by Thorsten Soltau

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DeStijnation features two tracks centered around the visual
abstractions of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl founded in 1917.

The first track reflects the three primary values used by De Stijl.
Three tapeloops were created, each linked with one value, black, white or grey. The task was to give each value a specific sound scheme. For example the value white was realized with a recording of a voice thinned out via spectral processings creating the impression of a rather bright monochrome sound surface. Deep tones are resembling the value black whereas granular treatments of short Korg signals create a dense layer of sonic matter associated with a greyish tapestry slowly re-shaping over the runtime of the composition.

“Dance Of The Formants” is the rendition of a cubistic dance with the absence of any obvious rhythm or beat signature. Stochastic filter techniques were applied to the Korg signal creating shiftings slowly fading in pure tones shifting across the stereo field in exact harmonic relation. The breaks beneath the soundpool of the composition form a hidden rhythm- a mélange of start-stop inversions and geometrical arranged loops.

”Zwart, Wit En Grijs (Version G)” is a special arrangement made for this release. A different mix (Version L) is part of the upcoming “De Stijlphone (Un Cahier de Curiosités n°5)” tape/magazine published by L'Art Pénultième in October 2017.

This release is dedicated to Olivier Prieur.

Source material: voice and Korg MS-20.
Recorded April 2017 at Lichter Raum, Schortens.
Text by Thorsten Soltau.


released August 20, 2017


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