Serge Bulat is a Moldovan-American multidisciplinary artist, composer and sound designer, who has been contributing to both European and American art scenes, exploring various mediums: from music and visuals to video games, radio and theater productions.
Artist's most notable to date works are "Queuelbum" (IMA award for Best Electronic Album); the audiovisual installation "Inkblot" (presented at music and art festivals in more than 10 countries); and the experimental video game "Wurroom".
Artist's works were included in conferences and symposiums such as Technarte: Art & Technology International Conference (Spain); Seeing Sound and Convergence: International Conference of Music, Technology & Ideas (UK); Video Art Forum (Saudi Arabia); ISMIR: 22nd International Society for Music Information Retrieval; Bethany Arts' IMPACT 2022 - Art that Bears Witness, New Music Gathering, and Soundbox 5: Interstitial Spaces Collaborations & Creative Catalysts (USA).
Bulat's artistic approach is often perceived as a meditation on arts, philosophy, science, and psychology; and explores such diverse subjects as creativity, technology, reality, culture, environment, and identity.
Bulat's artistry is described as "the new sound in the realm of electronic music" (Facts & Arts, France), "existentialist work" (Ibero 90.9, Mexico), "truly innovative" (Amazing Radio, UK), "an expressive extension of his own psyche, and a bridge to your grey-matter palace" (I Thought I Heard A Sound) and "an ambitious project that can trigger intellectual thought" (The Deli Magazine, USA).
Born and raised in Soroca, Moldova, a town on the border with Ukraine, Bulat attended E.Coca music school and later continued his studies at the Academy of Music Theater and Fine Arts. DJ-ing simultaneously at radio stations such as Europa Plus and Radio 21 led to serving as stations' creative director and producing various shows and events in the country. In 2009 the artist immigrated to the United States to pursue his career further.
In New York, Bulat developed what would've become his debut album - a concept project that involved sound, video art, photography and writing. "Queuelbum" marked the first collaboration with the visual artist Michael Rfdshir, and launched his interdisciplinary experimentation. "Queuelbum" evolved into the "Third World Walker" audiovisual triptych, which was included in various independent festivals around Europe.
"Wurmenai" the next multi-format project, preceded by two works: "Yehy Vaya" - a collaboration with Mordovian folk band OYME sung in the language of Erzya; and "Kalah Folklore" - a song in Argentinian Spanish, featuring vocalist Miriam García, based on the traditional Andean coplas.
The first single honored the UN proclaimed International Year Of Indigenous Languages; the second one marked the 100 years since the birth of Leda Valladares. The project's collaboration list also includes Rumbo Tumba, Nino Errera, Pavel Vit and features a fusion of genres, cultures, and creative techniques.
"Wurmenai" became another concept project for Bulat, billed as an album in the video game format. Developed in partnership with Michael Rfdshir and exclusively designed to interact with sound, "Wurroom" has entirely consisted of songs from the record. "The Border Song", featured in the game and released as a video single has received an AEAF nomination in the Best Music Video category.
The follow-up release "Similarities Between Fish And A Chair" was released on April 30th, 2021, offered more experimentation and featured new collaborators such as Katie Buckley, Dai Sekiguchi, Hirokazu Ishida, along Nino Errera, Pavel Vit, and OYME, who returned to the project. The artists from ten countries in total have participated in both releases.
The album was supported by the singles "Sanity Mantra" and "Digital Guillermo", the latter featured in the video game "Isolomus" to which Bulat contributed the soundtrack.
Additionally, the artist participated in a few independent projects including ToneShift's mix Sound of Solidarity, vinyl release via Vynil Moon with "Digital Guillermo", and sound art piece for Spanish experimental label Mute.
Bulat's ongoing immersive project 'Inkblot' is being presented at selected festivals and was recently published in the scientific journal Vortex, Brazil. The second audiovisual piece from the series titled 'Normality' has been premiered in 2022 in the USA, Andorra, and Saudi Arabia.
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