DOKURO new tapes: Modelbau, Molestia Auricularum, Mario

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DOKURO new tapes: Modelbau, Molestia Auricularum, Mario

Post by DOKURO » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:36 am


DK068 Modelbau - Typewriter (C30)

Modelbau is not the latest in a series of names used to create music, but it
is indeed the latest one for a solo vehicle. Each of the names, and that
includes my own name, stands for something particular, an idea, and
something not found in the other monikers I am using. Modelbau is, like
Freiband, not a proper German word (it should be Modellbau, but I thought
that looked ugly) and as such is probably already a lo-fi name, and as such
also very personal. As a musician I have noy a particular instrument, nor do
I favour any technqiue, and I think one should use what is needed for a
particular project or a piece of music.
When I started Modelbau, I wanted to use various lo-fi sound sources, such
as Dictaphones, walkman, shortwave radio, small synthesizers and such like.
This would not be a project for improvisation, but more or less planned
pieces of music. All of which to be released in the digital domain only.
That was in 2012. Now, in 2017, almost nothing is left of this outline, and
yet the msuic is very much what I envisaged as Modelbau. These days Modelbau
uses pre-recorded cassettes, iPad apps, sound effects, laptop, shortwave
radio, small synthesizers, ancient 2bit sampling device; everything is
recorded on the spot, as is, and without multi-tracking and very minimal
editing (save for fades and mastering) released as downloads, but also on
cassette, CDs and CDrs. Vinyl is only a matter of time. Whenever Modelbau
plays a concert (all of which are recorded) preparations are made, and these
are also recorded; sometimes they have these preparations can have the
length of a concert, but they can also be single pieces of a few minutes.
All of these recordings are archived and whenever a release is prepared, the
latest sessions are listened to again. 'Does it stand the test of time', is
it still interesting

What's really peculiar about Typewriter's four tracks is the contrast
between two different types of sound: the pulsation – for instance a
soundwave (in track 4), a radio crackling (in track 1) or the flow of a
magnetic tape – and a more substantial sound that seems to be static.
It's a set of synthetic drones, of pink noise degrading layer after layer,
or even a bleak field recording (in track 3).
The pulsation in its hypnotic repetitiveness leads you through the most
diverse soundscapes. This structure, that could be seen as relatively
simple, is anything but - Frans de Waard brilliantly orchestrates these
reiterations and in the most natural and effective way he embarks the
listeners on a journey through sound and guided by sound itself.


DK069 Molestia Aricularum - Dissolvi (C30)

Molestia Auricularum is Federico Trimeri's solo project – also known as a
member of Storm{o}. Born as a Harsh Noise/HNW project, over the years
Trimeri has explored different music genres, focusing especially on musique
concrète, tape music and field recording. In his latest work – highly
influenced by the Japanese onkyo music scene and the works of William
Basinski and Jacob Kirkegaard – the sound was created using a no input
mixing board, a reel-to-reel tape recorder and various tape loops. In
Dissolvi, glitch, pulses, tones and digital interference overlap with
repetitions, buzzes and silence produced by loop manipulation and analogic
deterioration – the final result is a polymorphic hybrid, born out of the
merge of antithetical sounds, which share a common feature: the absence of a
Artwork by mic_nodolby.


DK070/Viande18 Mario - XBCE (C30)

Mario Gabola aka Mario is a member of Aspec(t) from Napoli, which released
on Dokuro an earthshaking CDR back in 2010 (DK022 Skinless).
XBCE – born from the partnership between Dokuro and Viande, Gabola's very
own label – is his second attempt as a solo.
As in the former "May Solo" (Suoni grezzi/Viande), Mario's collaborators and
forever friends M. Argenziano, G. Leandra e Sec_ take part in the recording
and as usual Gabola plays with self-built devices, no input, feed drum,
feedback and saxophone. XBCE tracks are as always characterised by sharp
sound and are packed with sonic energy – they shift from explosions of
unrestrained noise to rarefied moments of apparent calm, leading to the
inevitable chaotic and cathartic explosion. This is the Fire music to our
rotten times.
Artwork by Merlo.


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