Prague’s fama Q string quartet perform avant garde works by pivotal Eastern European Fluxus figure Milan Knížák, including compositions dating to 1973 and all written in his unique style of clashing colours
“Violin was Milan Knizak's first instrument. He has composed hundred of works of this ilk. The first
one DHK, 45 years ago. Next to his destroyed works, Milan took notations of different composers, cut them and put them together (with his own score) into a collage, expressing his feelings and his apprehension of music.
'I am aware that the majority of my compositions are technically challenging, since I employ uncommon intervals, so as to make the musicians think in a different, novel way and to produce different colours in the “classical” passages too. If the instruments were arrayed “beneath one another”, simple melodies may come across as boring. In the case of interval skips, whereby I count
with a certain fuzziness, even falseness of tones, music is far more colourful.
I don't care who would perform my pieces, as long as they are solid musicians. I think I have written them in such a manner that they should not forfeit energy even when someone is not familiar with the modern playing principles, only their effect would somewhat shift. And I really don't mind any shift. One of my friends said that this music of mine is not similar to anything. I would like to add that it is similar to everything. Perhaps both are true.' Milan Knizak, April 2018”
The ambient lords of 12th Isle encourage open minds to listen deeply with Pataphysical’s first full length release, rendering a close approximation of their acclaimed live shows
While shy of an apostrophe, Pataphysical live up to their enigmatic moniker with a sound that hypnotises and invites listeners to drift into other dimensions of perception and explore those liminal, meridian headspaces beyond everyday, waking frames of thought.
Employing singularly expressive forms of synthesis and the natural grain of field recordings, the group follow gently spiralling planes of enquiry in eight parts, glyding from the blissed out pastoralism of ‘Dream Reveal’ to velvet-clad subbass depth charges in ‘Aun Cyc’ and ‘Montoon’, and on thru the milky spumes of ‘Protae’ to an unmissable highlight that hits right between the pineals of BoC and Huerco S in in ‘Purlo.’
A Colourful Storm presents a mini-album by Kallista Kult, the newest and most shadowy members to join the label's eclectic roster.
"Rumoured to be comprised of a core group of modern Oz improv and DIY luminaries with ties to Brandenburg and Black Rock, the sprawling, deeply evocative tracks draw comparisons with the Ghost Box axis, that Michael O'Shea record, Inga Copeland and, dare we say, those rare-as-hen's-teeth Threshold Houseboys Choir CDR's."