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Koryak Mistress Stakes Golden Sky

by Aranos

Psychedelic aural hallucination inducing higher states of consciousness by totally organic chemical-free means.
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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1. Koryak Mistress Stakes Golden Sky
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Aranos (pronounced aranyosh) was born in Bohemia (part of Czech Republic). He has performed as a singer and instrumentalist since the age of 8 in folk ensembles, jazz bands, rock groups, gypsy bands, ceilidh bands and as a solo artist. Written and composed in various styles from classical music to rock. He has performed and composed in dissident theatres in former Czechoslovakia.
Aranos sings and plays violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, piano, keyboards, banjo, Chinese and Japanese flutes, santoor, drums, percussion, etc.
Aranos has recorded Traditional Irish, East European, gypsy and folk albums and CDs. Recently concentrating on experimental electro acoustic music mostly recorded in his own recording studio. His CDs and Vinyl records are released in Great Britain, France, US, Italy, Austria, Australia, Ireland and other countries. Aranos has written soundtracks to videos and fllms as well as theatre.
Aranos collaborates on a regular basis with Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound, David Tibet and Current 93, and has recorded albums with Jon Mueller and Chris Rosenau of Pele/Collections of Colonies of Bees and Crouton and El Monte (Nick Mott of Volcano the Bear). Pieros is his own record label, however, he has releases on Beta-Lactam Ring Records, Brainwashed, Crouton, Klanggalerie, Noise Museum, and United Dairies and others.
. In live shows Aranos plays violin and sings with a backing he recorded himself, performing song and compositions from his recent CDs.

Discography: Making Love in Small Spaces (Pieros 001)
Acts of Senseless Beauty (Nurse With Wound-Aranos,United Diaries UD 1000 CD)
Transfixiatio (Noise museuM)
Every Bright Body Gleams Green (Noise museuM NH 0735)
Swinging Reflective (NWW Collaborations)
Santoor Lena Bicycle
Trees are Life
magnificent1 magnificent! no-one knows the final word;
Sunlight Reaches Spring Rock (7\" vinyl),
Whilst Your Gaiety Melts (10\" vinyl),
Bleeding in Behind Pastel Screens;
And Soon Coffin Sings;
Throat Clearance;
Bering Sea;
Allied Cooking But Not As You Know It!;
No Religion;
Mother of Moons Bathing;

\" An amazingly skilled violinist and a brilliant singer.\"
Brian Conniffe

\"Aranos is a master of the stringed instrument\"
Jonathan Dean

\"\'This is the one\'.... you\'ll find yourself saying....
a sense of humour, he knows what he\'s doing...this with the amazing
gypsy Aranos on strings.\"
\"The greatest creation\"

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Barry Cullen

A shifting body of sound: Tonality is tweaked and tweezed into a slightly different form.

The album begins with low extended notes created by the three double-basses, they create a dark bed on which the other elements of this concerto will dance and rest. Synthesiser sounds appear in the mid-range over the soft edged bass, undulating slowly. Then appear high-pitched bleeping noises. The sounds are produced in such a way as to make gauging their pitch difficult and maybe pointless. You will probably not sing-along to this.

As the piece develops very short gasps of noise appear. They vary in colour with each burst. At times the pulsing is rhythmic at others they are more random. Bell like tones swell up from under the drones, sounding as if they have been treated with an old spring reverb. The bass resembles the hum of machinery, at times bringing to mind heavy duty equipment with menacing power and momentum. This sound fades after a while and jittery strings buzz and dart around in the space left without the low end anchor. A drum punctuates this busy panic-stricken mood, and then the low sounds begin again.

These sounds seem to repeat throughout the piece, but each time they appear they have mutated a little, having their tonality tweaked and tweezed into a slightly different form. The layers of sound, spiralling in the stereo field, sometimes sway gently from side to side, at others they dart around, spitting out dry, crunchy granules of sound. Sometimes these events move into the foreground, revealing strange digital artefacts in the processing whilst also maintaining an organic feel.

Throughout the sounds are overlayed in a way which could potentially lead the listeners attention in several directions; complex rhythmic patterns flutter between the ears when listened to on headphones, short explosions pierce the calm, the drones build and recede.

The last part of the piece features violins and viola playing a simple repeating motif which is left fairly dry and untreated, but which is made to become deliciously hypnotic with it's placement and movement of each instrument between the left and right.

Composition is in one movement; division into parts is possible but rather superfluous." This is a quote from the press given with the record. This piece is not so much about melody as it is about a body of sound, and how it's colours may shift and affect the listener. This record deserves and rewards repeated listens.

By Barry Cullen. Visit Barry at his Dodgy Stereo Blog.