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Joshua Sabin - Sutarti
Joshua Sabin
Sutarti
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Subtext)
14,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
On Sutarti Joshua Sabin draws influence from the compositional structures and psychoacoustic properties that exist within early Lithuanian folk music, exploring the emotional potency of the human voice through the manipulation of elements of archival recordings. * Obtaining access to the folk music archives of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Ethnomusicology Archive from the outset of this project, Sabin felt a particular resonance with the extensive library of vocal recordings and specifically the song forms of the Sutartin?. Derived from the Lithuanian verb 'Sutarti' - to be 'in agreement', 'to attune' - Sutartin?s are a Lithuanian form of Schwebungsdiaphonie - a distinct canonic song style consisting of two or more voices that purposefully clash creating extremely precise dissonances and the phenomena of aural 'beating'
Yair Elazar Glotman - Compound
Yair Elazar Glotman
Compound
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Subtext)
14,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
* Under his guises Blessed Initiative and Ketev, as well as his own name, composer and sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman has explored extended techniques and processes to forge new sonic textures and musical forms. Compound picks up where the previous solo work under Glotman’s own name - 2015’s Études - left off. The acoustic sound palette has now expanded from solo contrabass into a trio including pianist Rieko Okuda and percussionist Marcello Silvio Busato.

* Glotman guides the trio into utilising sounds from the edges of their instruments’ abilities - arguably mere byproducts of harmony - and through improvisation, repetition, and post-production, conjures new sonic bodies over two sidelong pieces. His guidelines for each improvisation gave the players autonomy to emphasise the microscopic details of certain sounds: the shudder of a piano key, the hum of a cymbal, the incidental click of a plucked contrabass string. The recordings were then layered and reformulated by Glotman into two separate structures to complete the composition process. Both ‘Veil’ and ‘Revelate’ utilize the full spectral potential of each instrument, revealing new rhythmic patterns and harmonic content in the process.

* Taking Glotman’s microscopic focus on instrument noises he put began on Études as a starting point, the trio on Compound ultimately bring into question both density and contrast, rhythm itself losing its stricter structures and becoming a purely pattern-based driving force in the music. The resultant unit contradicts and opposes itself, all sorts of clashing rhythms and melodies coexisting within the body of the two compositions of evolving sonic architecture.

* Based in Berlin, Yair Elazar Glotman is a classically-trained musician and sound artist. Besides previous works on Subtext including Études, a collaborative score with James Ginzburg experimental film Nimbes, and the eponymous debut of his Blessed Initiative project, Glotman has released music via Opal Tapes and others under the nom de plume Ketev.
Goncalo Penas - Ego De Espinhos
Goncalo Penas
Ego De Espinhos
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Subtext)
14,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Continuing Subtext’s exploratory electronics and devastating sonics is the expansive Ego De Espinhos, the debut full-length from twenty-two year old Porto, Portugal-based artist Gonçalo Penas.
James Ginzburg - Six Correlations
James Ginzburg
Six Correlations
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Subtext)
8,99 €* 14,99 € -40%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Six Correlations was originally composed for a commissioned performance in Berlin and recorded in early 2018 over three days. The project explores the intersections between traditional music from various cultures, with a particular focus on Gaelic folk music native to the remote island regions of Scotland, where half of Ginzburg’s family originates from.
Cevdet Erek - Davul
Cevdet Erek
Davul
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Subtext)
19,54 €* 22,99 € -15%
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The debut full-length from Turkish musician Cevdet Erek. The title refers to Erek's instrument, a large drum with many names, common in Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East. Erek plays the drum with his own unusual method, utilising a large soft mallet alongside various smaller implements to beat and distort the skin of the drum, tuned lower than normal, taking advantage of being able to walk around the studio or installation spaces with the instrument.
Blessed Initiative - Blessed Initiative
Blessed Initiative
Blessed Initiative
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Subtext)
14,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
* Blessed Initiative is a project by Yair Elazar Glotman, which suggests a dissonant, coexistent state of extreme highs and lows. The album attempts to articulate a mental state of simultaneity, in which equilibrium is fleeting, fragile, and its scarcity is embraced. Opposite states coincide, contrast and reflect, creating moments of uncertainty and insecurity. Absurdity and at times even bliss are possible results, in the attempt to channel anxiety into creative forces rather than debilitating ones. In an environment where personas are the sums of the images they project, sounds are also no longer evidence of invention but of ever-changing combination, curation, and editing. The final persona is a sum of the chosen and the deleted, as well as what may be projected from outside, creating a confusing and conflicted self. The sounds collected here are attempts to compose on these uncertain grounds, and to reflect the anxiety released in all these sources’ meeting and interaction. As a singular project, Blessed Initiative stops to comment on the conditions that inform Glotman’s composition before and after it, and to acknowledge it as a non-linear, ongoing process.

* The focus on process and uncertainty is apparent in the album’s phrasing, re-articulation and cycles of repetition and deviation. The pieces were composed from sounds generated on the KYMA system, personal foley recordings as well as tape manipulations techniques. Minor sounds on major scales and micro-tonal tuning suggest an ambiguous harmonic sphere. These were then integrated within idiosyncratic rhythmic structures, at times integrating real spaces and resonating bodies as reverb and augmented echo chambers. Concrete, almost-recognizable organic sounds contrast with these abstract spaces and connect them to tactile experiences. These textures and structures are a palette that reforms and deforms as it cycles throughout the album.

* The photographic series “Relax (blue)”, 2004, by the artist Josephine Pryde was chosen for the album’s cover as a materialization of tension. The two images represent a closed cycle of energy and unfulfilled release.

* Yair Elazar Glotman is a classically trained musician and sound artist based in Berlin whose previous works on Subtext include the LP 'Études' and a collaboration with James Ginzburg titled Nimbes.
Yair Elazar Glotman - Etudes
Yair Elazar Glotman
Etudes
LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Subtext)
19,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Classically trained composer and contrabass player expands on his work with James Ginzburg on “Nimbes” and his analog tape work as KETEV (Opal Tapes, Where to Now?) with a record exploring the hidden resonances of the contrabass.
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