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ANATOLY PERESLEGIN: Passion Models

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 13 2004
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Artist: ANATOLY PERESLEGIN (@)
Title: Passion Models
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Rated: *****
I remember that when I was a young teenager my brother was used to record contemporary music on Italian Radio 3 radio station. Today when I put on my CD player Anatoly Pereslegin's CD PASSION MODELS I was amazed how much these recordings were remembering me the ones my brother was recording then! What kind of stuff can you find into these tracks? On the CD cover you can find a phrase that could explain very well what PASSION MODELS is: "Sinth fantasies for the symphonic orchestra". The nine movements are gathered under the name of five imaginary models, so you can find Matthew for track 1, Mark for tracks 2 and 3, Luke for tracks 4 and 5, John for tracks 6 and 7 and Thomas for tracks 8 and 9. The tracks recalled me the soundtracks of certain early expressionist movies where the music was giving half of the atmosphere. Musically the tracks are really intriguing and alternate moments of apparently calm with a lot of crescendo where the strings duel with the organ or the cembalo parts. On some moments you can find yourself involved into a sort of musical storm where violins and cellos create a complex web of sounds which make you lose your senses. The CD is a good one but sometimes the sounds used are similar on most of the tracks and this make you lose your attention.

ANTANAS JASENKA: An Artist And A Plane

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Apr 09 2004
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Artist: ANTANAS JASENKA (@)
Title: An Artist And A Plane
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Rated: *****
Antanas Jasenka is a composer coming from Lithuania. He's not only a musician, he also teaches composition in M. K. Ciurlionis Art School since 2002. His work comprehend a wide spectrum of music: contermporary, experimental, avant garde, electronic and chamber music. His latest work is titled AN ARTIST AND A PLANE and it represents his experimental / industrial side. The CD is divided in two long hypnotic suites "Artac" (which is divided into five different movements) and "Electronic Suartines". The first part sees Antanas experimenting with digital sounds where he creates a complicated but intriguing web of sounds and cyclic rhythms / loops. Sometimes it reminds me of some Boyd Rice and Coil compositions (do you remember the MLP as Sickness Of Snakes?) where long sounds hypnotize the audience while hissing sounds come and go creating disturbing moments. The second part of the CD takes its inspiration from the Lithuanian art of polyphonic singing. Some parts of the suite are made by the folk ensemble Trys Keturiose but Antanas mixed and treated them with electronic sounds and digital bleeps. As result you get a twenty minutes long suite which little by little encrease its pathos giving to the audience a growing sense of tension. An interesting work which will fulfill your experimental needs.

VV.AA.: Lupinaria Uccide

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Apr 02 2004