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Tax

by Aranos

Lament on the way we all pay for wars through tax. And nature of wars. Played and sung as if from Transcarpatian forest.
Genre: Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic
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1. Innocent in the Garden
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2. I Pay Tax
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3. You Pay Tax
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4. Wouldn't You Like to Know
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5. We Train
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6. Sargeant Zero
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7. Padre Speaks
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8. With Our Killing Costume On
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9. Interrogators
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10. Bus Conductor
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11. I Don't Want to Pay for War
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Aranos: Tax (Pieros 010CD)
Tax is a record with a political theme. How much tax we all pay? Usually we think of income tax only, (which incidentally was introduced in England to pay for Napoleonic wars and was and is collected ever since). But we also pay tax on all purchases and services. It is a lot of money and proportion of it goes on war. More in some countries, less in others. In global economy we all pay for all the wars everywhere.
Example: Parts of this computer were made in China, by giving Chinese government some of my money I also pay for weapons that Burmese government uses to brutalise it’s population.
Now what is war? Bunch of people dressed in costumes (uniforms) killing another bunch of people dressed in different costumes. These costumes enable them to behave in a fashion that would be considered criminal under different circumstances. The military costume wearers do not know anything about the other costume wearers; some of them might be perfectly nice people. But they wear different clothes so "KILL THEM!" Insane or what? And my (and your) tax is paying for this.
In concept the record is fairly original in that it treats one theme and it’s aspects, an oratorio on the theme "lament about human stupidity".
What can we do? I do not know, Maybe we can start thinking about demanding different approach by our leaders; after all it is our money.


Gypsy Zen
Aranos (pronounced aranyosh) was born in Bohemia (now a part of Czech Republic). 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 in mainland Europe Britain and Ireland.
Written for and and performed in dissident theatres in former Czechoslovakia.
Aranos sings and plays violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, guitars, mandolin, piano, keyboards, banjo, Chinese and Japanese flutes, santoor, drums, percussion etc.
Aranos recorded Traditional Irish, East European, gypsy and folk albums and CDs. Recently concentrating on experimental electroacoustic music recorded mostly in his own studio and released in Great Britain and France, USA, Austria, Australia, Ireland, Italy
Aranos has written and recorded soundtracks to film, video, theatre and multimedia productions. Co-operates on regular basis with award winning writer and poet Max Hafler, legendary producer Steven Stapleton, Nurse With Wound, David Tibet and Current ’93, Volcano tha Bear and others. In 1999 set up his own recording label Pieros.
Since 1998 involved in Carol Langstaff's dance company Flock, as a dancer as well as a composer.



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 (collaboration with NWW)
Trees are Life
magnificent! magnificent! no one knows the final word ( Pieros 002CD)
Whilst Your Gaiety Melts (10" vinyl on beta lactam records)
Sunlight Reaches Spring Rock / One Live Duck Budges Surf (single on Klang Galerie)
Bleeding in Behind Pastel Screens (collaboration with Art Rosenau and Jon Mueller)
Brain on the Wire (Compilation)
Tangomango
Bering Sea
No Religion (7" vinyl)
And Soon Coffin Sings
Live in Galway (DVD)
Banished in Spattered Relish
Mother of Moons Bathing (Soleilmoon Records)


In live shows Aranos plays violin and sings with a backing he recorded himself.


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John Brook

Run off Groove
*Aranos * is an artist who has done his share of traveling, and through observation he has come up with a project that will make people think of their actions and surroundings. It's an album called /Tax/ (Pieros), and just as *George Harrison* once talked about how everything will one day be taxed, Aranos suggests that we live, breath, and die with tax on our minds, and if there was a way, they would tax the concept of our souls too. The album looks at the many concepts of tax and the need for money or any type of currency to make the world go 'round. In "I Don't Want To Pay For War" he says /Hey Mr. Politician, we paid enough for your ambition/I don't want to pay for any war anymore/the way they use media and teach history in school/telling us to accept that the wars are really cool/everything is resolved by force and violence/we have to spend more and more on so called defence/I don't want any more armamants/No more crazy governments/I don't want to pay for any war anymore/. In "I Pay Tax" he gets into a blues motif as he wakes up in the morning to wash his face and brush his teeth, only to come to the realization that everything around him is money meant for someone else. "With Our Killing Costume On" talks about how people put on costumes to kill others with different costumes, for the sake of national security and freedom. Money is truly the root of all evil according to Araon, and through various styles of music he expresses himself in a way that sounds like *Ruben Blades* meets *Tom Waits*, with a few *Zappa*-esque qualities.. Hearing this makes you wish all of us, regardless of country, were more self-reliant, and it's difficult to find a way to get out of that, and not have to pay for murders and wars that happen elsewhere. This is an album that should be sent to every politician around the world. Perhaps Aranos is saying "I dare you to prove me wrong". Music for the people. *
John Brook, Run off groove

June Swoons

Nadamucho
TAX!Aranos - Tax
Pieros 2007

Capitalism.

