Composition 2018.08 (Violin Stories) is twenty-five minutes and thirty-five seconds in duration - and is a collaboration between the violinist Manja Ristić - and the composer Bernhard Living. The components of the composition are derived from violin samples - with the samples effected and pitch-shifted to create sixteen-bar elements that repeat and fade in and out of each other. It was performed for the first time at the Poetronica - Festival of electronic music and poetry in Moscow, April 2018.
In the words of Manja Ristić - Composition 2018.08 (Violin Stories) is conceptualised with pre-recorded violin samples by Manja Ristić. Processed violin sounds build a meditative atmosphere inviting us into a deep listening experience. Suggested by "sonic breathing", drone-like fluctuations and spatial extensions with overall minimal sound movement - and allude to altered state of consciousness that transcend the alteration of space-time perception. The organic sound of the instrument is wrapped in a digital net developing a dense, almost material sonic body.