Label: Astral Spirits - AS054,Monofonus Press - MF154 • Format: Cassette Album • Genre: Electronic • Style: Abstract
Phonetic The Puzzle About Looking Counterbalance Headway This is Mazurek's first recording featuring Piccolo Trumpet, acoustic and processed with his modular synths, with modules by Make Noise, Industrial Music Electronics and Doepfer, alongside voice incantations and mystic bell projections. It is also one of the first Mazurek albums recorded entirely in his new home in Marfa, Texas. All 4 of the "Chimeric Stoned Horn" lithographs will be on display and will be accompanied by 4 cassette players playing the sound of this album as you look at them through 3d glasses.
More info: www. Astral Spirits first CD release! Also available as a more limited Cassette, both are out Sept. Aural and visual experiences are treated interchangeably, with one influencing the other. Colours, projected as video or painted on paper, frequently serve as the departure point for his musical improvisations. Synaesthesia is what he's aiming for, painting in sound, composing with colour and light, hopnig to thereby overcome the barries between our senses.
His present exhibition at URDLA builds on these endeavours, Mazurek employs various techniques such as lithography, spray painting and collage, combining them in unexpected ways. Delicate Stoned Horn - Rob Mazurek - Chimeric Stoned Horn particles, suggestive of distant interstellar nebulae, are superposed in the lithographic process, with stereoscoppy oftentimes adding a three-dimensional effect.
Further depth is created by cutting up and combining these prints, creating layers upon layers of Stoned Horn - Rob Mazurek - Chimeric Stoned Horn colours. All with the stated intent of "exploding the image," moving from a simple flat surface to bottomless constructions which engulf the spectators and make them question their spatial relation to the work in front of them.
One finds here a certain kinship with Mark Rothko, who wanted his viewers to be visually surrounded by colours, therefore asking them to stand close to his works. But it is likewise the imposing figure of Morton Feldman, seminal composer and a close friend of Rothko's, which casts its shadow on Mazurek's work. For at the centre of the artist's hazy coloured clouds there is, unsurprisingly, sound - in particular the measured tectonic shifts of Feldman's solemn music, as well as the grainy texture of some of Lustsmärta - Kung Oberon Och Bundsförvanter - Förklarar Kallt Krig electronically aided productions.
Sound is transposed into visual phenomena, with an ease that is the artist's Louie Louie - Various - Frank & Louies Greatest Hits (Songs That Rock The Swamp, Commercials & More, but without a rigid system of equivalents imposed on the viewer. Experiencing waves resonating throughout the body. This exhibition is thus a further demonstration of the interconnectedness of Rob Mazurek's visual and musical output.
It is the latter that remains better known, having earned him fame as a prolific and versatile composer. Since his beginnings in the Chicago jazz scene his musical interests have spread out in all directions, resulting in a vast catalogue that defies simple categorisation. Whether he's exploring musique concrete and electronic sound in his solo recording, composing for a great variety of groups like his volcanic Exploding Star Orchestra or the longstanding Chicago Underground Duo, or collaborating with musicians like Pharoah Sanders, Roscoe Mitchell or the late Bill Dixon - Rob Mazurek is sure to stay in constant transformation.
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