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Black cassettes with all-black covers in black-spined cases, dubbed and assembled by hand in Barcelona. Inserts printed on Risograph by Risiko Press in Antwerp, Belgium. Each copy is numbered by hand. Unlimited edition.
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This cassette is the first installment in the label's Death Series, and it is, indeed, a eulogy. Italian artist and media anthropologist currently residing in Bergen, Norway Gabriele de Seta (Naturalismo) has recorded three beautiful compositions for Zev Asher, Aube, and Zbigniew Karkowski respectively.
“I’ve worked on these pieces from around 6 years ago. Mostly as turning points, trying out new things & compositional approaches, and realized I was basically paying homage to musicians who had recently passed away. First piece is a slow ambient dirge for Zev Asher (1963-2013) – crossed paths with him briefly in China in 2007, knew him as a member of Flying Testicle, then watched his documentaries. Second piece is for Aube/Akifumi Nakajima (1959-2013), who is one of my favorite Japanese musicians and deeply influenced my attraction towards minimalism and repetition… This was an occasion to follow through with it. Third piece is a noisier affair for unplugged cable, which is the rawest thing I could imagine after hanging out with Zbigniew Karkowski (1958-2013) just few months before he passed away – he was very kind and sharp, and left a deep impression on me. I guess this record is not a romantic tribute or anything, but something in 2013 seemed to suddenly make a hidden wheel turn, and some of the musicians I knew as coveted mp3 files or I had just had the privilege to cross paths with, were gone.” (Gabriele de Seta)
released April 26, 2020
All music by Gabriele de Seta. Mastered by Moa Pillar. Design by Ivan Zoloto.
Released by School of the Arts as part of Death Series in 2020.
Cat. no. SOTA-DEATH111.
Zoloto craftily builds the space in his recordings; his music oozes emptiness, the echo resonates, and multiple planes create an evocative narrative. Electronic passages, voice, gramophone and recorders are backed with synths in a few tracks. This ambient collage generates anxiety, leading us towards the mysterious instead of bringing peace. This is the music of silence, of memories and nostalgia – or perhaps longing for something else. Jakub Knera
“With Julius, he was based in repetition, but here was a spirit of openness and improvisation. His scores, if they were written out that way, were often like jazz scores. He loved multiplying instruments – four pianos, ten cellos – so there was a real feeling of the presence of the instrument, not just using an instrument in some kind of equation, as a means to an end.” ~ Mary Jane Leach
Enough said. pt