The idea for GRAMOFON originated during the Corona lockdown in winter 2020/2021 when neither concerts nor rehearsals were possible and a sense of isolation spread. In this situation, Jarry Singla developed the vision of creatively communicating with his audience via an interactive player.
Jarry composed musical miniatures for piano, prepared piano, Indian harmonium and percussive instruments. The fragments are mainly inspired by South Indian rhythm, North Indian ragas and Messiaen modes, but also by European harmony.
In combination with beautiful designs by the artist Irma Stolz, they have been uploaded into an interactive player on a website. The player gives you the possibility to create your own compositions by combining the fragments freely in several tracks. In the first edition five composing-games of different musical character are available. The URL displays your results at any time. By sharing the URL via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook, you are welcome to let your friends know whatever you created with GRAMOFON.
GRAMOFON invites a global audience to interact with creative contemporary music and offers the opportunity to network artists of all genres across continental borders and invite them to joint composition projects – regardless of the original, pandemic-related situation.
Shortly after the publication, the West German Radio (WDR) reported on GRAMOFON.
The broadcast can be heard here:
The implementation of GRAMOFON was made possible by generous funding from the Kunststiftung NRW and the NRW Kultursekretariat.