Stanislav Kreitchi

Voices and Movement

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For his second CD on Electroshock, Stanislav Kreitchi proposes once again a strange electro-acoustic mixture. He collages keyboard tracks, samples, sounds from the vintage ANS synthesizer, and material derived from the Ovaloid, a metallic sound sculpture. "Rhapsody in Rorschach" combines metals with spacy synth constructions, including a recurring theme that more than alludes to the opening credits of the classic Star Trek TV series. The main opus of this disc is the suite "Four Fantasies," impressionistic illustrations of the four seasons (each about nine minutes long). They form a close-knit cycle, each movement picking up sonic materials from the others while featuring its own set of distinctive sounds. The chosen palette for each season is somewhat predictable, but suitable nonetheless: wolves and Inuit-like voices for winter, water (melting snow) for spring, birds for summer, and finally wind, church bells, and mourning voices for autumn. Some melodic figures (mainly bird songs and a voice sample) come back too frequently, pushing the work close to the tiresome threshold, but in the end it makes a good listen, if lacking a bit of originality in the propos. The simple pairing of French horn and electro-acoustics in "Ruins in the Waste" provides an interesting contrast. The title track explores samples of voices and orchestras backed by a track of ANS synthesizer and cinema-like sound effects. Too scattered, it doesn't match the interest of what came before it. Voices and Movement proves once more that Russians approach electro-acoustics from a very different perspective than the French, British, or Canadians.