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ANS, APHEX TWIN, AVANTO FESTIVAL, BAD SECTOR, JOHN CAGE, CORNELIUS, DAT POLITICS, DE FABRIEK, DEADUSHKI, EU, FAUST, FENNESZ, FIZZARUM, LAURENT GARNIER, MATHIAS GMACHL, GRAND VINIOLLES, RICHIE HAWTIN, HECKER, RYOJI IKEDA, INQUISITORUM, ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY, CEVIN KEY, KK NULL, KLUTCH, LES JOYAUX DE LA PRINCESSE, DAVID LYNCH, MATMOS, MEGO, MERZBOW, MESSER FUR FRAU MULLER, MILLE PLATEAUX, MINIMAL TECHNO, MOON FAR AWAY, MOUSE ON MARS, EUGENIY MURZIN, N&B RESEARCH DIGEST, NINE INCH NAILS, OLE LUKKOYE, OVAL, PAN SONIC, ARVO PART, PLASTIKMAN, PORTISHEAD, RADIAN, STEVE REICH, TERRY RILEY, NICOLAS ROEG, SCANNER, ALFRED SCHNITTKE, ARNOLD SCHOENBERG, SONIG, SPECIES OF FISHES, SPIES BOYS, KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN, LEV TERMEN, TEST DEPT, THEATRE OF POISON, THEREMIN, THRILL JOCKEY, TOO PURE, TOUCH
Presented tracks and artists in details:
1. ANDREY KIRITCHENKO "Kingdom Of Blessed Dream"
Andrey Kiritchenko (Kharkov) is a famous Ukrainian musician, an expert in the sphere of microsound and experimental ambient. He is the chief of the specialized label Nexsound, an author of many releases and compilations, a participant of prestigious European festivals (Transmediale 04 and Garage in Germany etc.). This track is also presented on the new second full format musician's album "Interplays, In Beetween" issued in the end of 2004 at Ad Noiseam label, Berlin.
2. VOLGA "Kvashnja" (live in Paris)
Electro-ritualistic reincarnation of an old Russian folklore legacy. Electronic sounds and ritual rhythms, awaken genetic memory and instincts. The music of Volga is based on synthesis of dance rhythms and traditional Slavic polyrhythmic in combination with atmospheric ambient and noise, acoustic percussion and ecologically clear melodies. The lyrics are authentic texts of XII - XIX centuries... The track presented on the compilation is a live recording at Paris club Cithea made in 2004.
3. THEODOR BASTARD "Under The Rain"
"Under The Rain" is one of the tracks which will possibly be included in the future album of THEODOR BASTARD, but maybe it will stay a sketch... The claps and clicks made by a rake, rustle of paper pages, the beautiful melody of Yana Veva's voice - all this is recorded at a single take from different microphones without any sampling.
4. NOISES OF RUSSIA "UT415" (live)
This track is taken from NOISES OF RUSSIA's album "Nevidimost' i Trud (Invisibility and Labour)". "If one can imagine where the man himself is at those hours when his body is functioning at work, it becomes clear that by replacing the sleep by the job, and in between morning swill and evening TV-wars, we made a big way to self-nonbeing and invisibility". NOISES OF RUSSIA coexist simultaneously in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
5. SPIES BOYS "Everyone Has His Own Reason"
The track is taken from the first part of the album "Gangsta Filosofi". "The composition in a way concludes the first cycle of songs about the thing that everybody is right his own way, that to live fairly, eventually, is not such a difficult problem. Especially when there is nothing to lose: as you already lost everything at birth". The band about this track: "The track was recorded almost without instruments. We banged on the furniture at the studio and than edited the sound. The main heroes of the track are two hobos who are sitting at a dump trying to catch some pleasant music on the radio. They feel good, the stole a stuffed owl from the Whitehouse and flogged it to an old fox for 40 bucks..." Quartet SPIES BOYS - from Moscow, Russia.
6. PALSECAM "Trupiak"
"PalSecam is an audio-visual project created in 1998 originally as a duo expanding later to flexible multipersonal collective. PalSecam is often creatively reconstructed due to diverse activities of its members. It's hard to control the group as an entity - many different crews are formed and therefore different actions are undertaken". PalSecam works in Krakow, Poland.
