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Kate Rissiek

Kate Rissiek is an artist based in Vancouver, Canada who has performed under the name Rusalka since 2007. Employing theremin and other electronics, Rusalka achieves visceral and, at times, abrasive sounds in her exploration of subconscious states and the dark recesses of human nature.  A struggle between filth and transcendence occurs which stirs together crude electronics and an ethereal electromagnetic grasp for emergence. Her recent work often features subtle, yet profound, shifts in mood, timbre, and focus demonstrating a fervent refusal to clearly delineate between introspection and observation.

The piece Inter Action is composed using a theremin as the main sound source/instrument which is then processed through minimal effects. The inspiration for the track is the sounds of satellite radio signals from space and the nonverbal communication that is transmitted by those signals. Inter Action is a layering of signals from the theremin to create dense interrelated tones.