I tried to rework sounds from my immediate environments – seas, places where I stayed and everyday life. I was inspired by absence of people in a blue sea. Absence can create silence that is more unsettling than merely contemplative. I prefer to think about absence rather than silence – absence of sound is much more active, compelling a listener to fill these gaps in. Physically and metaphorically it creates a space for multiple projections. – Vlad Dobrovolski
Comes in a lovely sleeve with gorgeous illustrations by Grisha and vinyl-like inner sleeve. Limited to 500 copies….
After 9 years of silence, here’s the 11th album from the unclassifiable Brussels-based duo. With their usual tamping drums (just mention the two parts of “The Decision to Exist” or “Same Area”, led by a ferocious 808), a regular bass guitar hammering, some bare minimum poor voices, threatened violins, skinbound flute and oboe here and there, a distorted furious piano everywhere and finally some tiny cautious optimism (the extra-human guitar in “Enough Slaps”).
The whole is carefully assembled in order to obtain an accurate picture of life on Earth. “Pain” and “Pleasure” are different aspects of the same mental construction.
There is a hidden track inside this release. To reveal it you need two turntables (or ability to play two digital files in one go) and synchronization skills. Double 180g LP, packed in two disco-sleeves with transparent plastic slipcase with ziplock. Limited to 300 copies.
Vtol is the project of Dmitry Morozov, Moscow media artist, musician and engineer of strange sounding mechanisms. In the mid 00s Dmitry started to use actively his DIY and Circuit Bent instruments for his own music projects, as well as making instruments for other musicians and media artists. He is the first batch producer of music and video synthesizers at the post-Soviet area. Besides making music and instruments, Dmitry creates audiovisual art installations and promotes Circuit Bending and DIY Electronics in Russia by means of lectures and workshops.
Papa Srapa is a contemporary visionary, analog synths shaman and sound artist. His name is Eduard Srapionov. His DIY music instruments have no analogues in this world and are constantly changing for better. He calls himself no composer, neither musician nor inventor. He doesn’t use many words, calls himself Papa Srapa and his music — “Experimental electronic”. He lives and works in Rostov-on-Don.
320 numbered copies on black 12′ vinyl packed into gorgeous holographic jacket…
Testarossa is third studio album by Brinstaar. He says that this album is dedicated to redheaded blue-skinned Goddess. This work is reflecting Brinstaar’s deep and emotional chase for the elusive moment of infinite bliss that keeps him alive and conscious.
While using mainly processed guitars for Infotswetock and synths for Mielisss, Brinstaar uses a lot of acoustic instruments and field recorded sounds in Testarossa now, thus creates much more intimate compositions. Of course, his specialty mesmerizing synth parts and precisely constructed guitar timbres are still here too.
‘I was creating Infotswetock using my guitar and some pedals, you can hear a synth I used in some tracks, it seems to be Polivoks as far as I remember. I had nowhere to play at that time, so I grabbed up my stuff and get it to the work office, and play the music when I had a break (and by the way, I want to say thanks to all colleagues and owners for the great patience they paid to me).
I made a creation process in the way of playing with hardware for a while to the moment I got sound I liked, then I get myself deep into sonar meditation. I improvised until I had my mind completely off, then I push the record button and get a condensed and intensive version in a right state of mind. Every track holds a several lines recorded in this way. For 2 years, while I was working on the album, I made hundreds of tracks, then I started to collect the coolest ones of them… then I dreamed a name Infotswetock, and that is how it was born.’ – Brinstaar