7. FIZZARUM "Singularity" (live)
The track is recorded in autumn 2004 at the concert of the band in Moscow and has never been issued before. "Singularity" is an algorithmic improvisation, which is performed with the help of custom sequencers written in Max/MSP by the band. FIZZARUM about themselves: "Our goal is to create music which you can listen a lot of times and open something new, something that you did not get the time before. It's the music for attentive listener!"
8. NOTCHNOI PROSPEKT "Viskoza" (live in Vienna)
NOTCHNOI PROSPEKT were one of the first in Russia (the band was founded in 1985) who began experimenting in electro-pop style and later they began creating electro-psychedelic programs, which in some way forestalled modern post-rock and neo-avant-garde of the early third millennium. From the beginning of 1994 NOTCHNOI PROSPEKT became an exclusively laboratorial project experimenting in the sphere of industrial and psychedelic noise, electronic and free improvisation. In 2000 the band was reorganized in its classical formation and in January 2004 NOTCHNOI PROSPEKT made a gig in Vienna (RUS CLUB), 15 years later after their first Austrian concert (1989) in "Stalingrad" Club. A track from this concert is presented on this compilation. This recording was made in participation of Alexei Borisov, Ivan Sokolovsky, Dmitry Kutergin, and Sergey Pavlov. This recording is almost the only recording of the modern period of the band (new album is being recorded) - another reason to get convinced that modern NOTCHNOI PROSPEKT is another PROSPEKT.
9. VISHUDHA KALI "I Hail You Twice"
VISHUDHA KALI is a polystylistic project which investigates sound and acoustic. The track presented on this compilation was created, mainly, from live sound sources and different schemes of effectoprocessors with minimal participation of synthetic sounds. Meditative concept, psychoacoustic construction, cosmic mood. The Author and Performer - Andrew Komarov, St-Petersburg, Russia, March 2004.
10. BRAIN FORK "&]%[~!~@^^]%[)-(Ú' V_!-!^Ü"
"This composition is about useful properties of vitamin C for the processes of HeiligeSoft Windows Angels operating system, the source code of which is on a hard drive with Lilith's Half Partition Table file system"... The style of the project one can approximately name as industrial-ambient-noise. BRAIN FORK - is Roman Obuhov, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
11. HLADNA "Music For Empty Rooms"
"Music for Empty Rooms" or "Music from Empty Rooms" - is a concentration of events' energy. The energy of the events which took place, which are taking place, and which will take place in artificial, limited space. The associative image of these events is put into the sound composition of HLADNA. The track was recorded in 2001 on low-pass generator from deserted military phone station.
12. BROMPTON'S COCKTAIL "The Fall Of Spring"
BROMPTON'S COCKTAIL is a psychedelic polystylistic with a smack of industrial-noise electronic. BROMPTON'S COCKTAIL are Oleg R. and Anton Urazov. Location - St.Petersburg, Russia. The duo always searches for new forms of sound. The track "The Fall Of Spring" was created at spring 2004. It will surprise by its unusual "convergent" sound. A sample by Roman Obuhov (BRAIN FORK) was used in this composition.
13. PORCH NAP "Convergence"
Postdigitality and experimental techno, but maybe you will also call it industrial trip-hop or dark jazz. PORCH NAP creates out of style limits and directions. He is developing his own direction, and it comes out by itself. Concerning his work PORCH NAP doesn't feel any ambitions and pretensions - the music for soul. PORCH NAP is St. Petersburg native, but in reality he is an inhabitant of the Universe of course.
Bonus track: S.P.U.L. "See The Light" (live in Tomsk)
S.P.U.L. is formed by four musicians from Tomsk, Russia. In their works the Siberians use computer technologies and classical electro-musical instruments. Some people call their music trip-hop, but more experienced critics recall post-rock and indietronic. However, all critics consider that S.P.U.L. doesn't copy western stars and creates individual sound. Presented track is recorded at the festival of modern art "Budu-Art 2004" (Tomsk), the organizer of the festival was the "ART DEISTVIE" association.