The word provokes serious political debate. The kind that is best avoided in the company of surly foreign nationals at your local watering hole.

Nevertheless, the topic has made for some great anti-establishment songwriting, even if it is hackneyed and polemic these days. Or is it?

It's safe to say that 21st Century America wasn't deceived for the first time when the phase "fuzzy math" driveled from our fearless leaders' lips in 2000.

See, today's free market economy has plenty of new virtues. Like rewarding corporate America for disguising our sweatshop textile dependency with arrogant globalization tactics. Like utilizing today's trade programs to exploit cheap labor abroad.

Meanwhile, tell folks in Detroit that unemployment is better now than in the 1980s and you might find yourself walking away backwards...very slowly.

Czechoslovakian musician Aranos would probably agree that the vices of our socio-economic makeup that really hit home may never really change.

Since maniacal religious zealots coined the term "tithes", man has been paying taxes for centuries. And while some of us today are plagued with guessing what an acceptable expense to our Schedule C is, others may have to make up their numbers (luckily, Big Brother isn't cracking down on you service industry folks yet).

Whatever your method of sharing beans with the man, hopefully you come out ahead. If not, G Dubs has your back with a little last-year-in-office ass-kissing.

If the IRS happens to find you by the balls, so to speak, you have every right to be pissed, knowing full well where your hard-earned tax dollars are being spent (50 percent, per this little tidbit of happy carbon footprint times).

Americans should realize that pleads for tax money better spent are also shared with other developed countries of the world.

Aranos has written an album about taxes that is more cynical than angst-riddled. In fact, Tax seems to cover every possible facet of ridicule in the conception of objectionable tax spending. A concept album this relevant to the events of the turn of the 21st Century is not to be missed.

"Innocent in the Garden" begins with a colorful glimpse at the musicianship of Bohemian-born Aranos (pronounced aranyosh). The multi-instrumentalist employs violin at the centerpiece of the album, while the sounds of church organs, upright bass, and trumpet also comprise his miniature orchestra.

The listener's attention is immediately demanded by the soulful sound of a genuine, gypsy-folk music. The beauty lying therein is completely immeasurable to the newer artists of recent times that pursue a modern take on said genre. (I just sneezed and it sounded like 'Gogol Bordello'.)

In the first few tracks, "I Pay Tax" and "You Pay Tax", the idea of paying taxes is minimized by class, binding society together under a simple cause. The rolling tones of a double bass segue to sounds of street corner a capella on "Wouldn't You Like to Know".

By the fourth track, Tax is going places, and it's getting deeper in both cynicism and bass.

As horns and pianos weave in and out, a hypnotic loop is created that practically disguises the message. Seems negligible, but the song itself personifies our most overlooked problem: our inability to recognize the obvious. We are funding the war that most of us protest.

Aranos is at his best when the satire is not only lyrical, but also plays through musically. The track, "With Our Killing Costumes On", sounds silly as the title suggests. While the glissandi slides of violin are prominent in this number, the sound, oddly enough, is reminiscent to a chase scene from Looney Tunes cartoons, circa Bugs Bunny vs. Elmer Fudd era. The ridicule continues with the maddening sound of wood blocks and lyrics like "what fun, what fun, what fun, holding a loaded gun..." Ironically enough, Elmer Fudds' role was "hunting wabbits", but he usually ended up only injuring himself.

In "Padre Speaks", Aranos leads a ceremony awkward enough to make most altar boys cringe. As the organ bellows in the background, it is obvious the cynicism is directed towards the Catholic Church. His sermon pokes fun at soldiers, reminding them that God loves them all, despite the senseless nature of tasks required by their jobs. The closing of this mock homily is priceless: "Give us today our ammunition, to our enemies we'll bring attrition, deliver us from hesitation, victory to our glorious nation!"

The lyrical satire in Tax is precious, but the music itself should not be overheard. "Bus Conductor", this album's most engaging track, is thick in melodrama like an overcast Seattle. Casually sung lyrics about an innocent protagonist underscore the common sense of the concept that tax money is funding a war that cannot be won. The dynamics of voice and violin clash beautifully, and are taught by the shrieking quills to the bowed uprights' waltz; a classy way of keeping the listener listening. The effect is the musical equivalent of someone grabbing you and screaming, "Not only is war stupid, but you're helping pay for it, stupid". But everyone knows this and accepts it, and thus, the stunning violin has reached its apex, and slows to a heartbreaking close.

It would seem hands are tied when it comes to tax spending, so, what is the answer? The ink from drawing an anarchy symbol on my wrist has faded away, too. Capitalism might always be our double-edged sword of inseparable economic class. And if you don't want to fight anymore, then you can either play along or take the plunge.

Or, like Aranos, you can continue to resist and sleep better knowing that the answer is knowledge, and the key is continually sharing it with those who may be unaware.