“For some years now, the Córdoban producer Martín Castro, aka MRTN-CSTR, has been surprising us with his creations, ever since releasing his debut album “Kr0m” through Pueblo Nuevo in 2014. This time he presents “((- -SEKU -_- EKU- -))“, an album comprising 7 tracks with an aesthetic he has developed through “patches”, which he designs himself for the software “Reaktor” from “Native Instrument.” These allows him to create an idiosyncratic style, with industrial sounds, granular trips, and glitches, as he develops a penetrating IDM with intense and sometimes devastating environments that make us think for a few minutes that we are in an empty and abandoned city, where only robots live and humans are extinct.
With a sound marked by broken and changing percussion, approaching that of new-acid, “((- -SEKU -_- EKU- -))“, produced by one of the most talented current musicians in Argentine electronics, is a highly recommended album.”
(Valparaíso, Chile. Marzo / March 2018).
Onde Poussière is the experimental / free improvisation duo of Doedelzak (analog synthesizer) and Kecap Tuyul (prepared guitar (2015-2016), no-input mixer (2017-…))
ThaBaaz was born in 1974, classical studies of percussion instruments and acoustic drums, disparate musical interests: from dodecaphonic serialism to minimal electronic and to the IDM, just to expose only a few. His latest project, the most articulated, is entitled -reb0und- , it’s a concept album, year of creation 2008, 59 minutes of frequencies collected in 2 Suites respectively of 4 and 3 movements, 13 tracks; “an ascent in the disturbed darkness from fragments of noise “.
The work evokes a “system” at its last stage in fast introversion, the disruption is massive, directed to the chaotic darkness, to the cold disorder towards the “non-human noise”.
The solar and luminous scenarios of the 2 movements of the first Suite curve and slide rapidly into the deep “interior”; the “musical form” that we had known so far is running out; we are at the end of “music” (in the broad sense of the term) heading for an authentic solitude of bright dazzles in nocturnal and deserted isolated, non-systemic, atypical highways.
The second Suite invades the soul: the existential fear is director, places the audience constantly on the edge of a chasm, dissolves the last “fragments” of the “conventional” themes at the beginning and separates them, dissolves them in Larsen of frequencies strongly destabilizing.
The Metaphysics is the central theme of Suite II, we try to “portray” the inaudible sound spectrum, we try to recreate the “end” of every tangible empiricism; to this complex task we use sound generators, krell patches, collages (samples) of contemporary (musical genre) and what transcends the traditional and academic: structure, melody, harmony and metric they are almost totally “informal”.
ThaBaaz in -reb0und- inserts and “deforms” short phrases and solos (woodwind, violin, piano) taken from works by important exponents of contemporary music and avant-gard of the ‘900 (Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varése, Igor Stravinsky) with these ” citations “stands out, beyond the importance of innovation of such masterpieces, the multifaceted contribution to music in all its expressions; importing them in “foreign” contexts and distant from their origin (virtual modules, oscillators and automatisms of envelopes) are colored by oppressed and gloomy tones that we could approximate to those of the dark ambient genre but not only, can be identified (in the whole album) serialism (musical current) that translates into these generic guidelines: avoiding repetition and symmetry at all structural levels by working with a limited number of compositional elements for each musical cell (in the piece). This in order to synthesize and label, describe in a few lines the supporting columns of -reb0und-.
We need the “tradition” of the avant-gard itself to search for another.
The work does not present rhythmic and percussive lines, only in 2 pieces we recognize some measures in sinusoidal pulsations, this almost total “rhythmic absence” has “freed” the time from the usual role and task of metric and timbral constant, repetitive, “symmetrical” quantization “.
Using an exquisitely didactic vocabulary: the crown, the breath; the almost absolute absence of timbral pulsation reiterates itself emphasizing, emphasizing the incessant sound disruption that takes place in the succession of the two Suites before the listener.
Last but not least, the final mastering part was followed with “meticulous” attention by Kill KRT (friend of the author of -reb0und-) who tried to “accelerate” some “dissonant” color both on the timbral dynamics and on waveforms.
From the “warmth” of the wave (sawtooth) to the “emptiness” of the white noise; to you -reb0und-
I follow subtle seismic ambient vibrations that immerse me in a deep state in-between the world of dreams and the dream about distant worlds covered in a fog of colours.
Rhythmic and slow landscapes.
