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ARTIFICIAL MEMORY TRACE (AMT) - Ama_Zone 1: Black Waters

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Monochrome Vision mv37
Release Year: 2011
Note: new recordings by this composer from former Czechoslovakia (now living in Ireland) who developed a unique style "sound paintings" through the years; "Ama_Zone" contains, different from his usual working method, almost solely unprocessed field recordings from a trip to Brazil - and presents the ever impressing sound ecology of the rainforest with lots of strange sounding animals during different daytimes (for example bats recordings with ultrasonic microphone, birds, giant wasps, otters, tree frogs)...
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"Slavek Kwi is sound-artist, composer and researcher whose main interest lies in the phenomena of perception as the fundamental determinant of relations with Reality. He has been fascinated by sound-environments for the last 30 years, focusing on electroacoustic sound-paintings. These complex audio-situations are created mainly from site specific recordings, resulting in subjective reports for radio-broadcast, "cinema for ears" performed on multiple speakers, sound-installations integrated into the environment and performances. Interested equally in free_music research as part of social investigations and employing the space_time and any objects it contains as instrument. His works oscillates between purely sound_based and multidisciplinary projects.
From the early nineties Slavek has operated under the name Artificial Memory Trace. He facilitates also experimental sound-workshops with autistic children and those with learning disabilities. The workshop technique places emphasis on extensive listening and the stimulation of creativity through observation and the support of natural tendencies.
Slavek Kwi was born in former Czechoslovakia, has been living 14 years in Belgium, from October 2000 he is based in Ireland. This album is basically the report about the trips to Brazil during 2007-2008. Everything you can imagine, from airport recordings and street noise to the environmental recordings of bees, bats, frogs etc, also the sounds of boat, campfire, underwater etc. Mostly unedited, these recordings are presented here as is, with some of them just transposed to have been heard by human ears. A kind of meta-reality, which is not accessible for those who never visited this part of the world." [label info]


"Someone who was never 'away' and who is not really, as far as I know, from the 80s, but more from the 90s and onwards is Slavek Kwi, better known as Artificial Memory Trace. Never made it really big, and his releases are wide and far apart. This particular new release is, as you might have guessed, about sounds captured in the Amazone, where Kwi was in 2007. Originally for an installation, but now brought back to stereo. The cover details pretty in depth what we are hearing and that there is hardly any form of sound processing going on. What we hear is what we get. Artificial Memory Trace (along with Toy Bizarre one of the few guys who still hangs on to his 'band name' thing) creates an excellent sound scape of animal sounds (birds, insects but also fish), water sounds and basically the entire environment. While there is not much sound processing, Artificial Memory Trace uses extensive layering of sound events which makes up a strong listening session. While marveling over this beauty I was thinking: Goddamn, why is this guy so unknown?" [FdW/Vital Weekly]