SEBASTIAN MEISSNER / RAN SLAVIN / ERAN SACHS
Presence/Absence: Into The Void

[Sub Rosa, www.subrosa.net]

Kazimierz is a distinct part of Krakow [Poland] where for hundreds of years Jewish culture co-existed with Polish. After the exterminations during World War II, Kazimierz was left by the wayside and became a ghost-town of sorts. Three composers came together to re-examine Kazimierz of today. How can an area of town so full of promising cultural events geared around the Jewish culture be so devoid of the living Jewish mass? And vice versa, what effect does the absence of Jewish community in Kazimierz have on the events that happened to promote the very culture it has lost? Commissioned especially for the 13th Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow in June of 2003, the album is based on two factors. First, there were field recordings the trio collected in Kazimierz, Nowa Huta [a rather ugly, communist industrial area of Krakow] and Brzezinka [Nazi concentration camp]. Then there are samples that were used [without permission but with respect] from Frank London, Itzhak Perlman and various archives of Krakow's Jewish Culture Festival. Finally, excerpts of interviews made it into the final piece, along with conversations with Eran Sachs and Ran Slavin. To make it clear, each of the artists comes from a different background. While Sebastian Meissner is a music composer, sound designer and photographer who has worked in audio-visual medium, Ran Slavin is mainly a film maker as well as an audio-visual artist. Eran Sachs works as an improviser, composer and sound-artist, as well as a curator. While collecting source materials for the project, each of the men were in fact preparing for a multi-media performance that took place at the Krowoderska52 in June of 2003. This and the sound-sources is what "Into the Void" is based on. At times like these, words simply fail. Sure, it would've been nice to be at the performance to get a full aspect of the trio's message. The audio portion itself is full of brief samples of various vocals and chants. From Meissner's section, "(The larger the distance from Krakow is the more) Kazimierz is sexy" is a perfect contender of mysterious sample / source material of the day. While it may resemble music, it could have very well been recorded while walking down a busy street. The next piece features some crazed improvisation that is muffled by effects and spliced up for good measure. "Barszcz z Pierogami u Polakowskiego" features a steady drum beat that is lightly augmented by an accordion and turntables. Ran Slavin's portion "Segments from the Snow" features alien audio forms recorded mostly in Nowa Huta. Its ultra-realistic industrial feel spells abandonment right through. Eran Sachs' "Memory Gaps" is even more alien than Slavin's industrial attempts. Taking the cue from industrial music and field recordings, his section is full of static, grating industrial-like sounds, metal on metal. Then, on the closing piece "Crackle" he settles down into an orchestral-ambient mode. The piece sounds like trickling of rain drops one minute, while moving into laser sounds and unrecognizable modulated synth sounds the next. Ideal finish to a project that shows a progressive side to the Jewish culture that has been so vital in the make up of the beautiful [and once again] lively Kazimierz.

- 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