"Mauve Cycles" by Anny Zaradny is a significant release. It is the first solo CD by the artist with already considerable output, including improvised music, composing for theatres, collaborations with visual artists and sound installations. Also, the involvement of women in the contemporary experimental music still seems to be perceived as unusual (hence the compilation releases such as "Women in Electronic Music" from 1977 or "Her Noise" exhibition from 2005) and in Poland it is a marginal phenomena.
What immediately captures attention in Anna's music is the diversity of colour and texture: noisy, harsh, prepared, digitally manipulated. The unusual thing is the almost baroque ornamentation. The production of the recording, emphasising the dynamics of sound, reveals the remarkable abundance of textural detail, especially at high volume. The rich arrangements make one think of orchestral momentum, which is not surprising in the context of Zaradny's classical music education. Sensitivity rooted in the aesthetics of '60 sonoristic avant-garde (Pauline Oliveros, David Tudor, Gordon Mumma), combined with years of experience and collaborations with world's leading free-improv and sound artists (Tony Buck, Burkhard Stangl, Cor Fuhler, Zbigniew Karkowski) result in the two parts of "Mauve Cycles".
At structural level, Anna's music is built of interweaving, constantly evolving sound and rhythm blocks, organised into the title cycles. Even if the elements of this sound mosaic can be categorised (drone, field recordings, extreme sonoristics, oscillator rhythms), every now and then the order is shattered by violent, out of context sound intrusions. The feeling of constant unease, both at compositional and sound levels, is one thing that makes the record stand out. The other is the focus on compositional aspect of the music, which distinguishes Anna's ideas from many other records.
The multilayer, spatial nature of the recordings resemble sound sculptures of Harry Bertoia, Christina Kubisch or Kaffe Matthews. "Mauve Cycles" seems to correspond with the output of these artists, as well as Eliane Radigue's or Delia Debyshire's, contributing to women's voice in the field of electronic preparations.
Anna is also responsible for the cover design, including the surprisingly romantic contribution from famous Polish graphic artist Marek Raczkowski. Recent musical activities indicated Anna's growing sensibility in the field of sound art, and this latest recording is the full expression of her experiences. It is another gem in the compositional series of Musica Genera label.
(–) Daniel Brożek
released July 9, 2015
CD: Musica Genera, G 004
Recorded and composed by Anna Zaradny
Mastered by Robert Piotrowicz
Design by MM
Artwork by Anna Zaradny
Drawings by Marek Raczkowski
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