Sound Canvas | 1Compilation of sound art, minimal and improvised music | Part 1
"The art" of music making becomes the "art itself", moving away from the visceral chic that has characterised much of improvised music, towards an investigation of tension, silence, stillness, economy, volume, sensation, time, pulse, what is it to be a musician? Indeed, what is music?
Comparing, let's say, to classical music or jazz or even traditional kind of improv music, our kind of music is less going from start until the end, from A to Z. I understand music much more as a field, as a canvas or even as a space. And I can move forward, can go back again, can change the directions. For me it's like shifting around the space, the canvas. Putting texture there, colour there, a line in this place, repeat this line in another angle, in another corner of the canvas. That's how I understand this music.
Onkyo or electro-acoustic music has become a wholesome toy which is not mysterious anymore. It reflects only the society. Today nothing is really distinctive between old electro-acoustic masters and young techno kids. They both must work as the artisans in the field that they are co-sharing.
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1. Knut Aufermann Dyname2. Alva Noto Garment3. Alexei Borisov & Anton Nikkilä Pink Bread4. Frank Bretschneider Frijd5. Lawrence English A View At The Edge Of An Ice Field6. Freiband (Rough) Sketch For Autumn7. Heribert Friedl & Sascha Neudeck Co1P8. Kenneth Kirschner December 2, 20059. Kurt Liedwart Untitled10. Sawako Short Windy11. Wouter van Veldhoven Schetsje (Machinefabriek Remix)12. Zenial I'm With You
CATALOG: mikroton digital 1FORMAT: DigitalEDITION: Open EditionRELEASE: September 2008
Kurt Liedwart producer, designerLena Avdeeva photography
These are the first three releases on the new Mikroton label from Moscow, all three in the digital domain, although physical releases will follow later on. They open up with a compilation, perhaps the programm of things to come. It's a meeting of some well-known people in the field with some introductions. I have no idea how he did it, but he managed to get new (?) pieces by Alva Noto and Frank Bretschneider, and some more usual suspects as Lawrence English, Heribert Friedl and Sascha Neudeck, Lawrence English, Freiband, Sawako, Alexei Borisov and Anton Nikkilä, Kenneth Kirschner and introduces Wouter van Veldhoven, Zenial, Knuf Aufermann, Sawako and Kurt Liedwart (the man behind the label). As one can imagine, lots of digital manipulations around here. Some without too many surprises, like Alva Noto or Bretschneider, but it's the variety of approaches that makes this into quite a nice dish. Ranging from the noise of Borisov & Nikkilä and Aufermann, to the crystal clear beats of Alva Noto, Bretschneider towards the more ambient approaches of English, Liedwart, Friedl & Neudeck, Sawako, Van Veldhoven and the odd acoustic guitars of Freiband. Kirschner is also ambient, and his twenty-six minute piece is great and he steals the show by his sheer length. He also delivers four long pieces on the second release by Mikroton Digital. In the pieces 'March 20, 2007' and 'December 18, 2004, he uses his trademark piano sounds with lots of hiss, which is nice but also common ground for him. The other two pieces (all between thirteen and twenty-three minutes) are more interesting, since they sound like something which I haven't heard from him. 'January 13, 2007' is a rhythmic piece, full of sampled sounds, forming a heavy (for Kirschner at least) piece of phase shifting sounds. Maybe a bit too much in the field of computer work here. 'September 10 2006' is a very soft, ambient piece built around sine waves from all over the frequency range. Great stuff, fine release. For me Phil Raymond is a new name, and he presents two pieces of a total length of seventeen minutes. He too works with sine waves and crackles in a more ambient direction. Not too outspoken music here, not bad to hear but also something that is a bit too much in the middle. Certainly someone to keep an ear open for.
Москвич, носящий псевдоним Курт Лидварт, каким-то образом ухитрился собрать на одном диске — пусть и заочно — крупнейших звезд техно-эмбиента. Тут и берлинцы Франк Бретшнайдер и Alva Noto; и их единомышленники — русско-финский дуэт Алексей Борисов–Антон Никкиля, играющие агрессивный нойз; и нидерландский ветеран электромузыкальных экспериментов (здесь под псевдонимом Freiband воспроизводящий как бы оркестр тихих акустических гитар); и американский композитор Кеннет Киршнер. В результате получилось достоверное отражение того, как может звучать "цифровая" музыка, создаваемая чаще всего непосредственно в процессе исполнения. Рекомендуется скачать Sound Canvas I (бесплатно!), потому что на CD Лидварт собирается выпустить все очень небольшими тиражами и свернуть проект Mikroton.