Each piece on Max Ananyev’s album Communication is dedicated to a particular object or phenomenon – the magnetism of water, the energy of different trees, the effect of the moon on the human psyche – all the things we don’t understand, but that we easily feel. For Max, the word “communication” relates to how he perceives the world and his direct contact with the objects in it.
Communication uses a range of acoustic instruments and electronic textures to create a sound full of acceleration, deceleration and pauses. At the heart of Max Ananyev’s music is the idea of the variation of dynamics and lack of a stable tempo in composition that mimick the unpredictable processes that occur in nature. “There is so much rhythm and tempo in our daily lives,” says Max, “it sometimes seems to me that our metronomic lifestyles deprives us of a certain freedom and means of expression.”
Born and raised in Obluchye, 8,000 kilometers from Moscow on the border with China, Max Ananyev is a Russian composer and sound producer based in St. Petersburg. Communication is his first album on Preserved Sound.
Age of Insects is the result of a series of visits made by Mark and Laura to Stephen’s studio in Virginia between May 2009 and January 2010.
The three improvised around common interests in analog electronics and digital manipulation, field recordings and instrumental performance practice. These recordings presented here feature only minimal editing and post-production, with a primary intent of capturing shared moments of listening and response.
The titles refer to extinct insects—the imagined hum and flutter of their calls, flight and communication.
Named after a Hitchcock-esque nightmare in which he was set upon by a pair of hard-winged, marauding cuckoos, David A Jaycock’s second album is step forward from the pastoral motifs of his debut, incorporating an expansive country-folk sound alongside the indigenous qualities and general oddness that have made his name.
Inside the book: 36-pages from Internet monsters Everything Is Terrible!; interviews with musician Robert Scott (the Clean, the Bats) and writer Amelia Gray; music profiles of S. Fla’s finest, The Jacuzzi Boys, and UK ’90s cult band Disco Inferno; fiction by Stacey Levine; photographs by Ted Barron and Gracie Remington; art by Saul Chernick, Pavel Tchelitchew, Cassie Ramone, Ilyas Ahmed.