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Two compositions from Eugeniusz Rudnik, and a large work from vocalist Maja S. K. Ratkje performed live at The Polish Radio Experimental Studio using Rudnik's samples, her voice, and her own concrete elements in a virtual "dialog" with the composer.

Ratkje, Maja S. K.
In Dialogue with Eugeniusz Rudnik

Ratkje, Maja S. K. : In Dialogue with Eugeniusz Rudnik (Bolt)

Label: Bolt    
Released in: Poland    

"Making music is to be in constant dialogue with your own aesthetics and preferences. In inspired moments, you can get surprised by where the process leads you. And in welcoming circumstances, there are no limits or sneaking doubts that disallow you to try out any possibility. The electronic music made by Eugeniusz Rudnik unquestionably encourages such a position. Working with his music has been greatly inspiring, and the nature of his music feels strangely fitting to my own approach to electronic media. [...] When asked to compose music based upon some of Rudnik's classic works, I was thrilled to hear his non-idiomatic use of field recordings and voices. I have worked with such sounds since I first started to create my own electronic pieces. And the always changing arsenal of concrete sounds that I carry along when I improvise live in concerts has many similar qualities to the musical world of Rudnik. I thought this task could go well."-Maja S. K. Ratkje

"There are two of his pieces on this CD, some twenty minutes in total, and in the middle a thirty-minute piece by Ratkje. The pairing of these two has to do with the fact they both use a lot of voice material in their music and it's Ratkje paying homage to the work of Rudnik. In the first piece by him it's perhaps not that obvious to hear it's based on voice material, even it's part of it. It could, perhaps, be any kind of fine electro-acoustic treatment of voice material as well as perhaps something else. 'Divertimento' (1971) is a great piece, one from the canon of modern electronic music. It's not easy to say why, but within these ten minutes there is a lot of slowed down voice, repetition and wackiness: it's perhaps a fun piece. In Rudnik's other piece, 'Breakfast On The Grass In The Cave of Lascaux', from 2002, there is more slowed down voice, but with an updated technology, it sounds also a bit like rehash of 'Divertimento', but seems to be missing the same playfulness. It's not a bad piece at all, but perhaps a bit too serious in comparison.

Ratkje's piece combines more things: her voice, field recordings and electronics. Her piece has also some nice playful elements, owing to the world of improvised music perhaps more than Rudnik's pieces, and is more distributed over the thirty minutes her piece lasts. There is a fine element of 'roughness' here, like dictaphone abuse and other lo-fi sounds, making this excursion a nicely bumpy ride at times, but also quiet when needed. Great one.-Vital Weekly

(...)There's also a tinge of humor in play, often not a bad thing in this genre. Both of his works have a fine flow and, while clearly from the )classical) electroacoustic lineage, are anything but sterile. Ratkje's's construction consists largely of vocal samples from children singing to rocket countdowns with a lot in between. It's rather dense and intense, ricocheting along in spurts on concentrated activity, the vocals usually distorted, oven overlaid on one another. Periods of relative respite emerge, here with ghostly but comforting, blurred piano chords, there with oddly mechanical bird sounds. There's more a hyper-humid, industrial jungle effect here; Blade Runner vs. 2001. All three pieces are fine and represent the upside of this hitherto mostly unknown (by me) landscape. Recommended."-Brian Olewnick, Just outside

Incluedes a 10 page color booklet detailing Rudnik's work

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Incluedes a 10 page color booklet detailing Rudnik's work

Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR ES16
Squidco Product Code: 20200

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.


Maja S. K. Ratkje-voice, electroncis, field recordings

Eugenusz Rudnik-composer

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Track Listing:

1. Breakfast On The Grass In The Cave Of The Lascaux 10:05

2. Divertimento 10:25

3. In Dialogue With Eugeniusz Rudnik 30:09