Artemiy Artemiev

57 Minutes to Silence

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In the late '90s, composer and label director Artemiy Artemiev released electro-acoustic works by American artist Christopher DeLaurenti on one of his Electroshock Presents compilations. That is probably how their collaboration started -- out of respect for each other's music. 57 Minutes to Silence took almost two years to complete. It ranks among Artemiev's more experimental music, and of the four collaborative projects he simultaneously released in mid-2002, it certainly is the most challenging. Nothing is predictable during this hour of music. Both artists supply ethereal electronics and ghostly samples. Most of the album is spent in abstract electronic gestures, sculpted with artistry, slightly menacing. The title of "Internal Static Bursts" describes the quieter passages very well. The 15-minute "Transmission From the Coalfire" is the strongest piece, a puzzling chunk of electro-acoustics, well-paced and attention-grabbing. "Recalibration" leaves you hanging on to microscopic sonic threads. Sadly, in "Receiver Through the Nebula," Artemiev comes back to his old self with sweeping synths and sparse programmed drums, dragging the tail end of the album closer to his CDs with Phillip B. Klingler and Peter Frohmader -- an unnecessary attempt. "Solar Speech" brings things back to stranger territories, something like new age music revisited by Max/MSP patches.

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