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ALEXIADIS, PANOS - Katabasis

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Rekem Records REKEM 04
Release Year: 2014
Note: debut album for this new Greek composer from Athens - psychoacoustic experimental sounds with no tonal relations, based on modular electronics, acoustic instrumental sources and environmental recordings, very nice! lim. 300
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"Katabasis' is the first solo album proper from Panos Alexiadis -an electronic musician based in Athens- following a series of cassette and cdr releases with various projects/aliases.

With a title that translates to descend, Katabasis is a concrte sound environment generated through real-time synthesis using modular electronics, acoustic instrument samples and location recordings. Aiming to create a distinct psychoacoustic experience, the music avoids any overt tonal structures, focusing instead on the construction of immersive acoustic spaces that display strong ties to classic electronic music as much as they reveal Alexiadis unique voice.

The music was mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, and is produced on an edition of 300 on vinyl. The first side of the LP houses the main piece itself, while the second provides space for an addendum which extends the possibilities of this music to a purely electronic piece. 15:21 mirrors the first track in its construction but drops the use of any pre-recorded elements from its palette, revealing the stark and raw beauty at the root of the artists work." [label info]

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"This is the first 'proper' release by Panos Alexiadis, who already released music on cassette and CDR before, but under different names and projects. The title, apparently, translates as 'descend' and the music is made with the use of "modular electronics, acoustic instrument samples and location recordings" and the record has two pieces, the part one of the title piece on side A, and '15:21' on the other side. There is some difference between both sides, even when they also seem to employ similar approaches. The approach is, at least that's what I think, to play sounds according to some plan but in the stage of execution all a bit looser operated. It means that the music is not strictly composed, nor entirely improvised, but it's somewhere between these ends. That's what makes both sides similar, I guess. The difference lies in the variety of sounds used, or in the limitation there-of. In '15:21', Alexiadis seems to be using mostly the modular synthesizer in solo mode, save for the
addition of effects - reverb and delay, although perhaps also created with the same modular synthesizer. That makes this side not unlike what they call 'early electronics', like a private pressing from those days of a long forgotten composer. Things are a bit more complex on the other side of this record, the title piece. Here he uses more sound sources, even when they are not always easy to be recognized, but the multitude of inputs makes this a more complex piece of music than the other side. It's a bit chaotic at times and in the end it sounds a bit more improvised and more loosely put together. I enjoyed the less complex '15:21' over this one, since it had a more clear build up and that works for me a bit better. But also for the title piece one could say it is like an obscure 'early electronics' record. Nice work altogether." [FdW/Vital Weekly]