Nov 032013
 

Mikroton Recordings presents:

Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart — Vtoroi

CD | Mikroton CD 25

The first Mikroton release featuring Russian musicians Ilia Belorukov, a saxophonist from Saint-Petersburg, and Kurt Liedwart, an electronic and computer musician from Moscow who also runs the label. It’s their second longplaying work following Obwod which was released on Copy For Your Records. On the new CD the duo goes even further into the realm of unknown contriving to work with silence, space and chance with their traditional means like sinewaves and saxophone’s long tones. Saxophone preparations went into the background now and Ilia focuses on working with the saxophone’s surface using contact microphones which he feeds into a guitar mini-amp. At the same time Liedwart actively uses field recordings which he unexpectedly intertwines into the music texture. The duo offers its listeners to witness the investigation of saxophone’s new possibilities and synthesizer capabilities of ppooll. Eventually the duo finds itself not only in the field of contemporary improvised music but it also employs the means of Wandelweiser composers and noise.

 

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Margareth Kammerer — Why Is The Sea So Blue

CD | Mikroton CD 26

In Why Is The Sea So Blue Margareth Kammerer continues to explore songs in experimental music contexts, elaborately interweaving lyrics into nine wistful soundscapes.  Originally recorded in 2006, with the band consisting of Christof Kurzmann (voice, saxophone), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Burkhard Stangl (vibraphone), Werner Dafeldecker (double bass), Big Daddy Mugglestone (percussion) and Marcello Silvio Busato (drums), the album’s final shape emerged with the production of Valerio Tricoli in 2011, who fashioned them into rich, emotionally versatile tomes. Between the narrative duets with Kurzmann and more extended abstract incantations, the album unravels like a late afternoon walk along a rocky shore, the sky is foreboding but the wind is still warm.

 

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Common Objects: John Butcher / Rhodri Davies / Lee Patterson — Live In Morden Tower

CD | Mikroton CD 29

Rhodri Davies was commissioned by the London Musicians’ Collective to put together an ensemble and present a new work for each of the five nights of the 14th LMC Festival of Experimental Music in 2005. Since then the group has invited a number of musicians to join the core members of the ensemble. The current full line up consists of the trio heard on this CD as well as Angharad Davies and Lina Lapelyte.

Morden Tower is one of Britain’s best-known cultural landmarks. For the past 45 years, hundreds of leading poets, sound poets and experimental musicians have come from all over the world to give readings and make music in the ancient turret-room on Newcastle’s city walls.

The evening consisted of three solos followed by the trio. The trio music has a noisier and more abrasive edge to it than the solos. This may stem from a need to search beyond the now all too familiar language of reductionism or it might be a response to Morden Tower itself and the alternative scene that has historically taken place within its walls.

This is common objects’ first recording.

 

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Michael Thieke Unununium — Nachtlieder

CD | Mikroton CD 31

Walking through the night. I’m not even supposed to be here today, and so is Silent Bob.

New news of dying migrants. No attention for the paperless, what can the sailors do when the captain feels mean? Meanwhile Guy Maddin tells us his tales of amnesia, incest, death, and transfiguration decked out in low-rent expressionism and dime-store surrealism. Such a joy, joy, joy to meet somebody new. The insonnia of the homeless in the Termini train station  addressing Heinrich Heine, trying to convince us to smile in spite of the faded flowers. And you, dear Betty?

It’s 5 am. Internally displaced people in Colombia and protesters in Rome buy Berlin on a website, and sing along with old street musicians at their long gone open air coffee shop. Gentrification, cheerfully whistling through swinging doors of court halls after real estate auctions. Field recordings or fake nostalgia?

Unununium’s colour is unknown, but probably metallic and silvery white or grey in appearance. Uses: no uses known.

We play Nachtlieder, and Theodor Kramer wishes a good night to….well, he has the better words.

 

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New logo

At some point I decided to change the logo of the label to make it more abstract, dynamic and get rid of other elements like words and redundant graphics. It grew to a boxed element which I had a problem with to fit into my changing graphical style. A new logo fixed all the problems I had with the previous, it’s light, dynamic and heavily abstract to the point when it loses its trace back to the old one. Welcome to the new logo and the future!

New site and new store

The new logo also demanded a new site. And here comes the fully refurbished new site with integrated store where you can buy Mikroton CDs as well as other label's releases which I distribute. The work isn't over yet, there will be shortly new small things added here and there for your in-depth experience.