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phil minton / dylan nyoukis : 1 sided LP
(live at knot gallery athens, november 2011).
edition of 300 (πτωματα κατω απο το κρεββατι / phase records / mafia)
it was in dhalgren that i had read about a father getting fired, and who trying not to depress his family about it, wakes up every day, shaves, dresses himself up, has breakfast and leaves for his “work”. where does he spent his almost 8 to 10 hours? a mystery. perhaps crying on a park’s bench or drinking or whatever. however, there are times when reality creates even more dystopian images than those in sam delaney’s aforementioned opus… it was through such events that our interest in the human voice was brought again forward, and it was upon a discussion on the instruments that we might fancy to hear after the quake of our mechanized world, that we decided on the human voice. it was something that evolved naturally, as since the depression’s outbreak, little by little we’ve started digging recordings of the human voice (voice as the original instrument to quote joan la barbara’s classic recording). so when the idea of setting up a live set focused only on the human voice came up, the names of phil minton and dylan nyoukis were thrown on the table immediately and without hesitation we invited them for what turned out to be one the most physical and vital live sets we had set up for a looong time. a set of vocal pirouettes and juxtapositions between dylan and phil which send us flying for almost half an hour that night at the basement of knot gallery and once again fueled our enthusiasm for adventure and quest. besides this, it turned into a great opportunity for 3 fellow conceptualists (ourselves) to collaborate on something they fancied and out of their enthusiasm this document is being released.
Matteus creates on a basis of dérive. Travelling through a number of destinations, he documents a series of images, experiences and people. In liquid Mary, the context of his work is icy, almost haunted, with song writing being at the epicenter. Hand crafted 3D decoupage cards in envelopes. White Cd-r. Edition of 60 distinct items.
Children’s improvised music workshop
orl12 | 3” Cd-r
A team of children’s creative abilities enthusiasts collaborate with young musicians, providing all necessary amenities and freedom for them to interact with each other as members of a free improvised band. This edition is based on recordings from a series of workshops that took place in 2009 at Kinky Kong, Athens. 200 gms coloured paper. White Cd-r. Artwork design by Tasos Stamou. Edition of 100 copies.
“34:13_Ambeliona” is the 13th solo release of Mecha/Orga, the project of sound artist Yiorgis Sakellariou. The album is based on field recordings that Sakellariou made in the mountain village of Ambeliona. The captured sounds, originating from a huge variety of sources, from thunders and heavy rain to church bells and insects, were not digitally processed. Selected fragments and passages from the recordings were used in an audio montage which is divided into four parts.
Contains field recordings made in Ambeliona, Peloponnese during three consecutive summer periods (2010-2012). Composed by Yiorgis Sakellariou at Ambeliona, August 2012
mastering & graphic by Themistoklis Pantelopoulos, October 2012
photo from Ambeliona, April 2011
This is a live recording of a concert that took place in Knot Gallery in Athens 05/13/2012. Performing with modular synthesizer systems and electromechanic devices the artists built long duration soundscapes of sine waves, mechanical noise and electronic pulsers. The audience had the choice to move in the place perceiving the sound in different timbre and level.
Along with the sound performance, Vassilis Koundouris (www.studio19st.com ) manipulated the system’s output signal producing video projections of Chladni Patterns
Raitis Upens is an experimental music sound artist from Riga, Latvia in Eastern Europe. Since 2010 he works in the fields of musique concrète, field recordings and minimalism genres. He is also one half of duo Phonic Psychomimesis. Current interests are searching for new sampling possibilities, real-time mixing techniques and concrete sound improvisation.
The recordings for this release are taken in Hospital “Gaiļezers”. The chosen location is accidental or logically determined by accident, but recordings as such are more or less intentional. In them there is voice cacophony, snoring patients, lifts and special ambient frequencies, captured with a hidden recorder while the artist’s body explored with unknown devices. The aim was to extend few aesthetic atmospheres not only by looping, but continuously reproducing or recreating essential properties. The recording comprises of five simple parts built up from approximately hundred cuts…
probably you’ve heard about this one before, as the internet has been buzzing about it for some days now, but here it goes if you’ve been living under a rock. The great greek Soundeyet blog has commisioned and compiled a killer album of rembetika covers by some great contemporary artists such as Daniel Padden,Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides,Ignatz, Astral Social Club, Mike Cooper & Viv Corringham, e.a., hoping to do their bit in keeping the rembetika love and influence alive and kicking. Lend an ear below, and go to the release’s page on the blog to download the thing for free and get full info.
another curio that might leave some scratching their heads in puzzlement, even thought it should be as self-evident as the sun. A product, or distillation, of a good deal of creative fusion taking place in the sub-strata of athens’ creative undercurrents, an ecstatic burst from a cheery bunch of non-youngsters, ‘Yparxei Provlima Amalia’ translates to ‘There is a problem, Amalia’, Amalia being the name of a certain cat if my memory serves me right. The record was recorded on 13.7.2012 and contains a mixture of electronic music, snatches of sound and music concrete. The soundcloud clip underneath, contains what seems to be sounds of people faking frog sounds, or actual frog sounds recorded badly, but i’d say who did what here could well be beyond the point. This was recorded by Yparxei Provlima Amalia with the help of friends, and mixed by Panos Alexiadis.
ok, here’s for the, now monthly, echomusic release. This one’s from the, unbeknown to us prior to this, Lithuanian artist, Arturas Bumšteinas. The release, whose title actually translates to ‘This is the Last Sunday’, is a live recording of a solo performance of his in Warsaw -last one in a series of Sunday concerts organized in the particular venue between 2009 and 2012, as echomusic informs us. ‘To Ostatnia Niedziela’ is also a title of a world-famous tango composed by Jerzy Petersburski in Warsaw (1935), and a two-second fragment of this tango was apparently used in the end of Bumšteinas’ performance. Bumšteinas performs here using bowed bicycle wheels, tone generators and a tape player.
new Mecha/Orga release, on the beautiful orila label, comprising of field recordings that took place in various countries (Belgium, Greece, Lithuania, England) between 2010 and 2012, and were re-composed for the purposes of this piece. According to the press release, 18:36 is divided in four chapters, through which the combination of industrial sound and sound produced without any human activity is dominant.
the release is on silver cd-r. Designed by bend dot gr and orila, it is an edition of 60.
Mecha/Orga is the project and recording name of Greek sound artist Yiorgis Sakellariou, a self-taught musician working in the arenas of computer music and field recordings. Having a background in classical and folk (Mediterranean) music, he came to develop his personal language during the ’00s. Since then, he has been active internationally being responsible for solo albums, having composed music for short films and theatrical performances, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe.
His practice is founded on the digital manipulation of environmental recordings. His palette of sounds is all-encompassing; from vibrating rail-tracks to refrigerators’ static, and from noisy waterfalls to the humming of insects, all may find their place in his arsenal. He only performs in absolute darkness, fostering an all-inclusive and profoundly submerging sonic experience. Also a member of the Athenian Contemporary Music Research Centre (founded by I. Xenakis) and of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers’ Association. Since 2004 he runs the label Echomusic.
new entry in this very exciting 3″ series from more mars. Once again, quite limited at a run of 120 copies. This one is a recording by Costis Drygianakis. One of the most important people in the greek experimental music community of the late 80s and onwards, Drygianakis has acted both as a composer and as the artistic director of the influential label “Δίσκοι ΕΔΩ” (EDO records). For this release, he contributes a track that is based on the music composed for the installation by Manolis Yiannadakis with the same title (diadromi-tr: itinerary), that was presented in the Mylos Gallery, Thessaloniki, in January 2000. The material has been re-composed for the purpose of this release.