PAWEL GRABOWSKI / THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC / JAMES ECK RIPPIE + PAULO RAPOSO
Product 06

[Cronica, www.cronicaelectronica.org]

Sixth in a series of Product releases on the Portuguese Cronica label, "Product 06" features a variety of artists firmly rooted in the electro-acoustic / laptop / experimental side of the spectrum.
Polish composer Pawel Grabowski says this about his piece "But I'm Not" which opens this compilation: "But I'm Not is just one, 20 minutes long track combining voices, field recordings and broken electronic sounds. It was recorded the day before I moved in to a new place, with most of my stuff laying around in boxes, the only thing that I had unpacked was my laptop and those few sounds that I used for composing this piece. The whole music was recorded that very last night in this candlelit room..." The elongated piece is a continuum study in space sounds - what sounds like asteroids slowly drifting in the sky is actually Pawel appropriating voices. What resembles creaking doors is Pawel experimenting with twisted sounds on his laptop. Truly a haunting and mesmerising take on one man sitting in an empty room, alone at night. Portuguese journalist/musician Jorge Mantas, who goes under The Beautiful Schizophonic moniker delights with a ten-part suite "Love Songs for a Psychoacoustic Girl". Made up of short vignettes that tickle and tease the ears, laptop-processed sounds are windy, shifting and mostly subtle. They run the gamut from tickling drain pipes to gurgling, bubble-drifts to gloom-and-doom appropriations and high-pitched cricket sounds. Though the piece works well as a stand alone, at the end of the suite you're left gagged and unsatisfied and pleading for more.
Finally, we arrive at the closing "Natureza Morta" by sound/media artist Paulo Raposo and visual/sound artist James Eck Rippie. Nothing on this 19 minute piece suggests that drones are not crucial in the duo's creative thought process. In fact, the luscious landscapes these two come up with turn out to be like a layered sea of winds, like a caressing ocean full of good tides. Actual wave sounds in fact seem to have made the final mix. In addition, muted jackhammer blows appear, along with cave-like sounds and ethereal samples from short-wave radio. Yet another fine piece to add to the collection of drone-induced library.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Agnes Palier/Olivier Toulemonde - Rocca
+ Joe Colley/Jason Lescalleet - Annihilate this Week
+ (N:Q) - November Quebec
+ Tetuzi Akiyama - Terrifying Street Trees - Special Edition
+ Heldén, Marhaug, Nordwall - When The Ice Is Leaving, Scandinavia Is Burning
+ Steven R. Smith - Crown of Marches
+ Lasse Marhaug - Carnival of Souls
+ RLW - I.K.K. - Purpur
+ No Movement No Sound No Memories - Removed/Acetate
+ Marble Sheep - Marble Sheep meets Circle Triangle Square
+ La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata - La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata
+ Wild Mans Band - The Darkest River
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - Anthem of the Space
+ Ziggy Kinder - Akrobatik
+ Klimek - Music To Fall Asleep
+ Mauracher - Kissing My Grandma
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Phantom/Ghost - Three
+ Posthuman - The Peoples Republic
+ Izu - Going Salamander
+ Hamid Drake and Bindu - Bindu
+ I'm Not A Gun - We Think As Instruments
+ The Process
+ Paal Nilssen-Love - Townorchestrahouse / Trinity - Sparkling / LSB - Walk, Stop, Look and Walk
+ Wechsel Garland - Easy
+ Fisk Industries - 77 And Rising
+ The Dirty Criminals - Collision Between Us And The Damned
+ Dirt Crew - The First Chapter
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon / Bodzin/Hunteman - Black Sun / Hell & Anthony Rother - German Bodymachine
+ Dan Curtin - We Are The Ones We`ve Been Waiting For
+ Steve Bug presents Bugnology 2
+ Badawi - Safe
+ Tied & Tickled Trio - a.r.c.
+ Alden Tyrell - Times Like These 1999 - 2006
+ Mr Velcro Fastener - Telemacho
+ Vessel - Pictureland 01
+ Michał Czachowski - Indialucia
+ The Year Of - Slow Days
+ Zavoloka - AGF - Nature Never Produces The Same Beat Twice
+ Planet 43/Datasette - Split EP 1

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+ THE SECONDS - Kratitude
+ THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING - Storyboard
+ MICHAEL MOORE QUINTET - OSIRIS
+ MICHAEL THIEKE UNUNUNIUM - Where Shall I Fly Not to be Sad, My Dear?
+ LA SOCIETE DES TIMIDES A LA PARADE DES OISEAUX - Tranches de Temps Jete
+ TEST ICICLES - For Screening Purposes Only
+ PUPPETMASTAZ - Creature Shock Radio
+ FELA KUTI & AFRICA 70 - Expensive Shit / He Miss Road / J.J.D. / Unnecessary Begging / Shuffering and Shmiling / No Agreement / The Best of The Black President
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Classic Erasmus Fusion
+ COLDCUT - Sound Mirrors
+ QUATUOHR - [kju:], too
+ MC RAI - Raivolution
+ LISLE ELLIS / MARCO ENEIDI / PETER VALSAMIS - Sound on Survival Live / GUNDA GOTTSCHALK / PETER JACQUEMYN / UTE VOLKER - Baggerboot
+ BORIS - Pink
+ BOBBY BARE - The Moon Was Blue
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - I am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey
+ STEINBRUCHEL - Opaque (+RE) / LEROY JENKINS' DRIFTWOOD - The Art of Improvisation / DUPLEX - Late Night Driving / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Brazilian Lounge / ULTRALORD - We Hate You and Hope You Die / INTERNATIONAL PEOPLES GANG - Action Painting / ATOM HEART - Acid Evolution 1988 - 2003 / TAMMY - Amor de Computadora / BR549 - Dog Days
+ DIESELBOY - Dieselboy presents The Human Resource
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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Inaczej niż dotychczas - wywiad z Hubertem 'Spiętym' Dobaczewskim [Lao Che]
+ W oparach absurdu - wywiad z Jackiem Szymkiewiczem i Michałem Pfeifem [Pogodno]
+ Piłujące treści - wywiad z Maćkiem Cieślakiem [Ścianka]
+ Humour is important - wywiad z Ziggy Kinder