Wednesday, November 5, 2008

KRZYSZTOF KNITTEL-LAPIS/LOW SOUNDS, LP, 1987, POLAND




This album will only ring an obscure bell for the handful of you out there with a working knowledge of the esoteric world of gallery edition LP's, as this album in it's original edition (encased in a cage of chicken wire) was prominently featured in the genre defining book Broken Music that this crowd uses as a bible, along with a passel of other LP's in equally curious packagings from the Polish Alma Arts imprint. Knittel's compositions evidently span the worlds of orchestral, choral and chamber musics in addition to electronic and electroacoustic works, though this is the only artifact of his I've encountered over the years, and the electronics heard here give off a whiff thats anything but sterile. I'll freely admit that the lengthy Low Sounds that encompasses side two has resoundingly failed to set my world on fire (a case of truth in advertising, just low lying thrums....should give a woodie to all the onkyo obsessives out there, though....), but the A side....aaah...the A side's a bloody delight, the extended electronic confection that is "Lapis" airily whizzing about a sound world thats largely tonal, unexpectedly cheerful and ferociously blippy, it's slip 'n' slide synthetic interweavings immediately evoking several things for me, none of them particularly commonplace, from obscure library LP's like Michel Gonet's Futura or Patrick Vasori & Jan Yrssen's Transparence to Luc Marianni's Six Synthetic Suites, posted recently by moi.

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Paul Durango said...

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Thx.

vdoandsound said...

paul durango-oh, and major thanks back to you. Your Moog 36 15, Library Hunt and self titled blogs have been an endless source of amazing discoveries for me as well...

Anonymous said...

HI please repost Manfred Schoof-European Echos!?
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a-g said...

Good indeed. Thanx!

Anonymous said...

ta for this. i agree, side a is a complete pleasure. john.

jim knox said...

nice one: cheers, ears!

some of Knittel's stuff figured on an ubuweb posting of old PL concrete. I think there's a new 4CD out as well...

Anonymous said...

hi
you have the greatest blog i've ever met. my respects.
by the way, do you have the object music compilation "indiscreet music - dubious collaborations"? i cannot find it elsewere, i believe you are the only one who may have it.
thanks for the great music

Music_an said...

i recommend you guys interested in Polish music search a torrent WARSAW AUTUMN - there's a definitive 10CD set (in a lossless format), NOT available for ANY sort of purchase, with all the classic stuff from Kotonski, Krauze, Sikorski, as well as mr Knittel. takes a week to d/load, but worth it.
i will be posting some such stuff at http://panmietek.blogspot.com/ in some time - gotta do tape transfers. i'll let you know.

per23 said...

This is an amazing piece of contemporary electronics I've heard in a long time. Coming from Poland I didn't know that we had such great artists. Do you have anything more form Alma Art archives?

wescwave said...

Can you re-upload this album please?
I would like to buy it, but I can't find it.
Thank you