[ISEA94] Artist Statement: Srdjan Hoffman – Specimens

Artist Statement

“I have never ‘spontaneously’ rummaged through my musical memory and reproduced, ‘by ear’, what amounts to a pastiche of works I have heard, imagining all the time that I was writing something new”.                                                                                                                                            “I have never applied, as taken for granted, any of the existing ‘modern’, individual, or even more widely accepted composing techniques…”                                                                                   “A composition is the product of exploration; it is not the exploration itself.”
“The meaning of the familiar is not always a familiar meaning…”
“I believe that the elements of what has already been discovered in art can be formulated a new and integrated, in a different way, into a new work.”
“The discovery of new ways of shaping, of establishing one’s own ‘rules’ of composition, has become (…), in our century, a part of the individual creative act.”
Duration 11’20”.

  • Srdjan Hofman was born in Glina, Croatia, in 1944, studied composing with Stanojlo Rajici’c at the Belgrade Academy of Music, graduating in 1968 and acquiring and M.Mus. degree in 1972. Having completed his studies in Belgrade, he received advanced training in Stuttgart and Cologne. A prominent figure in Serbian music, he was, for a time, President of the Association of Composers of Serbia. Since 1974 he has taught at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, where he is now associate professor in the Department of compostion and orchestration. In addition to his teaching and composition, Srjdan Hofman has published articles on theoretical aspects of contemporary music in the journals “Zvuk” and “Tre’ci program”.