Boomkat Product Review:
Jan Jelinek and Hideki Umezawa supply enchantingly abstract interpretations of Mads Emil Nielsen’s hand-drawn graphic scores alongside the Danish artist’s original works
‘Framework 2’ is the continuation of a series where Nielsen, and collaborators, subjectively transform hand drawn illustrations into sound, and vice-versa, on his arbitrary label. The results of Nielsen’s process were last heard on ‘Sichuan 1’, a 2018 compilation curated by Frank Bretschneider for Raster-Noton, and this new 2 x 10” features two previously unreleased works, and their reinterpretations.
On the first disc Nielsen’s notation of circles, zig-zagging lines and scribbles result a dense collage of scrabbly synth recordings made during a residency at EMS Stockholm in ‘Circle’, and a more intriguing cut-up of field recordings rendered in head-spinning stereo beside Andreas Neumann in ‘Framework Fragments’.
So far, so absorbing, but it’s the other disc that really takes our fancy. Jan Jelinek’s ‘Circles 2’ interpretation diffuses a microcosm of hyaline, radiophonic, electro-acoustic wonder according to laws of impossible, dream-like physics, while Hideki Umezawa decimates ‘Framework Fragments’ into chattering scree with a gently organic, elusive quality that’s easy to get wrapped up and lost in.