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Liedwart, Kurt : Mare [CASSETTE] (Mikroton Recordings)

Sound explorer Kurt Liedwart compiles a cassette release from works he composed during 2015 to 2017 using mostly sound sources from electronics and synthesizers and based on studio improvisations, presented as six compositions of noise, drones, polyrhythmic excursions, glitchy playing on modular synth, processed field recordings, &c &c.

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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: cs 72
Squidco Product Code: 25200

Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Russia
Packaging: Cassette tapes, not sealed, in sleeve
Recorded in Moscow, Russia, by the artist.


Kurt Liedwart-composer, performer

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"In Mare I selected the works I composed during 2015-2017 using mostly sound sources from electronics and synthesizers. I constructed the compositions using studio improvisations from different times, I found this method quite good for finding interesting and different sounds. At the same time I wasn't releasing many solo recordings although my hard drives got packed with recordings done for 20 years. I felt my older sounds still pursue me and the only way to get rid of them is only through publication or otherwise I could've drowned in the seas, or mari in Italian, of old sounds. Noise, drones, polyrhythmic excursions, glitchy unstable playing on the modular synthesizer, processed field recordings and employment of light and movement to produce sounds, all these were combined and formed the pieces on the album."-Kurt Liedwart

"On the cassette Mare (the Latin word for 'sea') [Kurt Liedwart] uses mostly synthesizers and electronics, and sounds from previous works he did (mostly field recordings I think) and did a whole bunch of improvisations over a longer period of time. From the improvisations he edited the compositions, which is something that his label is known to do. Rather than releasing improvised music the releases on Mikroton are compositions based on improvisations. These are mostly quiet; or rather 'soft' in volume, not necessarily quiet. It is, in a way, like listening to an oceanic soundscape, I think. The white noise from the machines emulate the seaside sounds of slow cascading waves; beautifully subtle and yet not entirely ambient. There is a shimmering noise side to these pieces, and that is the beauty of this. The field recordings, whatever they originally were, tumble and rumble nicely and altogether this is a great cassette. More varied, so it seems than the 'Tone' CD, building in intensity of the pieces and I think it's a pity that this regaled to a cassette only. So be it."-Fran de Waard, Vital Weekly

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Artist Biographies

"Kurt Liedwart, born in 1977 in Moscow, USSR, is an artist, improviser, music producer, label owner and founder of the Moscow-based experimental and electroacoustic improvised music label Mikroton Recordings. He has developed his own art and sound that cross genres, mixing music practices such as electroacoustic and improvised music, noise and glitch, and art movements such as actionism and Fluxus. He plays a wide-ranging array of instruments such as analog synthesizers, electronics, light-controlled electronics, electromagnetic devices, laptop, sinewaves, field recordings, percussion processed electronically in real time.

Plays and records solo and in various formations with Martin Taxt, Arturas Bumšteinas, Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, Nuno Torres, Abdul Moimême, Julien Ottavi, Heddy Boubaker, Alexandre Losada, Jason Kahn, Burkhard Beins, Alexander Markvart, Sergey Kostyrko, Birgit Ulher, Gregory Büttner, Piotr Tkacz, Gerard Lebik, Annette Krebs, Klaus Filip, Noid, Norbert Möslang, Keith Rowe, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Miguel A. Garcia, Xavier Lopez, Dmitry Krotevich, Nicola Ratti, Alberto Boccardi, Hannes Lingens, Pierre Borel, Radu Malfatti, Alexei Borisov, Ignaz Schick, Stefano Pilia, Thomas Buckner, Ilia Belorukov, Andrey Lomakin, Edita Fyl, Oleg Makarov, Phil Raymond, Bruno Duplant, Pedro Chambel, Andrey Popovsky, Konstantin Sukhan, Alexey Sysoev, Brinstaar, Denis Sorokin, Paul Roth, Ian Douglas-Moore and others.

Various recordings released on his own Mikroton Recordings as well as on Intonema, Hideous Replica, Copy For Your Records and so on.

Played at various festivals: Abracadabra (Moscow), Noise & Fury 2008 (Moscow), XXII Festival Of Modern Art (Bryansk), Love Live Electronic Festival (Moscow), Ru.Noise 2009 (Kiev), Ad Libitum 4 Festival (Warsaw), Ruby Attack Festival (Moscow), Prepared Environments on Prepared Wednesdays 2010: Informal Tribute to John Cage (Moscow), Prepared Environments on Prepared Wednesdays 2011 (Moscow), Poetronica 2010 (Moscow), Poetronica 2011 (Moscow), Teni Zvuka 2011 (Saint-Petersburg), Noise & Fury 2011 (Moscow), Alt+E Fest 2011 (Moscow), Prepared Environments 2012 (Moscow), Teni Zvuka 2013 / Mikroton Live 2 (2013 | Moscow, Saint-Petersburg), Prepared Environments 2013 (Moscow), Noise & Fury 2013 (Moscow, Yaroslavl, Saint-Petersburg), Teni Zvuka 2014 / Mikroton Live 3 (2014, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg), Der blöde dritte Mittwoch (2014, Vienna), Music Of Now (2015, Saint-Petersburg), Escucha! (2016, Madrid).

As a music critic he wrote for Billboard Russian Edition, Electronic Music Magazine, Contemporary Music Magazine, Tonschrift., Colta."

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Track Listing:


1. Mar Baltico

2. Mar Del Nord

3. Mar Ligure


1. Mar Tirreno

2. Mar Adriatico

3. Mar Mediterraneo

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Sound, Noise, &c.
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Electroacoustic Composition
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Sound, Noise, &c.
Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Electroacoustic Composition
Solo Artist Recordings
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

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