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Ganfield, Ken x Kurt Liedwart x Petr Vrba: Something Wrong There (Mikroton Recordings)

Two compositions--"Unbearable" and "Nauseating"-from the synth & electronics trio of Ken Ganfield, Kurt Liedwart and Petr Vrba, starting with improvisations on three synthesizers and electronics brought to the extreme edge, the results remixed by Liedwart to create these outer limit tracks of sci-fi psychedelia and Gameboy nightmare; truly unique and disquieting music.
 

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Ken Ganfield-synthesizers, electronics

Petr Vrba-synthesizers, electronics

Kurt Liedwart-synthesizers, electronics


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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: cd 73
Squidco Product Code: 27409

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Russia
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in Punctum in Prague, Czech Republic, in August, 2017.

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"The science fiction yearning for utopia sometimes falls into dystopian space. Kurt Liedwart with Ken Ganfield and Petr Vrba tried to follow the impulse of getting to the ideal world but their most powerful and fearful predictions and prophesies came to the fore and "Something Wrong There" happened all the time. Liedwart recently became dissatisfied with the improvisation's disability to create sonically fresh sound worlds and completely remixed the studio recordings. Did it prevent him from making something wrong here? Try to guess. What you hear is a combination of elements of trogged-out electronic psychedelia with a deadly serious mid-European minimalism and dreamy modal ambient improvisations that owe more to the outer limits of cutting-edge electronic music and burnt-out free music from Germany. Pulpy quasi-cinematic tension, blasts of voidal motorik, raptures of psychedelic intensity, these dangerously seductive imagery exists in the space between the serious and the banal, science and mysticism, experiment and pop, knowledge and intuition, mastership and failure."-Mikroton



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Artist Biographies

Ken Ganfield is an experimental and improvising music performing on electronics and synthesizers. He is an American living in the Czech Republic. He has performed with Kurt Liedwart, Petr Vrba, SeEun Lee, and performs solo.

-Squidco 2/16/2024

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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)
2/16/2024

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"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."

-Mikroton (http://mikroton.net/recordings/index.php/artists/kurt-liedwart/)
2/16/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Unbearable 23:30

2. Nauseating 20:25

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Electronic Forms
Trio Recordings
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

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