STEPHAN MATHIEU & JANEK SHAEFER
Hidden Name

[Cronica, www.cronicaelectronica.org]

Having met for the first time back in 2002 at Canada's infamous MUTEK festival, Stephan Mathieu and Janek Shaefer developed a deep appreciation of each other's music. Three years later, they finally performed together at the Musica Genera Festival in Poland. Few month later, they spent a whole week together in a lovely manor farmhouse in the south of England [house apparently belonged to a classical composer], where they made the sounds that make up the whole of this project. They found a box of old records in the attic and used them well. "Maori Love Songs" features some deeply moving female vocals from a scratched up record. Whether the source record actually comes from Maori or not is not the point. Point is, the piece serves as a break between long movements of sparse, stillness. Piano, clarinet, cello, flute, trumpet, accordion, sitar, singing bowls, bells, voices were all used as source materials. Delicately moving passages full of drawn out cello motifs and gently harkening accordion overtones are consumed up with the sense of tranquility the two musicians must've been drawn to at this beautiful manor house. "Fugue" best encapsulates the feeling of the whole record. Its washed-over, stillness represents an unhurried nature the music making process was for these two men. "Belle Etoile" is a brief little dibbling on the piano that sounds distant, removed. With the sounds of the rain outside, it resembles a final concerto of a piano player who's about to swallow some harsh poison. If anything, there are no crescendos, no downward spirals. While you feel a certain sort of melancholy and sadness, the music just is. Comparisons to ambient atmospherics of days gone by are worthless. Whoever says they're reminded of Eno is simply not listening to the intricate details every living second offers up. Ask no questions and make no assumptions about anything from your past life. Welcome these sounds as if they were a part of your own self.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Will Guthrie - Body and limbs still look to light
+ The Czars - Sorry I Made You Cry
+ Stuart A. Staples - Leaving Songs
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Basement Jaxx - Crazy Itch Radio
+ Mateo Spedicati - Weekend At Pisano's
+ Raudive - No, No, No, No
+ Frequenzberater - Our Galaxy
+ Dan Curtin - Synaptic
+ Mandelbrot Set - All Our Actions Are Constantly Repeated
+ Pharrell - In My Mind
+ Perspects - Peopleskills
+ Pere Ubu - Why I Hate Women
+ Pan American - For Waiting, For Chasing
+ Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Osaka Bridge
+ Stefan Kuchenmeister - Anti Age
+ Paul Kalkbrenner - ReWorks
+ Kaito - One Million Love
+ Humcrush - Hornswoggle
+ A Guy Called Gerald - Proto Acid - The Berlin Sessions
+ Forest Jackson - Cymbalism
+ New York Dolls - One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This
+ Diamanten Und Raketen
+ Daedelus - Denies The Day`s Demise
+ Console - Mono
+ Pretty Boy Crossover & Julio Soto - We Are All Drifting
+ Blues... Is Number One
+ Biosphere - Dropsonde
+ Ammoncontact - With Voices
+ Miles Tilmann - Yes & No
+ The Vines - Vision Valley
+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolation
+ Orla Wren - Butterfly Wings Make
+ Yasushi Yoshida - Secret Figure
+ Zero 7 - The Garden
+ Holger Zilske meets Dave DK - Rainshower
+ Ekkehard Ehlers - A Life Without Fear
+ Shalabi/Kristian/St-Onge - Shalabi/Kristian/St-Onge
+ Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice - Gipsy Freedom
+ Bird Show - Lightning Ghost
+ Six Organs of Adimttance - The Sun Awakens
+ Makoto Kawabata - Inui
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues - Acid Mothers Temple & The Pink Ladies Blues
+ Book of Am - Book of Am
+ Gabriel Paiuk / Jason Kahn - Breathings
+ AIWA - Elnar
+ Valerio Tricoli - Metaprogramming From Within The Eye Of The Storm
+ Eric La Casa - Air.ratio
+ Jon Mueller/Jason Kahn - Supershells
+ GHQ - Heavy Elements
+ nmperign & Jason Lescalleet - Love Me Two Times
+ Gabriel Paiuk, Jason Kahn - Breathings
+ ThirstyEar - Blue Serries - wczesnojesienne remanenty
+ Wadada Leo Smith - Golden Quartet / Wadada Leo Smith' Golden Quartet - Eclipse. A film by Jacques Goldstein / Wadada Leo Smith - Reflectativity / Wadada Leo Smith - Tao-Njia

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+ TK WEBB - Phantom Parade
+ BLACK HAPPY DAY - In The Garden of Ghostflowers
+ JON LANGFORD - Gold Brick
+ RICHARD CHARTIER + TAYLOR DEUPREE - Specification.Fifteen
+ YERMO - Yermo / BEN REYNOLDS - Book of Beyond / GEOFF MULLEN - The Air in Pieces
+ BOB SCHNEIDER - The Californian
+ FOVEA HEX - Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent: One - Bloom / Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent: Two - Huge / MONOS - Generators
+ RYAN TEAGUE - Coins & Crosses
+ TIDAL / PETER DUIMELINKS - Ablution
+ MILIEU - Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars
+ SEBASTIAN MEISSNER / RAN SLAVIN / ERAN SACHS - Presence/Absence: Into The Void
>> STEPHAN MATHIEU & JANEK SHAEFER - Hidden Name
+ ANLA COURTIS - Tape Works
+ RAY WARLEIGH - Ray Warleigh's First Album
+ SKOLTZ_KOLGEN - Postpiano 07.05
+ LINDA RONSTADT / ANN SAVOY - Adieu False Heart
+ TOD DOCKSTADER - Aerial # 3
+ FLYING CANYON - Flying Canyon
+ CLARK - Boddy Riddle
+ CBD Trio - Suspension
+ TETUZI AKIYAMA / OREN AMBARCHI / ALAN LICHT - Willow Weep and Moan For Me / ORGANUM - Die Hennen Zähne / ERHARD HIRT - 25.5.1996 / PHILIP SAMARTZIS / LAWRENCE ENGLISH - One Plus One / PHILIP SAMARTZIS / KOZO INADA - h []
+ ERIC LA CASA - Air.Ratio
+ HELLER MASON - Minimalist & Anchored
+ TRANSMISSION - Beyond Light
+ QUINTET AVANT - En Concert Ă  la Salle des FĂŞtes

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Na jedną kartę - rozmowa z Piotrem Lipką i Bartkiem Pieciakowskim [Bohema]
+ Spełnienie marzeń - rozmowa z Tomaszem Grocholą [Agressiva 69]
+ Nieustanna wojna - rozmowa z Radkiem Łukasiewiczem [Pustki]
+ Mirror Of Soul - rozmowa z Paul'em Kalkbrenner'em