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Katalin Ladik - Water Angels
Katalin Ladik
Water Angels
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Alga Marghen)
23,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
"alga marghen proudly presents "water angels", an lp with previously unreleased tracks by katalin ladik, following the monumental "phonopoetics" from 2019. "water angel", the title track, is a side-long work from 1989. it began its life containing a plice of "o fortuna" from carl orff's "carmina burana" and was first staged in an artificial fog on a lake at the 1989 spoleto festival in italy. the texts include fragments of her own lyrics mixed with parts from james joyce and lewis carroll in a kind of sonic-textual collage of processed sounds superimposed to environmental field recordings. one can also hear the composer erno király, her first husband, playing his self-built instrument called "zitherphone", a 58-stringed huge engine of sounds assembling five zithers in a single body, with pick-ups placed on some of the strings. the first part of "water angel" was used as a starting point for "three orphans", another composition juxtaposing electronically modified voice with recordings of folk songs, this time hungarian. it's a kind of "adaptation of a hungarian folk ballad", utilizing recordings done in transylvania in 1940, registered with a wax cylinder phonograph and gathered by radio novi sad. thanks to the collaboration with boris kovac, the sound engineer for this project, the quality of katalin ladik's screams, whispers, chants, laughter, giggles is now significantly improved, and in some ways the subtle nuances of her virtuoso interpretation find here their most powerful rendition. also presented on this record are three and never before issued works created by katalin ladik in collaboration with the composer svetlana marasch at the electronic studio of radio belgrade in 2019, "electric bird", "white bird" and "ice bird". combining extended vocal techniques, processing and modular synthesis, these tracks confirm the artist's radical temperaments that helped to define her work during the 60s and 70s, while pushing it further into new territories thus revealing an artist with almost no peer in the experimental landscape today."
Katalin Ladik - Phonopoetics
Katalin Ladik
Phonopoetics
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Alga Marghen)
23,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
""phonopoetics" is the first ever survey of seminal hungarian artist katalin ladik's sonic efforts. a thing of beauty, drawing from the period between 1968 and 1993, its two stunning sides shatter the lines between performance, the spoken word, fine art, and experimental music, offering the terms to rethink how each is understood. born in 1942, katalin ladik has lived a wild and multifaceted creative life - beginning primarily as a poet of the written word, expanding into experimental theatre during the mid-1970s, and ultimately becoming an artist whose practice also incorporates sound and visual poetry, performance art, experimental music, audio plays, happenings, mail art, collage, and photography, built around visual and vocal expression, as well as movement and gesture. "phonopoetics", alga marghen's remarkably diverse survey of ladik's audio work, is a refracting lens into this dense and dynamic world - a totem which belongs to a sprawling puzzle of highly nuanced personal, social, political, and existential themes, springing from the feminist and gender neutral concerns of eastern europe during the 1960s and '70s. the totality of ladik's practice, particularly as it unfolds across the two sides of "phonopoetics", can be understood as a radical rethinking of the potential, manifestation, and application of poetry, as well as the fundamentals of vocalization. delving toward the very origins of consciously created sound -- spoken or otherwise, her efforts unseat the divisions placed between literary, musical, theatrical, and visual disciplines, joining them through the fundamental need and right to express. in the words of visionary sound poet henri chopin, ladik is "a great, magical voice." alga marghen's issue of "phonopoetics" places this little heard, and profoundly important artist into the center of you consciousness where she will no doubt remain. a vital entry in the field of sound art, historic eastern european experimental practice, and sound poetry."
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