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Simona Zamboli's first album on Mille Plateaux "Ethernity" is a piece of haunting music - vibrating, pulsing and cutting through the concrete and the chaos at the same time. Hushed and intimate in places, whilst in others, ruthlessly destructive, the album is a journey through trans-reality, not only as a melancholic drama, but also as a travel to alien worlds, hence as a necessity of an electronic intervention. "Ethernithy" is radical fictioning in a non-expressive, non-melancholic and ultrablack sense. Profound music demands blackness, not silence. When we speak of communication or mediation, the reference is always that of the mystical tradition of the via negativa; mediation and communication always imply the dissolution of sender and receiver, leaving not only the message that is the gulf or abyss, but a perception out there, which senses should be able to recognize and even love.

In this way the album conveys all these primal and ancient emotions in a cybernetically enhanced manner; smothered in a dissolute darkness that only the deepest recesses of space and reveal... 


TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Bless (interlude) (2:14)
2. Dream But Be Careful (5:50)
3. Noise Hub (6:11)

Side 2
1. Take Me Somewhere (5:30)
2. A Lightning Bolt Strikes The Mountaintop (3:40)

Side 3
1. Compossibility (7:04)
2. Let It Drain From You All (3:46)

Side 4
1. Russian Galaxy (4:29)
2. Trittico (feat Transgressorcorruptor) (4:22)
3. Ethernity (3:47)

Thomas Köner

Nuuk

    Thomas Köner is one of the most influential modernist minimal composers. Alongside Wolfgang Voigt’s “Gas” project, Köner has been centrally responsible for electronic music’s fascination with depth and reduction. His signature sound is vast, seemingly endless, which at first seems homogenous and infinite, but once exposed to it, when our senses calibrate to the fine nuances of changes, we discover and immerse into abundance of textures, richness of modulations and almost infinite range of sonic titillations.

    Köner’s work was inspired by his frequent travels in the Arctic, and listeners feel his music as a journey to mysterious worlds of the Arctic region. The experience of being exposed to the extreme cold, the heightening of our senses and ability to notice even the slightest changes in color, sound, light or density that creates this dangerously reductive environment, is like an immersion in the sonic world of this German artist, where masterfully crafted layers of sound open into colossal spaces, teeming with aural life, waiting to be discovered by those who venture into it.

    The titles of Köner’s highly regarded albums from the 90’s ever so often play with this affinity – Nunatak, Permafrost, Teimo - all reference to the world of the Arctic region, just as his album Nuuk that points us to the capital of Greenland. Subdued and minimal at first glance, this album is brimming with low-end frequencies, shadowy resonances and boreal ambience, but at the same time, constant fluctuation and vulnerability of sonic events, makes it very organic, human and almost comforting, like the tiny harbour existing in the sea of ice, it is named after.

    Originally published as one of four CD’s on the 1997 compilation Driftworks, which also included albums by Nijiumu, Pauline Oliveros & Randi Raine-Reusch and Paul Schütze, the album was re-released in 2004 by MillePlateauxMedia. It also served as the source of music material and inspiration for Thomas Köner’s video art by the same title, which was awarded a Tiger Cub Award at the 34th International Film Festival in Rotterdam a year later.


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Nuuk (Air)
    A2. Polynya I
    A3. Nuuk (Day)
    B1. Amras
    B2. Nuuk (Night)
    B3. Polynya II
    B4. Nuuk (End)

    Various Artists

    Clicks & Cuts 3

      Mille Plateaux round up some of their favourite laptop glitchtronica, lo-fi hi-fi grooves and minimal electro-deep house for your listening pleasure! Includes tracks by SND, Andreas Tilliander, MRI, Alva Noto, Swayzak, Tim Hecker etc.


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