Ilya Monosov

Vinyl Document #1

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This is a very strange release. Presented by the label as an LP, it lasts only 25 minutes, but don't let that diminish your possible interest in it. On the A side there are two tracks by sound artist Ilya Monosov. First up is "Music for 2 Glitching Organs," a quiet organ drone that refuses to take the "right" route as the sounds keep breaking up and stuttering. "Broken Music" rounds up this side with two minutes of looped music boxes, also stuttering and skipping. Side two presents "Slip Static," a remix by Andrew Deutsch of sounds taken from Monosov's Music for Everyone. Bowed metal, objects lightly hit, and drones are arranged into a shimmering orchestra to which Deutsch adds accordion drones by Pauline Oliveros. The music comes together through the weaving of patterns, as harmonics from certain samples seem to be "picked up" by others. The project as a whole is filed by Monosov himself under the category "broken music," but it shares very little with Milan Knizak's crude vinyl sound collages. Where the Czech conceptual artist emphasized the broken nature of his material, Monosov makes his instruments appear like they were never meant to sound any other way.

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