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“Sound Canvas 2. Compilation of Sound Art, Minimal and Experimental Music” (Mikroton Digital 20, compilation) (updated)

Am 01. Mai erscheint die Compilation “Sound Canvas 2. Compilation of sound art, minimal and experimental music” auf dem Moskauer Label Mikroton Digital:

In 2008 I released the first part of Sound Canvas inviting such artists like Lawrence English, Sawako, Wouter van Veldhoven, Alva Noto, Frank Bretschneider, Alexei Borisov, Anton Nikkilä, Knut Aufermann, Frans de Waard, Heribert Friedl, Sascha Neudeck, Zenial, and myself to contribute a track. The first part dealt with sound art and minimal music and I was going to release a second part with improvised and noise music a bit later in 2009. The compilation was almost ready and something happened that hindered me from releasing it. Perhaps it had to do with the main label, Mikroton Recordings. No, I don’t remember why I didn’t do it.

Now almost 10 years later I decided to release the second part. The first part had to do, more or less, with its subtitle, with sound art and minimal music. Nowadays it’s impossible to name exactly what musicians are doing. I cannot definitely name what I do as a musician. It looks like a postmodern mix of everything what has been done before, not specially long before, it could be done 5 years ago or even a year ago. OK, I’ll stick to the term which I dislike a lot because it denotes whatever comes to mind, it depends mostly on personal listening habits and experience. Experimental music. I decided to make a compilation which could reflect my own personal view on what is going on interesting (of course, for me) in this field of music. I found where to start and quickly I saw who I could invite. These are the artists who are strongly opinionated about their own music and with definitely strong individual styles of music making. Here it is, Sound Canvas 2 with 27 tracks by 35 musicians.

— Kurt Liedwart


Auf der Compilation ist mein Track “Electric Canopy” enthalten, ein Stück aus Original Field Recordings eines australischen Superb Lyrebirds und modularem Synthesizer, der Buchla 200e Electric Music Box.

Ich bin sehr gespannt auf die weiteren Beiträge!

Erhältlich über die Webseite des Mutter-Labels mikroton.net und bei iTunes.

vitalweekly review über “Ein Abend am Modularen Synthesizer”

(Quelle: http://www.vitalweekly.net/1062.html, Review von Frans de Waard)

The cassette was in the 80s quite popular for the release of music by home-tapers, as they were called back then. But one of the downfalls of the medium was what some people saw  the flood of releases of people just ‘fiddling with their synthesizer for an hour, and release that’, and some musicians openly admitted just doing that. That made that the cassette underground, and it still is. I am not sure if Kai Niggeman and Nils Quak thought of that when they decided to call their release ‘an evening playing the modular synthesizer’. Niggeman uses a Buchla 200e Electric Music Box and Quak an Eurorack Modular System, a Ciat Lombarde Plumbutter and Native Instruments Reaktor. They played separately on a night in May 2016 so I assume side A is by Niggeman and the other side is by Quak. Obviously with modular systems things are much more complex than with a model available in the 80s for home use, and thereof results these days a much more enjoyable as stand alone releases. In that respect the situation is not the same. What happens in this hour of music is quite interesting to hear, and each has his own approach.

In general Niggeman has a somewhat loose approach in using a variety of sounds that can be colourful drones, imitating dripping water and warm oscillations. He moves from piece to piece, bit to part, part to bit, with considerable ease, and is on a big journey through ideas and motives. Nils Quak on the other hand is someone who likes to things slowly and has entered drone land a lot more. On his side one can distinguish two or three parts, of which the first is a long slow enveloping drone piece, and the second, short one, a logical extension of the first one and the third part starts out drone like but ends on a broken down, single click. Two different approaches on this tape and they both very
well. The cassette is definitely not the landfill of unwanted sounds here. (Frans de Waard)
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