“Zmasta” is a series of improvised radio plays recorded with my friend Tomek Dudziński. On almost 40 cassette tapes we recorded the adventures of about 30 characters we invented, which we tried to give a different personality and voice. We started recording around 1988 as kids before the voice mutation, and ended in 1996 – being on the verge of adulthood.
“Zmasta” is a word used by the Sosnowiec kids of the late eighties to describe a disaster resulting from their own low competence. This painful self-esteem accurately reflects the quality of the first recordings.
In 1992 we recorded several cassettes starting all over again. For a better effect, we dismantled several tape recorders and rummaged in their design to record our voices with a funny deformation (accelerated, slowed down, reversed).
Not all recordings from 1993 involved Tomek. I recorded some cassettes together with my cousin Arek, my friends from school. There are also fairy tales told by my Grandpa.
We recorded a lot in 1994. What’s more, some threads from previous tapes were continued on the next ones. There was a whole gallery of characters with whom we changed voices. We also tried to compose music. So we formed a band – we called him Rollnig Stoned (farmer from here) and we recorded our first cassette – “Mutant’s body”.
In addition to the regular episodes of “Zmasta”, we also recorded the second (uncompleted) Rollnig Stoned album (farmer from here), which was a bit more organic, referring to various styles involved: soldier song, sung poetry, folk songs. I also drew a comic book “Chicken Scream” (over 100 pages) with the script written together with Tomek.
We recorded the last “Zmasta” just before my final high school exams and the exams to the Polish National Film School in Łódź.
Creators of "Zmasta"
- Wojtek Wawszczyk
- Tomasz Dudziński