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IQ+1

Conversaphone Plus [VINYL]

IQ+1: Conversaphone Plus [VINYL] (Mappa)

Describing their approach to their submersive electroacoustic music as a seance, the Czech Republic septet IQ+1 with Peter Vrba, George Bagdasarov, Veronika Hladka, Jana Kneschke, Michal Zboril, and Katerina Bilejova release their 3rd album, a mix of strings, trumpet, clarinet, harmonium, synth, electronics & field recordings, creating a virtual acousmatic music of great detail.
 

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Label: Mappa
Catalog ID: MAP012
Squidco Product Code: 27468

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Slovokia
Packaging: LP
Tracks 1-5 recorded at Divadlo Ponec, in Prague, Czech Republic; track 6 recorded in Skolska 28, in Prague, Czech Republic, by Federsel.


Personnel:

George Bagdasarov-vintage turntable, FX, baritone sax

Veronika Hladka-violin

Jana Kneschke-violin

Jaroslav Tarnovski-synths, electronics, percussion, field recordings

Petr Vrba-clarinet, trumpet, electronics

Michal Zboril-analog synths, electronics, Indian harmonium

Katerina Bilejova-body weather

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Artist Biographies:

"George Bagdasarov (Գեվորգ Բագդասարով) was born in Kazahstan to an Armenian family. He studied Cybernetics at the Technical University in Kaluga, continued in composition at the Music Academy in Moscow, and graduated from the St. Petersburg Film School. He began his music carrier as a guitarist in a psychedelic punk band, and continued his development, passing through conceptual techno to free improvisation based on items collected on flea markets from around the world. He has performed and recorded in different collaborations, playing jazz, noise, electronic, and the like. He has collaborated with musician Richard Deutsch, Jerome Noetinger, Yoshio Mashida, Les Halmes, Dill, Yutaka Makino, DJ Sniff, Nikolay Rubanov, Fitz Ellarald, among others. Since 2005 he has been living in Prague, completing his doctoral studies at FAMU in 2012, and being involved in a wide range of collaborations from punk-blues to audio visual noise performance. He plays saxophone, guitar, and turntable."

-Monoskop (https://monoskop.org/George_Bagdasarov)
7/16/2019

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Veronika Hladká is a Czech violinist, a member of the Prague Improvisation Orchestra and the Slovakia band IQ+1 with Petr Vrba, Jaroslav Tarnovský, Michal Zbořil, and George Bagdasarov.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/6819932-Veronika-Hladk%C3%A1)
7/16/2019

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"Jana Kneschke is a Czech musician, performing on violin, harp, zither, and a writer. She is a member of Violenta Projecta (1998-2007), S/M (2002-present), IQ+1 (present)."

-Discogs.com (https://www.discogs.com/artist/2439962-Jana-Kneschke)
7/16/2019

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"Hailed as a key figure in Czech experimental-electro music, Jaroslav Tarnovski is a musician, composer and producer, one of the founding members of experimental pop band Miou Miou and the Czech post-everything quartet Gurun Gurun.

Named after a fictional planet from the old school Slovak sci-fi TV series 'She Came Out of the Blue Sky', Gurun Gurun's musical work combines analogue synthesizers, manipulated field recordings, piezo-amplified objects, DIY instruments and effects to span musical spaces ranging from hypno-minimalist atmospheres to warm tones of slow moving, repetitive melodic stanzas.

His performances commonly include a mixture of glitch electronica, musique concrète, drones, computer deconstruction, quirky sonorities and field recordings. He also runs Jipangu, a small label focused on experimental music and sound art."

-Cafe Oto (https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/haco-tarnovski/)
7/16/2019

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"His unrelenting explorations of non-idiomatic improvisation using trumpets, clarinet, vibrating speakers, egg cutters etc., made him one of the most active experimental musicians in Prague these days.

His most intensive collaboration arose from meeting with American musician/composer George Cremaschi (doublebass, electronics) with whom they established Prague Improvisation Orchestra, Los Amargados duo, an international dance-visual-music project Arthuur etc. In 2013 they released "Villa K" album and 2014 "Los Amargados with Susanna Gartmayer", limited MC with comics.

In 2010 Petr became one of the founding members of improvisation ensemble IQ+1 which released in 2011 highly acclaimed CD "tváří v tvář" and in 2013 IQ+1 (released by Polí5), album which was nominated for Czech Vinyla Prize 2013.

In 2011 he constituted Yanagi duo with Korean experimenter Ryu Hankil (alarm clock, typewriters). A year later they released their first album "clinamen" waiting for its second album to be released in Korea.

He is also member of psych-rock band Rouilleux.

During past years he started and still continues many projects: Poisonous Frequencies (with Federsel and DD Kern), NOIZ (with Thomas Lehn and Tiziana Bertoncini), Doppeltrio (with Maja Osojnik and Matija Schellander), Junk & the Beast (with Veronika Mayer) etc.

Among others Petr has recorded or played with musicians like Xavier Charles, Isabelle Duthoit, Kai Fagaschinski, Franz Hautzinger, Chris Heenan, Matthew Goodheart, Irene Kepl, Christof Kurzmann, Seijiro Murayama, Ivan Palacký, Ingrid Schmoliner, Jaroslav Šťastný (aka Peter Graham), Miro Tóth, Michael Zerang etc.

Since 2010 he curates the musical programme of Communication Space Školská 28 which is a multifunctional space for various nonprofit cultural and artistic activities.

Since 1994 he plays as a DJ at Radio 1 in Prague (last years include the 13 raw programme), and was also a temporary student of gamelan music at Institute of Art of Indonesia in Yogyakarta (1997-1998)."

-Petr Vrba Website (http://www.vrrrba.cz/bio.html)
7/16/2019

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Michal Zbořil is a Czech sound artist and improviser who makes electronic music with a focus on oscillating synthesized sound textures. He is a member of IQ+1, PIO with Petr Vrba, George Cremaschi, &c., and Zabloudil.

-Squidco 7/16/2019

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Katerina Bakatsak is a founder of Site Body Exploration, based in the Czech Republic, an international interdisciplinary open-air workshop for artists and dancers exploring the relation between body, art and landscape.

-Bohemia Rosa (http://www.bohemiaerosa.org/)
7/16/2019

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. House 04:10

2. Thermometer 06:44

3. Light Switch 05:57

SIDE B



1. Sofa 06:48

2. Dustbin 05:49 3. It's Twenty Minutes To Twelve 07:28
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Mappa editions presents IQ+1's third album, titled Conversaphone Plus, as the result of several seances recorded at the end of 2017. Every submersion in its depths is an unrepeatable experience. The organic sonic material is constantly contracting and expanding, adapting itself to the listener's context, escaping beyond the horizon, creating mimicries, and enticing us to bubbling, popping, and jingling polyrhythms to then release its protective toxins.

All six pieces boil on the narrow edge of chaotic decomposition and celestial order in which every sonic detail has its precisely determined position. Field recordings permeate the instruments on an equal footing, making it difficult to identify the sound, instrument, or player, so that each time the record is turned over, a new adventure begins. Federsel (B4, Handa Gote, Gurun Gurun) took care of the connective tissue between the pieces and the balanced post-production architecture.

Avoiding irritating instrumental exhibitionism, and egocentric deafness, Conversaphone Plus is nothing less than an uncompromising electro-acoustic testimony to the vitality of the Czech improvising scene. And it is nothing more than an attempt to connect sonic geology with astral listening. Open the window a little - a messenger from the spacecraft known as IQ+1 is descending through the opening. "-Mappa

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