Aleksander Kolkowski (b. 1959 in London) is a composer, violinist, sound artist and researcher born and based in London.
Since obtaining a PhD at Brunel University in 2012 he has been active as the first sound artist in residence at the Science Museum, London. He has held research associateships at the Royal College of Music and the Science Museum, as well as a residency with the British Library Sound Archive in partnership with Sound and Music.
His work has been shown across Europe and in the USA, and broadcast by the BBC, WDR, Deutschlandradio and others.
Kolkowski uses historical recording and reproduction apparatus and obsolete media to make contemporary mechanical-acoustic music.
His numerous international projects have combined wax cylinder phonographs, gramophones and vintage disc recording machines alongside live musicians.
His performances and installations often emphasise archaic techniques of sound amplification and modes of listening allowing him to explore sound as memory, our relationship to technology and to time travel – hearing the present through the sound recording media of the past.
Since 2013 Kolkowski has collaborated in The X-Ray Audio Project by The Real Tuesday Weld frontman Stephen Coates.
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