských skladateľov. Ed. Marián Jurík, Peter Zagar. Národné hudobné centrum, Bratislava 1998, p. 11)

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