In “Mare” I selected the works I composed during 2015–2017 using mostly sound sources from electronics and synthesizers. I constructed the compositions using studio improvisations from different times, I found this method quite good for finding interesting and different sounds. At the same time I wasn’t releasing many solo recordings although my hard drives got packed with recordings done for 20 years. I felt my older sounds still pursue me and the only way to get rid of them is only through publication or otherwise I could’ve drowned in the seas, or mari in Italian, of old sounds. Noise, drones, polyrhythmic excursions, glitchy unstable playing on the modular synthesizer, processed field recordings and employment of light and movement to produce sounds, all these were combined and formed the pieces on the album.
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A1. Mar BalticoA2. Mar Del NordA3. Mar LigureB1. Mar TirrenoB2. Mar AdriaticoB3. Mar Mediterraneo
CATALOG: mikroton cs 72FORMAT: CassetteEDITION: 30RELEASE: September 2017
All music by Kurt LiedwartMixed at Partisanstudio, MoscowMastered by Kurt LiedwartDesign by Kurt Liedwart
On the cassette ‘Mare’ (the Latin word for ‘sea’) he uses mostly synthesizers and electronics, and sounds from previous works he did (mostly field recordings I think) and did a whole bunch of improvisations over a longer period of time. From the improvisations he edited the compositions, which is something that his label is known to do. Rather than releasing improvised music the releases on Mikroton are compositions based on improvisations. These are mostly quiet; or rather ‘soft’ in volume, not necessarily quiet. It is, in a way, like listening to an oceanic soundscape, I think. The white noise from the machines emulate the seaside sounds of slow cascading waves; beautifully subtle and yet not entirely ambient. There is a shimmering noise side to these pieces, and that is the beauty of this. The field recordings, whatever they originally were, tumble and rumble nicely and altogether this is a great cassette. More varied, so it seems than the ‘Tone’ CD, building in intensity of the pieces and I think it’s a pity that this regaled to a cassette only. So be it.