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'Awakenings' is the first album on LINE by violinist, sound artist, poet, curator, and researcher, Manja Ristić. Her work incorporates extensive field recordings, acoustic instruments, and unexpected found objects. RIYL: Chris Watson, Félicia Atkinson, Norman W. Long, Simon Whetham and Tomoko Hojo & Rahel Kraft.

awakenings are my ears underwater.
awakenings are sand, pebbles, and rocks pushed by the waves in constant motion.
awakenings emerge from the dissipating whirls.
awakenings are language so mellifluous it out-voices the sizzling currents.
awakenings listen to the space through other spaces.
awakenings are reversed feedbacks of coiled thoughts.
awakenings are worlds of ruthless and bewitched nature.
awakenings are endless topographies surrounded by a body of water in constant motion.
awakenings are where you will find me, talking to the sniffing rocks, growling waves, sleeping vineyard crickets, and plucking trapped air from broken and abandoned instruments.
awakenings are infinity squeezed between atoms.
awakenings are the mind’s nocturnal quirks.
awakenings are silent intrusions into the landscape.
the spherical geometry of the awakenings moves awkwardly, like a transparent velum woven of thin and uneven fabric, coating the fidelity of the bluff recollections.
awakenings are the legacy of withstanding.


Manja Ristić, born in Belgrade in 1979, is a violinist, sound artist, published poet, curator, and researcher. She graduated from the Belgrade Academy of Music (2001), then awarded at the Royal College of Music, London, with PGDip Solo/Ensemble Recitalist (2004). As a classical solo and chamber musician, as well as a composer and an improv musician She has performed all across Europe and in the US, involving collaborations with established conductors, performers, multimedia artists, poets, and theatre/film directors.

Ristić’s sound-related research besides contemporary performance in the field of instrumental electro–acoustics, is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to sound and field recording as well as experimental radio arts.

Ristić has created commissions for Kunstradio – Radiokunst, Radio Cona, Semi-Silent, Radiophrenia, Radio Art Zone, Radia.FM, Framework Radio, and all national broadcasting agencies across SE Europe. She co-curated sonoAdriatic Tales at Ars Electronica 2020 and in the last 20 years curated and developed a distinctive number of cultural events, international projects, cultural conferences, and educational platforms in the fields of inter-media, experimental sound-related arts, scene, and multimedia arts.

The winner of several distinctive awards for solo and chamber classical music, holds an honorable mention from the Phonurgia Nova awards, and a Golden Award for the extended media from the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia. She is a founding member of CENSE – Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies.

In the last decade, Ristić has published sound art independently as well as for labels and publishing bodies: mappa, Verdure Engraved, Cona Zavod, Naviar Records, Flag Day Recordings, Framework, Inexhaustible Editions, Elan Vital Recordings, SIRR-ECORDS, Sonospace, Cities & Memories, UIII / AIIR, 20 Seconds Art Magazine, AMPLIFY 2020, sonic matter, and more.

Works and lives on the island of Korčula, Croatia.



released April 28, 2023

recording locations: Korčula town, abandoned ex-Yugoslav military compound on the island of Korčula, ancient quarry on the island of Vrnik, the village of Račišće, Lumbarda ancient aquatorium, sound pollution of the water traffic in the Pelješac-peninsula channel, Ražnjić lighthouse; a musical playground in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. instruments used: JrF hydrophone & contact mic; violin, various abandoned pianos, toy synth found in the garbage, various objects.

all sounds recorded, edited, and composed by Manja Ristić
contributing artists on track 8: Mark Vernon, Ivana Grahovac
cover art: Manja Ristić / Richard Chartier
mastering: La Plant Studio, Belgrade


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