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Snufmumriko * Arovane & Porya Hatami

Organism Evolution

Snufmumriko

SNUFMUMRIKO – DRÖMBOKEN

Snufmumriko is the somewhat inexplicable alias of Swedish producer Ingmar Wennerberg.
Dromböken – his third full album since 2015 – is best translated as Book of Dreams, and indeed the album breathes a dreamy atmosphere. Not the cold isolationist kind that you’d probably expect from a Scandinavian act, but a warm sound in which you can immerse yourself comfortably.

Dromböken “explores an ethereal landscape of dream where the past meets the future and joy wrestles with a sense of pain and loss.”

The warm synth washes, drones and field recordings are completed with subtle IDM and dub techno rhythms, as to keep you awake and alert. It is exactly the combination of sounds that is needed to make this album stand out from the multitude of current ambient releases.
Experiencing this Dream Book can be as refreshing as a good night’s sleep!


Organism Evolution

AROVANE & PORYA HATAMI – ORGANISM_EVOLUTION   Also on Spotify

I don’t think a better title could have been found for this collection of tracks merging Musique Concrête with Electro Acoustic experiments.
Though each of the (23!) tracks are created using “techniques like modular synthesis, granular synthesis, spectral processing, granular synthesis, resynthesis and resonator/modal synthesis”  they manage to evoke  a feeling that you are listening to a highly amplified recording of complex organic lifeforms. It’s as if you stick your microphone deep into, say, an anthill and listen to what that sounds like (I only refer to the auditive experience, not the tactile!)

I suppose these electro-acoustic experiments are far beyond the concept of  ‘music’ for most listeners – but the detailed production creative complexities are a feast for everyone interested in (more or less complex) electro-acoustic soundscapes.

Organism_Evolution is the follow-up to Organism (released in January 2017). Both albums share (almost) the same cover art and musical concept, thus can easily be seen as one project. That is why Karl Records  also offered these titles as a 2-CD set for a limited edition, but as far as I can see this is sold out by now. But don’t let that discourage you to check out the digital version(s)!

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David Toop * Lawrence English * John Grzinich

David Toop Entities

David Toop Entities

DAVID TOOP – ENTITIES INERTIAS FAINT BEINGS

Contemplating a release on the Room40 label, David Toop asked Lawrence English “Why would anybody release music in the 21st century?
“He laid out his philosophy;” Toop continues, “I was convinced.”

The philosophy of Lawrence English is not further explained here and may remain a mystery, but Entities Inertias Faint Beings is an answer to the question in itself: because there are always new territories to explore…  Because there always will be new languages to come…

Toop takes his material from all over the world, from all kind of instruments and all kind of environments – from east to west, natural as well as electric and ethereal.
He then combines them into complete alternate realities, creating music that is unlike anything you heard before, music that feels like it’s not from this world at all.
It is ‘environmental’ music, in a way, assimilating the atmosphere of “the placement of stones in Japanese stone gardens, the chanting of Buddhist sutras, daylight listening in thin air, kookaburra chatter, catapult elastic, radio waves in a kettle, electric buzzers….” (and possibly everything else you can imagine).
But at the same time it isn’t – because no environment sounds as mysterious like this.


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Approaching Nothing

LAWRENCE ENGLISH – APPROACHING NOTHING

Approaching Nothing is a very direct reference to Presque Rien (Almost Nothing)  by Luc Ferrari, one of the earliest soundscape compositions (1970) including what R. Murray Schafer defined as ‘soundmarks’ (“a sound which is unique to an area”) – “Once a Soundmark has been identified, it deserves to be protected, for soundmarks make the acoustic life of a community unique.”
And it’s not just a reference in title: for this album Lawrence English traveled to Vela Luka (Croatia) – the exact location where the original sounds for Ferrari’s ‘Presque Rien’ were recorded. So it might very well be possible that some of these soundmarks were present on the original recordings also. I guess there are: the sound of the boats is exactly the same, the only difference is in the enhanced recording techniques.

Though they are subtly edited and manipulated to complete a detailed postcard-like view of the surroundings (and sometimes not very subtly: at some moments a passing car is deliberately cut off quite radically to shift to another scene), these are the most ‘natural’ kind of environmental recordings imaginable. There is no ‘musical’ content at all – no other instruments, no musical arrangements, no enhancements or processing. There shouldn’t be, of course: if there was one thing that Luc Ferrari’s ‘Presque Rien’ demonstrated it was that music everywhere around for those who care to listen.


John Grzinich

JOHN GRZINICH – PREVAILING WIND, TANGLED UNDER

For those interested in environmental recordings, the Corollaries series on the Crónica label is a definite must-check.
This (sixth) edition in the series is an acoustic exploration of a deserted, metal water tower about four stories high made by soundscape artist John Grzinich.

“People are pulled inward upon hearing the depth of the reverberations from within. In numerous instances time seemed to stop as we gathered around, crawling about, climbing, plucking, bowing, striking, howling, stringing and generally playing in and around the great structure.”

Two single-take recordings were made: “the first was a dialogue of sorts between three artists carried out through sporadic sounds and the second was a solo follow-up to meditate on how the various artifacts attached in the previous months were affected by the windy conditions”.

The metallic sounds – clangs, whistles, whispers and moaning – from within the tower suggest that it’s alive and breathing.
A fascinating recording of post-industrial environmental ambience, available as a Name Your Price download (as are all editions in this series).

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