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Format: CD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Mystery Sea MS51
Release Year: 2009
Note: lim. / numb. 150 copies with full-colour inkjet print cover
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.00

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"... A bunch of acoustic objects, bells, wood, metal, stones, are being played manually and then the sound gets processed with various electronics and layered into thick swirling drone pieces. Jgrzinich never stands 'still', its always on the move. Small crackles from field recordings, majestic drones from electronics, with always something new happening. This is a Jgrzinich as we would have expected. Perhaps a bit like the release by Steve Roden reviewed elsewhere, one could say that Jgrzinich doesn't change his mode of operation very much, which might be necessary by now. But without that one could easily say this is another damn fine disc. Perhaps not as aquatic as many of the other releases on Mystery Sea." [FdW / Vital Weekly]

"Currently involved in workshops, and coordinator for MoKS - Center For Arts and Social Practice, an artist-run international residency center and project space in Southeast Estonia, John Grzinich is a nomadic mixed-media explorer whose main tool of expression is sound composition declined in various forms : manipulation of acoustic, environmental sounds & found objects, phonographies, construction of original instrument devices, site-specific installations & performances, collaborative sound actions...
Active since the early 1990s, he has collaborated with many artists & famous names in this sphere such as michael northam, Seth Nehil, Olivia Block... he travelled also intensively through Europe, and published CDs on a plethora of labels, namely for instance : Intransitive Recordings, Elevator Bath, Orogenetics (US), Cloud Of Statics, Cut (CH), Edition Sonoro (UK), Sirr (PT), CMR (NZ), Erewhon (BE), Prele, Talem (FR)...

For Mystery Sea, John Grzinich has plunged deep into its own creative process to come back with "phase inversion", an haunting & soothing thorough sound litany...

Sinking slowly within,
oscillating slightly,
in a continuous imperturbable movement
at the heart of an unseen core
lies a point of entry,
a source of multiple diffractions...
Rubbings, vesperal sighs,
microcollisions, metallic asperities,
elemental debris,
tiny fragments recombine in a wordless score...
"phase inversion" turns things upside down,
makes Below becoming the Above,
draws a precise, refined outline
where each detail is like the echo of a new path...
a cognitive retraction..."
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