Ryterski, Rafał

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born in Gdynia in 1992, composer, author of multimedia projects (installations, sound designs), musical life organiser. He studied multimedia composition with Krzysztof Baculewski, Barbara Okoń-Makowska, and Sławomir Wojciechowski at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, graduating in 2017, and with Simon Steen-Andersen, Niels Rønsholdt, and Julianna Hodkinson at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. He also attended many masterclasses including the Next Generation group at the Donaueschinger Musiktage as well as Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. He lectures at various symposia and projects as a specialist in composition, sound art, and technology (Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, 2016–17; Elementi in Cracow, 2017; guest lecturer at the Polish–Japanese Academy of Computer Techniques). 

His music has been featured at festivals such as Digital Revolution of Music in Warsaw, New Music Days in Gdańsk, Summer Courses of New Music in Darmstadt, Licences in Paris, Warsaw Autumn, Elementi in Cracow, Kody, and Unsound. He also organises music and multimedia productions, including the Atlas/Meadow concert organised by the Warsaw University Academic Choir and the Anonymous opera performance for four voices, 15 instruments, electronics and visualisations, which he authored. 

His art synthesises the many styles that inspire him. He emphasises three main aesthetic tendencies in his music: glitch, noise, and spectralism. While he is not averse to acoustic music, he favours electronic and digital media, allowing him to pursue new identities for acoustic instruments. 

His music is full of references and draws from many genres, a practice the composer defines as genrebending. In 2017–18, he worked as composer and psychoacoustics specialist for the commercial app Nightly, which monitors and supports the sleep through sound and image. Apart from classical music, he also composes electronic dance music. 

Selected works: Rituals for oboe, tuba and percussion (2012), Unde ned Identity for six performers (2013), P.E.R.C.S. for percussion, motion and electronics (2014), Saudade. Override Music, electronic music (2015), Atlas for choir, 11 instruments, electronics and visualisations (2015), Silence Inside, multimedia installation (with Anna Kaleta-Kunert, 2015), Chronos’s Relativities for accordion and sampler (2015), Apollo’s Comeback for harp, piano and electronics (2016), [one page]MORE for four electric guitars (2016), The Fates’ reads for three violas, electronics and visualisations (2016), Vampire, music to a lm by Kamil Krukowski (2016), First we feel. Then we fall, music to an interactive lm by Jakub Wróblewski (2016), Meme War for accordion, viola and electronics (2017), Anonymous, opera for four soloists, 14 instruments, electronics, visualisations and internet media (2017), Suns, multimedia installation (with Łukasz Radziszewski, 2017), di/am/ sy/od for bass clarinet and contrabassoon (2017), Play by play for prepared cassette player (2018), Genderfuck for percussion, electronics and visualisations (2018), Disco Bloodbath for ensemble and electronics (2018), Taking Control for ensemble, electronics and visualisations (2018), Archangel for vibraphone concertante and three instruments (2019), Comfort Zone, electronics interludes (2019), Doppelgänger for four instruments, electronics and robots 2019), Jarosław’s Intimate Life, music to a show by Kuba Kowalski (2020), Sea of Prism (Cod’s Lullaby) for ensemble and electronics (2020), Still Life, sound design for a show by Marta Górnicka (2021), Haphephobia for motion, percussion and live electronics (2021).