Skaņu Mežs 2014

by GAS OF LATVIA

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A long tracking shot down a dank corridor melting into slow motion waves. A slow fade into a man alone in a derelict house; and a woman's body floating face down in a swimming pool. The films of Katrina Neiburga could be fragments assembled from the cutting room floor of Andrey Tarkowsky or Jerzy Skolimowski; rich yet bleak, and pregnant with an unstable constellation of meanings. Accompanied by haunting music performed live onstage by Gas Of Latvia (aka Andris Indans), the assemblage became as compelling and beguiling as a dream. One of the country's most established electronic musicians, Indans has long produced soundtracks for renowned video artist Neiburga.On this occasion, the roles were reversed somewhat with Neiburga becoming VJ to a Gas Of Latvia gig. Yet she was not a VJ in any conventional sense. Image and sound were never crudely mickey-moused, rather working in counterpoint as the eerie atmospherics of Indans sounds are punctured by sharpbeats in unpredictable accents.
(The Wire)

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released March 9, 2015

recorded at Skaņu Mežs 2014, festival for adventurous music, Riga

music by Andris Indans
cover photo by Juris Justs

Setup:
Elektron Octatrack (samples from field recordings, modular synth, radio receiver etc)
Waldorf Blofeld + Behringer VT999 tube overdrive
Novation SLMKII (keyboard for Blofeld & Volca keys + mixer for Octatrack)
Korg Volca Keys
Korg Monotron Delay with resonance mod
Electro Harmonix Memory Man with Hazarai
Allen & Heath ZED-14 mixer

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