The sound is sometimes described as slow IDM. The distinct feature of the album is that only a few tracks have real drum samples, however, almost all of them are quite rhythmical. Rhythms are created just the way J. M. Jarre did that on “Zoolook” – using weird sounds, pulsing synths, and very clear melodies. Due to the lack of easily recognized drums, the album is sometimes ascribed to ambient, however, I’d call it “seismic ambient”, because of extremely heavy basslines.
Premier album de 6klop, Naskigo est le fruit d’un an et demi de travaux aussi bien expérimentaux que plus traditionnels.
L’album relate une histoire qu’on ne raconte pas, parle des choses qu’on ne dit pas.
Ce n’est pas un voyage, encore moins un périple, au contraire.
First album of 6klop, Naskigo is the result of one year and half of work.
It tells a story that we can’t tell, talk about things that we can’t speak.
It’s not a journey, not a trip, quite the reverse.
Recorded in Dieppe (France) between 2015 and 2017.
Music composed by Romain Aupaix-Lecloux-Bésiat [Alb].
Artwork by Cassiopée Facheris.
Art Electronix comes back releasing with our netlabel offering you a straight remix EP of one of their tracks. Just like the style of the genre, this release is the stirring in various forms of the primal matter of the first track, and stil it renders a powerful shot of all the Artist’s feature.
But let Egene and Katerina themselves tell about the concept of “Inside The Box EP:
«At the end of this summer our colleague from Poland (who works under the pseudonym Ixirell) wrote to us to send him samples from the title track.
After that, we invited another DJ and musician from Ukraine (Breaksage) to write down his version as well.
The cover was developed by the VJ Lena Dzhurina.
The concept of this work is primarily in the minimalism and psychological mental hooks, which often have to be worked out by creative people working with a limited set of tools. Thus, the idea of this collection is an example of how a musician using a small set of instruments, depending on personal perceptions, skills and psychological qualities, is able to come up, develop and transform a certain musical idea, inviting an outside observer to immerse himself in the inner world of the creator and his approach.
And it is this minimal approach that suggested the title of the track, since the music was made using only two box devices (a bass synth and a drum machine).
We recently learned about the experiment of Ludwig Wittgenstein, who showed that people are not able to understand each other to the end. This experiment was called “The Beetle in a Box” and we were interested in the concept that there are many interpretations of how the creative idea should develop and only when compared with already known paradigms a person can make some sort of conclusion, such as: it’s original, and it is primitive, or it pleases, and it saddens, but these conclusions can still be wrong or misunderstood. Therefore, we decided to tie together the idea of imperfection of human relations, the frequent inability to correctly understand one’s inner world and the chance to minimalism, as a way to return to the source. To that state without piling up with all sorts of concepts, where you can try to realize what kind of “Beetle or bug” is inside your box, and also whether you can be considered a beetle what lies in your neighbor’s box».
Edition number 7 of the popular Digital Family compilation series. 11 unreleased tunes, carefully orchestrated by label conductors Alic.
On the decks you can find new talents like Whoknowswhocares, Stoertebeker, Medular, Nicorus or Adamson (aka 50% of Alic), MNGRM, One Dub Connection and well-known label-veterans such as Trilingo, Daäna, Bratenschneider and Point! Expect deep groovers, progressive hypnotics, chunky breaks and melodic minimalism.
The 3-rd edition of The Feel of DEFIL project = 37 tracks and over 2 hours of vintage guitars music and different styles (progrock, alternative rock, metal, blues, chillout, improvisation, you name it).
Collective composition: An Attempt for Balance
Four individual sequences were mixed together. The structure was left intact – as it is – however overall volume levels of each contribution were adjusted in hope to create situation which would validate and accommodate all participating sounds as well is possible.
Mixed by Slavek Kwi, January 2018. Many thanks to Tony, Dallas and Darius for agreeing to this little experiment and to Chris for making it available to your ears.
Darius Ciuta: kadk2
Slavek Kwi: Time_R
Usually, when I am staying somewhere overnight and there is a clock ticking, it is rapidly removed from the room and ends up behind the doors. However, ticking sounds of clocks – even grandfather’s giant chiming clock – were part of my sound environment in my childhood. The sound of ticking has certain determination to it; destination-like quality. You can always hear it. For this piece I decided to use ticking sounds and the end of resonance of chime as basic material to evolve.
Recorded in January 2018, Mountshannon, Ireland.
Dallas Simpson: Vibrating Air: Wood / Metal / Water / Stone.
