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Pękala | Kordylasińska | Pękala
Werke für Schlagzeug und elektroakustische Geräte
Gagarin Records
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March 17, 2017


Mind blowing album of electronic percussion from the Polish duo Miłosz Pękala and Magda Kordylasińska, somewhere between Hecker's Sun Pandemonium, Jean-Claude Risset's Music from Computer, Pan Sonic & The Cults Percussion Ensemble!!!

Having been playing this on repeat for the past few days, we can honestly testify that this is one of the most incredible collections of electro-acoustic music around, the textures and tones vibrate with a tantalising playfulness and natural ringing out FX that come across like the most imaginative form of acoustic chrome plated repetition around.

Describing the recordings best, the group say "The compositions Renaissance Gameboy #1 and #2 (2011) by Felix Kubin were originally written for violin, saxophone, cello, piano, drums and tape. The new versions arranged by the duo transport his pieces into the world of an extended percussion set, with marimba and vibraphone placed in the center. Additionally, several parts were recorded on tape.

Black Page #1 by Frank Zappa features close-miking recordings of guiro, reco-reco, temple blocks and everyday life objects like cups and computer. The pulse generated by dripping water and unusual percussive sets provide a new, intimate interpretation of Zappa’s dynamic music.

Minimal music has always had a special place in the hearts of the Polish duo. In Vermont Counterpoint (1982) by Steve Reich, they replace the orchestra (including flutes) with vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba and dulcimer. By including Reich’s composition on this record, Pękala and Kordylasińska refer to their own musical roots.

Repetitiveness can also be heard in a piece entitled Smells Like Victory (2016) commissioned to Thymme Jones, the founder of a band called Cheer Accident. The composition is written for marimba, vibraphone, two Chinese gongs, electronics and includes choreography.

Modular #1 (2016) by Miłosz Pękala completes the album. It’s based on a rhythmic pattern generated by a modular synthesizer. Ongoing permeation of electronic and acoustic sounds with dynamic narrative creates a fertile ground for the musicians’ expression as percussionists and at the same time gives them great pleasure as players."

Having been connected to Felix Kubin's Gagarin Records via the rare record detective and Finders Keepers label boss Doug Shipton, this seal of approval is all you need to know with regards to the record dons with whom Werke für Schlagzeug und elektroakustische Geräte is on constant rotation in their flats and DJ sets.

  1. 1 Renaissance Gameboy #1 Felix Kubin 4:57
  2. 2 Renaissance Gameboy #2 Felix Kubin 5:13
  3. 3 The Black Page #1 Frank Zappa 2:49
  4. 4 Smells Like Victory Thymme Jones 7:49
  5. 5 Vermont Counterpoint Steve Reich 9:17
  6. 6 Modular #1 Milosz Pekala 6:52

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