“The Frogs” is our most recent project. It is the second installment in the “Fauna” series coming step after “…for electronics and birds” (to be released at May'2003 by Stateart records). As it says in the title this album is dedicated to the frogs and represent our collaboration with singer Victoria Hanna.
We met Victoria, amazing vocal artist from Jerusalem, a couple of years ago and from the very first time it was obvious for us that we'll do something together. We played several concerts of chants vs. electronics in Israel and USA. One day Victoria sent us a tape with her vocal improvisations that she has recorded using some of our casual live recordings as a playback. She wrote: “Do with that what ever you want”. So we did.
We decided to create a totally new piece from this material. We used a lot of different techniques: from field environmental recordings to live electronics, from electroacoustics to pure synthesizer music, from free noise improvisation to endless drones. There were no compositional or conceptual limits except one thing: we tried to reconstruct that amazing feeling of infinite astonishment that probably Tutuola's palm-wine drinkard felt traveling to the town of ghosts. Something we felt every time we got together with Victoria and started to produce sounds.
In the same time one can consider album as an audio book about The Frogs, their friends – the forest and the clouds, their women, their fears and their feats.
We would also like to mention and greatly thank our other collaborators:
Vadim Gusis aka Chaos As Shelter and Igor Krutogolov aka Igor18.
released March 1, 2005
2004 Auris Media / Topheth Prophet, AUM009 / TP004
G+S: computer, guitar, ocarina, drum machine, theremin, music box, singing bowls, mbira,
field recordings, live electronics etc
Victoria Hanna: vocals on tracks 2,4,6,7,8
Igor Krutogolov: bass guitar on tracks 2,8
Vadim Gusis aka Chaos As Shelter: vargan on tracks 2,8
Composed by Grundik+Slava
Mixed by G+S at New York and Bney-Brak
Mastered by Slava at Bney-Brak
Frog drawing by Slava
Cover design by G+S, Victor Levin, Uri Shaham
Produced by Uri Shaham and Victor Levin
Israeli label dealing with unusual experimental/avantgarde music.
Was established in 2003 and was
dedicated to promote underground and independent music scene in Israel. The label plans to release the works and unique collaborations of independent artists of any kind from Israel and abroad, as well as live recordings of concerts organized by "Auris Media"....more