[ar052] Velak Gala (Vienna 2007-11)
History and Philosophy
Velak is a loose collective and open platform, founded and maintained by former and present students of “Computermusic and Electronic Media”, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
In 2004, students were looking for opportunities to perform their music and experiments, although being unknown to the market, and began a concert series, then called elak gala (ELAK is the short form for the institute for “Elektroakustische Musik”), with the claim to be a platform for different minds with different approaches. the concert series soon got known not only in Vienna, but also internationally. Now, there´s a lot of international musicians coming by in Vienna playing at velak gala. Often a multichannel system is installed. A love for assymetry of loudspeakers as well as a preference of mono can be found within the members. The founding of the concert series was accompanied by the formation of a loose musical collective, named “velharmonic orchestra” meanwhile, a dependance in Berlin formed, the “Donauwellen”, a festival for improvised, mostly electronic music, a collaboration between Vienna and Berlin, Viennese in Berlin and vice versa.
The musical context of Velak can be contoured with: electroacoustic, live-electronic, instrumental abstract music, field recording, improvisation, tape, noise. All in all, a certain affinity to electricity can be stated. Not to forget, interdisciplinarity, transmediality, performance, video, collaborations play an important role. Velak can hardly be objectified. Or, in other words, Velak is a lot within a small field and still an explicit coexistence.