Dganit Elyakim (b. 1977)

Failing Better (2016)

  1. As daft as a brush (2015)

    viola: Ronald Boersen; live electronics: Dganit Elyakim

  2. Lentils (2006)

    dedicated to Moshe Elyakim
    acoustic piano: Teodora Stepančić; alto: Noa Frenkel; Percussion: Haggai Fershtman; Narrator:Dganit Elyakim; live electronics: Ronald Boersen

  3. Stasimon: Agnus Dei (2014)

    Soundtrack to “The Soft German” by Nadav Bin-Nun
    Voice: Adaya Godlevsky.

  4. One on 1.1 (2006, 2015)

    dedicated to Yoni Silver
    A guided improvisation for bass clarinet and electronics
    Bass Clarinet: Yoni Silver; live electronics: Dganit Elyakim

  5. Lewdness (2005)

    Voices: Ofer Marmur, Shlomo Blumenfeld, Yehudit Mizrachi.
    Texts: Song of all songs, Yona Wallach, Alexander Pen

  6. Dogma I am God (2010)

    dedicated to Ronald Boersen
    A guided improvisation for viola and ready-made samples
    viola: Ronald Boersen; live electronics: Dganit Elyakim

  7. Powder (2000)

    acoustic piano: Eyal Zaliouk; *.

  8. Old Skool (2004)

    Voices: Eskesta Ensemble (Beta).

  9. The next 31 seconds of your life (2015)

    dedicated to Ayelet Lerman
    Violas: Ayelet Lerman, Ronald Boersen. electronics: Dganit Elyakim

    Failing Better interrogates digital technology in terms of ethics and politics as well as aesthetics. Elyakim’s compositions pitch acoustic against computerized instruments, physical against virtual performers, probing those tensions and quandaries that may give rise to the specter of the post-human. Regardless of its critical or analytical potential, her music is immediate and punchy, a muscular tussle with algorithms, clenched and combative.

Dganit Elyakim (b.1977, Tel Aviv) is a composer and sound artist, working across a broad spectrum of practices to depict various aspects of the human and digital paradigm. Exploring numerous artistic strategies that span from electro-acoustic, vocal, or chamber music through sound installation, video, and new-media work, her oeuvre attempts to reflect on philosophical, political, and ethical issues regarding the constantly evolving technologies. Elyakim studied composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Gilius van Bergeijk, Martijn Padding, and Clarence Barlow.