– Architekton I :
– Intersurfer :
– Architekton II :
18. Woo-Woo (Focus 1)
19. Woo-Woo (Focus 2)
– Architekton III :
33. Vakum Aspirola
– Closing :
Composed & recorded by Slavek Kwi.
All sound situations designed, composed and recorded in studio C&C , Antwerpen, Belgium between December 1996 and June 1997. Originally released as Planktone 008 on 1997.
Slavek Kwi, alias Artificial Memory Trace is a cultural and musical refugee. He walked three sleepless days without food to reach the West. This intensity and the power of his will is present in all that he does, be it the organic sound realm he creates, or the graphics and handwriting he invented.
His musical universe is a precisely structured and perfectly balanced mix of diverse « musique concrete » materials. Frederick Rzewski, his musical mentor, has assisted him over the past 5 years and has been a major influence, as has been John Cage. Slavek is a cult hero and his hit record « The Ality Absfract » has become a collectors item.
This volume of Slavek Kwi’s Artificial Trace Memory project concentrates on pulsation and rhythm. All sounds used come from concrete sources (birds, animals, household objects, street sounds, etc.), except for a computer voice and the drum beats, which were taken from a sampler CD. This album contains five works, but they are subdivided into 39 tracks — between 16 seconds and 4 minutes — themselves indexed, all this to help those who would like to sample the album (Kwi extents an explicit invitation). Stripped from their beats, these pieces would lie somewhere between electro-acoustics of a quasi-environmental nature and sound collage. With these rhythmic foundations anchoring them (from drum beats and ethnic percussion to Ping-Pong balls), they take a completely different form, even getting very close to techno on « Architekton III: Ptakodisk » (but replace the usual synthesizers with bird sounds). Vol. 7: Ritmax Asimetra should be listened to with headphones and at high volume. Stereo distribution is cleverly used and an astonishing number of sound layers give these works unusual depth. There is a whole ecosystem living in this CD and the listener needs to be able to let himself be engulfed by it. Quite a sonic experience. (François Couture, All Music Guide)
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