An environmental observation and improvisation recorded live on location near the village of Lambley, Nottinghamshire, UK on 4th February 2018 at 7am to 8am in a single take. All sounds and spatial choreography was created live on location. The recording was edited and mixed as my contribution to the Plus Timbre collaboration release in 2018.
Many thanks to Plus Timbre and the other artists participating: Darius Ciuta / Slavek Kwi / Tony Whitehead.
dallas simpson 05/02/18
Tony Whitehead: By the river, in the forest
Improvisations with natural objects. Dartington Hall and East Dartmoor.
Collective composition: As It Is
Four individual sequences were mixed together without any adjustments. Mixed by Slavek Kwi, January 2018. Many thanks to Tony, Dallas and Darius for agreeing to this little experiment and to Chris for making it available to your ears.
“Railway Footbridge Improvisation For One Adult and Two Children”
This work was created as a result of both joining a local walking group, the Netherfield Strollers and inspiration from an environmental improvisation workshop that was conducted at Hull University earlier this year as part of their Sound + Environment 2017 conference.
A walk with the Strollers earlier in the year introduced me to Carol and her two grandchildren, Eben (10) and Finlay (7). During our walk we crossed over a railway footbridge and then followed a footpath where I introduced the children to some simple sound making using a found stick and the railway boundary metal fence, then blowing ‘cawing’ sounds using our thumbs and a blade of grass. They loved it. And so the seeds of a freeform intuitive environmental improvisation were sown using both a prepared environment and found sound objects in the manner of the Hull Workshop at the location of the railway footbridge we discovered on the walk. This would feature Eben, Finlay and myself as freeform performers / improvisers.
As preparation for the performance I visited some of the houses adjacent to the footbridge to warn them of our activities at night just in case they may be disturbed by our soundings. The response varied from mild hostility, to curiosity, to support and even one couple asking if they could join in! I replied that they were most welcome.
Having obtained permissions from their mother Nicola, we gathered on the 9th December 2017 first at my house for a bit of instruction in making sounds with the objects I was preparing the location with (Aluminium Searchlight Mirror, 4 inch Fired Brass Gun Shell, Bull Roarer, various Plastic Pipes of different widths and lengths, Gong Beater, Long Thin Spring and a few other sundry items.) Following this brief instruction we went to the location in the dark at about 7:30pm and after placing the sound objects to prepare the location, we had a few moments silence, then made a short walk in to the start of our improvisation.
The performance consisted of two Movements:
First Movement: Outward (Practise, Vox ad-lib) Joyous.
Second Movement: Return (Performance, Vox tacit) More Meditative.
I was struck by the zeal and enthusiasm of the two children. They followed my example and were soon experimenting and making their own sonic discoveries. Found sound objects included the structural metalwork of the bridge itself, the metal fencing and lamp posts. Other found items included various pieces of discarded litter, drinks cans, plastic bags, drinking straws, sticks, branches, leaves and stones.
The only additional instructions given were that during the Outward (Practise) we could speak if we wished, but not to speak on the Return (Performance) movement. Quite spontaneously they incorporated the ‘thumb cawing’ sounds into the Second Return (Performance) Movement and made many exciting sonic discoveries such as the ‘frog sounds’. A few passers-by were briefly present while crossing the footbridge.
All audio was recorded binaurally and continuously as single takes using custom modified in-ear DPA4060 microphones directly into a Sound Devices 744T digital recorder.
All spatial choreography was created intuitively during the recording by dallas simpson.
Editing and minor corrective EQ was done using Cockos Reaper software.
Headphone listening is recommended for a full 3-D surround sound experience.
Photographs by dallas simpson.
Sincere thanks to Eben and Finlay for their inspiring participation, and to Carol and Nicola for their approval, plus supporting and helping during the preparation and performance.
Dallas Simpson, December, 2017.
“games of sounds” = m.i.y. (mix it yourself)
organize 2 (or more) groups of modules and play it simultaneously in random mode
(or alternatively you can decide yourself about combinations) from 2 (or more)
based on Uchat M
Composed by Slavek Kwi in between June 2017 and January 2018,
Cave Studio, Ireland. Based on various field recordings,
focused mainly on animal voices, collected around the planet Earth,
underwater and in ultrasonic zone included.
A few brief appearances of James Kwi singing while clapping bones.
2. Just Pretending to Understand
3. Kol Nidre
6. Semoga Mimpi Indah dalam Meninggalkan Dunia
7. Slinkies Whispering Feverishly In A Wet Tunnel
8. This is Half a Duet