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Alone Vimalakirti Blinks

by Aranos

Avant garde music using classical instruments, field recordings, computer manipulation, voice etc. to create a variety of emotions by godfather of Gypsy Zen.
Genre: Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic
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1. Rocket Sandals
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19:39 album only
2. This Job Is So Boring
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9:15 album only
3. Yellow Bedspring
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9:52 album only
4. Beter Universe No. 2
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7:40 album only
5. Seedling Awakes
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6:08 album only
6. Swing Low
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9:16 album only


Album Notes
This record contains 6 tracks:
Track one, Rocket Sandals is a pizzicato furioso (as opposed to fury piza) with a silent movie pianola, noisy banga banga and klavier delayage.
Track two, this job is So Boring was inspired by years, centuries, millenia, eternities of factory work, 8.30 - 5.30. producing expensive rubbish for people to buy on credit, so than they have to work in similar jobs. Experiment which proven I do not fit this kind of madness. factory went bust due to recession, the owners even had to sell their private helicopter! Not their numerous houses and cars though.
Track three: Yelow Bedspring - a pleasant little tune to make love to gently in a waltz time. It dissolves in a swimming shimmering wetness.
Track four Better Universe No. 2 is a collection of nice noises one encounters in dreams both sleeping and waking. It depicts green and lovely countryside, birds and bees, crunchy picnics with a nice bottle of beer, band playing with feeling and fabulous bike tearing about...
Track five Seedling Awakes - out of powerful darkness of earth slowly and unstoppably live surges up. Zither recorded in a large oak box specially constructed for this.
Track six Swing Low lighthearted but slightly sad re-visiting of and old gospel song, just reminding us what that promised land beyond Jordan is like. And yes there are many Jordans, and just as many shitty places beyond them.
Message is: do not bother dreaming about promised land, work thee not in a silly factory making somebody else rich, have a nice picnic, include a vintage bike if you like.

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
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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;
Koryak Mistress Stakes Golden Sky

" 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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Creaig Dunton

cover imageHis third full length release this year, this disc compliments the odd electronic elements of Koryak Mistress Stakes Golden Sky and the Tibetan chanting of Samadhi by focing more on the stringed instruments and less on the effects or electronic stuff, though it is still there. It is a bit of a scatter-shot approach, but here it works, mixing a variety of elements, electronic and acoustic, into an absurdly brilliant mix of styles.
There is a sense of the absurd running through the entire album, from the quirky elements of the sprawling 20 minute "Rocket Sandals" that would seem otherwise completely contradicted by the alternating string rattles and traditional playing that would, on its own, be much more tense and creepy. The jaunty synth pattern that opens "Yellow Bedspring" is also a stark contrast to the sharp Psycho like violin parts that come up in the latter half of the disc.

The gospel traditional "Swing Low" also appears here. The string arrangement is probably the most conventional element of the whole album, but the clicking that could almost be a ping-pong match that is being played in the background during the recording, and the falsetto vocals somehow combine the sadness of the original work with a more comical sense that is an odd contrast.

The other elements of the absurd aren’t as dramatic: "This Job is So Boring" meshes fast paced strings with a subtle punctuation of tabla percussion which, without the vocals, would have a very soundtrack quality to it. The lyrics call to mind Tax’s vocal elements of the everyman’s frustrations, though instead of taxes here it is mundane vocations. The white noise blasts that pop up here and there also punctuate the otherwise repetitive work nicely.

"Better Universe No. 2" focuses more on random electronic beeps and bleeps that surround the occasional distorted noise swell that, without the strings that appear here and there, would not be too out of line with the early electronic music experiments of the 1950s and 60s. "Seedling Awakes" takes a more modern electronic approach, all subwoofer shaking low end drone rumble that just has a dash of violin towards the end.

Compared to the other releases of this year, this Aranos album has less of a narrow focus and more room for experimenting and playfulness. The absurdity of the tracks are by far a great asset, channeling the sense of the word as it was originally intended. This is a complicated, yet extremely fun disc, which is a combination that doesn’t seem to occur with as much frequency as it should.