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Vujanic, Daniel

Prosopagnosia [CD + DOWNLOAD]

Vujanic, Daniel: Prosopagnosia [CD + DOWNLOAD] (esc.rec.)

The first part of guitarist, sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Junnic's Fabula trilogy evokes dynamic and mercurial environments through intuitive approaches, altering and transforming components and source material in acousmatic ways over which acoustic instruments sometimes intone, the results warm and intriguing, implying melody and engaging the listener.

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Daniel Vujanic- electric guitars, electronics, synthesizers, piano, thumb piano, cello, field recordings, glockenspiel, recorder, noise boxes, sound processing, percussion and pocket trumpet

Ekkehard Roessle- bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Heiner Stilz-clarinet

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Label: esc.rec.
Catalog ID: esc.rec.75
Squidco Product Code: 30523

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Epark2, in 2019-2020, by Daniel Vujanic. Additional recording by Niko Lazarakopoulos

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"On this album Daniel Vujanic tried to create a musical system with moods, dynamics and melodic ramifications through non-musical approaches, components and source material. Or - simply put: to alter and to transform identifiable synthesizer, piano, guitar, cello or field recording sounds/motifs into something less musical, more obscured and clandestine. He was looking for a way to build coagulated atmospheres, dissolving states of mind, realms of the hypnotic even.

So in 2019 Vujanic started recording on a regular basis, solely working in an intuitive and direct way as some kind of cognitive exercise. The outcome was something that felt well-known, warm and properly attached to our memory and at the same time impenetrable, cold and dislocating, hence the title Prosopagnosia (face blindness - a cognitive disorder).

Listening back to it now, he figures that on a subconscious level he had really wanted to fabricate a sound that didn't feel intellectually constructed but rather emotionally sculpted, using a rather idiosyncratic approach to songcraft and the interaction of space and time.

On a superficial level, this music which was born from improvising sessions and subsequent minimal editing, might resemble some specific genres i.e. electronic, jazz, ambient, noise and psychedelia with their idiomatic gestures, timbre and aesthetics, probably even some hints of meditative romanticism connected to days of yore. But if you listen closely, there are cracks and crevices in the textures, holes of meaning. A place where the past is falling into the future, where sound is roaming freely, disapearing quickly or sometimes connecting to other signifiers in multiple ways, elegantly contributing to a multidimensional narrative, which seems to be stubborn and open-hearted at once.

Prosopagnosia is the first part of the Fabula trilogy."-esc.rec

"For as long as I can remember Daniel Vujanic has been releasing forward thinking music, either on his own or with cohorts under the guises of Stale, The Camping Group, Baja and Ixtar, to name a few. Now he has decided to realise an album on Esc.rec. under his own name. That album is 'Prosopagnosia' and it could be the most cohesive and enjoyable of his albums to date.

On Prosopagnosia Vujanic wanted to create a musical system through non-musical means. This involved taking synths, piano, guitar, cello and field recordings and trying to transform them into something else. For the most part he succeeds, as Prosopagnosia, loosely meaning face blindness, doesn't really sound like a guitar, cello or piano has been anywhere near it. Claustrophobic motifs are the order of the day giving the album a minimal, beatless, techno vibe. Throughout 'Moon Lagoon' you can pick out cello and piano through the audio quagmire. These moments actually work in the album's favour as they give it subtle moments of musicality with tangible, and recognisable, hooks instead of coagulated atmospherics.

The most remarkable thing is how listenable it is. 'Frost Im Refugium' contains a glorious drone that just repeats on itself in such a way that part of you wishes it would never end. Writhing around, and through it, are snatches of melodies that pique your interest. Some are there for the briefest moment while others linger on fidgeting with each other.

What Vujanic, and Prosopagnosia for that matter, does really well is hide his original sound sources through manipulation. Once the samples no longer sounded as they originally did, Vujanic layered them to create hypnotic swamps of sound. There are moments when Vujanic's idea doesn't really work and everything comes to an uninspiring halt, sections of 'Plagegeister' suffer from this sadly, but when the album works it sounds fresh, exciting and captivating. So, everything we've come to expect from Vujanic then."-NR, Vital Weekly

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Artist Biographies

Daniel Vujanic is a sound artist from Stuttgart, Germany, known for the gruops Baja, E Jugend, Graves And Orchestra Pits, Höhlenmusik Ensemble, Ixtar, Mileva, Stale, Terafin & Caliper, The Camping Group, and Zebularin.

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Track Listing:

1. Ombigos 1:58

2. Moon Lagoon 2:21

3. Plagegeister 4:26

4. Kosmose 8:55

5. Zoagli 3:21

6. Frost Im Refugium 6:21

7. Zyrrrhus 3:11

8. Prosopagnosia 5:45

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