Katowice Sound Department is a project dedicated to carry out experiments in the field of electronic music.
The main objective of the KSD is to to revive the local electronic music scene through workshops, lectures, live sessions and concerts.
Participants take part in regular workshops where they are trying to find a new sound of electronic music – an original product from Katowice.
During the workshops participants develop sound material based on the analysis of urban space, they make sketches, sequences, loops and songs, which are used to create a public database of sounds.
One of the most important element of the project was the opening of the Tempo! Club at the headquarters of the City of Gardens which is a meeting place for ideas’ exchange, public rehearsals and micro-concerts. Project results have been published online and on CD-ROM. Participants also presented their works at local music festivals such as OFF Festival or Tauron Nowa Muzyka.
In 2016, the Katowice Sound Department initiated the”Mikrorezydencje” [Micro-residence programme]
– a series of five-day study visits. During the residence the special quadraphonic concert/radio play is prepared by invited artist. Artist involved in Micro-residence programme so far: Robert Skrzyński (Micromelancolié), Tomek Mirt, Mateusz Wysocki (Fischerle) i Lubomir Grzelak (Lutto Lento).
In cooperation with Coalition of Cities / European Capital of Culture 2016, from 15 to 21 August 2016 at a tenement house at Rynek 25, KSD launched the Experimental Sound Exchange. At that time, together with invited sound artists and creators of electronic music, including dance, club as well as experimental and contemplative, they aimed to discover the possibilities and ways of exploring sound and exploring by sound.
Experimental Sound Exchange consisted of everyday afternoon and evening concerts, sessions and DJ sets open for the public. It also included open presentations, film screenings, quadraphonic radio plays and sound workshops conducted by guests invited. But above all, ESE became a place for exchanging experiences, ideas and sounds, joint sessions, collaborations, improvisations, rehearsals and fun with the playing and audio equipment.