PARVENU | szmt

 

PARVENU | szmt
Gruen 178 | Audio CD > [order]
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Parvenu is a work about authoritarian structures and developments.
The narrative is abstract, all sounds are concrete. Every single sound on this recording is based on recordings from three bee hives.

 


 

Track List:

 

Sometimes She Had Melancholic Memories of Her Larval Stage – 11:48
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His Primary Role Was to Mate with the Fertile Queen – 9:04
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The General Skepticism of the Constitutional Monarchy Was Justified as New Forms of Authority Surfaced – 15:11
The Surviving Virgin Queen Hid in the Shadows of Her Former Kingdom – 11:37
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4 Tracks (47′00″)
CD (300 copies)

 


 

szmt: Tobias Schmitt
All sounds are based on recordings of bees taken at Senckenberg Institut, Frankfurt.
Mastering: Tomislav Bucalic
Thanks:
Diana Bowler (Bee Mistress)
Roland Etzin (Recording Equipment, Gruenrekorder)
Lasse-Marc Riek (Gruenrekorder)

 

Soundscape Series by Gruenrekorder
Germany / 2017 / Gruen 178 / LC 09488 / GEMA / EAN: 4050486125984

 


 

Reviews

 

Frans de Waard | VITAL WEEKLY
Behind szmt (no capitals needed) is Tobias Schmitt, better know, I think, as Suspicion Breeds Confidence, but also an improviser and organiser of concerts. As szmt he “contextualizes seemingly contradictory material and techniques. All input is equal and will be formed into a coherent but nevertheless open to misinterpretation result by means of improvisation and composition” and for ‘Parvenu’ we read that it is a “work about authoritarian structures and developments. The narrative is abstract, all sounds are concrete. Every single sound on this recording is based on recordings from three bee hives”, in which context I guess the whole authoritarian structures becomes funny. When I played this yesterday for the first time I didn’t look any of this up, nor could I really decipher the font on the cover and decided to give it another try, another day, which turned out to be today. Now that I know I am hearing the processed sound of bees, it sounds like something very obvious, but I guess that’s always the case. I assume that Schmitt is armed with a laptop and sound processing tools that lie within those machines to compose the four pieces on this CD. It is shimmering, quiet, sometimes loud, sometimes very processed, beyond recognition and then sometimes it seems to be fairly close to what is really a recording of a bee. Most of the times it sounds like the work of microsound, that active music force from a decade ago, but in the case of szmt that is perhaps 2/3 of the story. In “The General Skepticism of the Constitutional Monarchy Was Justified as New Forms of Authority Surfaced” (all four titles are that weird, indeed), Schmitt let’s his bees do a dance, and while not really techno music, or perhaps something we could or should dance too, there is surely some kind of groove to be detected. Schmitt’s work reminded me of Roel Meelkop, Marc Behrens and that posse, but he added his own twist by allowing a more loop based structure, working his processing around those, calling for minimalist developments within each piece. It’s these perhaps not so big differences that actually made it stand out from the microsound as it was before and made it into something he can call his.
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Guillermo Escudero | Loop
Szmt aka Tobias Schmitt is a german sound artist based in Francfurt Am Main who has released four albums and a couple of singles for Attenuation Circuit, Acrylnimbus and Murmure Intemporel. He has participe a several groups, solo works and collaborations with other artists. „Parvenu“ is a work on structures and all sounds are concrete. Each sound in this release is based on recordings of three beehives. Some of the sounds are inaudible and all of them electronically processed allow to configure an abstraction of those innumerable actions that nature allows in beehives. Repetitive and structured actions that insinuate an established order and hierarchy as in a society like ours. “The General Skepticism of the Constitutional Monarchy Was Justified as New Forms of Authority Surfaced” proposes brittle and mechanical rhythms, differentiating from the album abstract sounds.
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