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Piotrowicz, Robert: Lasting Clinamen (Musica Genera)

Alien drones, powerfully textured sound and floating frequencies from Robert Piotrowicz, one of the leading figures in the Polish noise and free-improv scenes.

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Label: Musica Genera
Catalog ID: G 003
Squidco Product Code: 9459

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2008
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Composed and performed by Robert Piotrowicz, recorded on December 25, 2005 and January 16, 2006, mixed on different periods of 2007.


Robert Piotrowicz-guitar, analog synth, electronics

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track listing:

1. Clinamen 1a 11:02

2. Clinamen 2a 8:41

3. Clinamen 1b 11:28

4. Clinamen 2b 12:21
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Electro-Acoustic Improv
Sound, Noise, &c.

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"Lasting Clinamen is another step further in one of the most adventurous Polish experimental musician's quest for new sounds. In the four pieces on this CD Robert Piotrowicz takes his explorations of modular analogue synthesiser to a new level. While his previous releases were action packed experiments with the possibilities of the instrument, the new one is a statement from an artist who knows exactly what he wants to achieve. Robert has mastered his skills and feels confident with his tools, enough to focus on the very nature of carefully selected and crafted sounds.

This album is all about power. The raw power of sound, it's presence and change in time, it's depth and inner structure, it's pulse and volume. Masterful building of tension has always been one of Robert's music qualities. This time he achieves it by means of balancing the static and dynamic elements of sound. Powerful drones of the first and the third track, solid as a rock, reveal rich and detailed texture of constantly fluctuating, layering and oscillating sonic details. Growing in volume, they keep on evolving until they vanish. Repetitive, yet shifting pulse of the second track, vibrates with unearthly bass, mesmerizing and frightening. The last track builds form alien echoes floating over low frequency soundscape to another mighty manifestation of eternal drone, only to fade away in silence.

This recording confronts you with the sheer sound in it's purest form, as powerful as it gets. Overwhelming, sometimes painful, always beautiful."-Wojciech Mszyca

"Robert Piotrowicz is a leading figure on polish noise and free-improv scene, being an active experimentalist for the last 10 years and co-founder of Musica Genera label and festival. He switched from electric guitar to analog synthesizer, and finally combined both instruments in an electro-acoustical system. Together with his performing atributes he is also studio composer in context of his own art as well as cooperation with theatre groups and visual artists.

Piotrowicz uses analog synthesizer to work on sonic research. He treats guitar as a sound source, to play he uses bow, metal, paper, engine etc. Electronics - beside their sound characteristic - are other way of expressions. Piotrowicz works with free impov contexts as well as working solo and on compositions. As improviser he works usually with Anna Zaradny and Burkhard Stangl with his most focused lineup (the trio released album “Can’t Illumination”). By last years he collaborates with: Zbigniew Karkowski, Xavier Charles, Kevin Drumm, Jerome Noetinger, Ignaz Schick, Tony Buck, John Butcher and many others.Piotrowicz released some solo production and he dedicates lots of attention for aesthetic of his musical status. Composed works of him touch noise music aspect as well as electroacoustic music tradition."-Musica Genera

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