9.24.2013

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ASTMA + MEANZA
"raw volumes"
Year:  2017
Country:  Russia, Italy
Label:  Aut Records
Format:  CD
Tracks:  7
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:      Rhythmic        Experimental




















"Raw Volumes" documents the meeting between noise mavericks ASTMA and electronic sound artist Bob Meanza. Behind the name ASTMA lies the duo of Alexei Borisov, legendary multi-instrumentalist from Moscow underground scene since the 80s, and Olga Nosova, emerging drummer and vocalist in Berlin's experimental scene. Known to be unapologetic forces merging free improvisation and noise attitude, ASTMA are touring internationally with a mutable setup, often playing "on the brink of failure", with broken devices, found objects, unpredictable connections. On the other side, there's the nerdy approach of Michele Pedrazzi, working here with the moniker Bob Meanza. His taste for detailed sound design and digital shininess (see "OU", Aut Records 2015) reflects in his rather melodic intentions and gentle technicism (like in his robotic installation "Cicadas"). And that turns to be a perfect complement to ASTMA's sound invasion. A very sharp and spontaneous meeting was recorded in Berlin, and the material was then polished enough to let the inner structures of each piece emerge and take form. Nurturing the sound but leaving it untamed, as it was supposed to be. The quest for the nastiest chaos and the cleanest geometry can lead to unique objects: that's what these "Raw Volumes" are - primitive crystals that come out of the dirt, in their precious and dangerous sharpness.
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ASTMA +
JELENA GLAZOVA
Year:  2017
Country:  Russia
Label:  Freak Friendly
Format:  CD
Tracks:  4
Time:  22 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Minimal         Noise



















As usual another Alexei Borisov recording hard to describe with an only one adjective. Some words which can to remind this album: minimal noise, glitch, experimental... whatever. But as also usual the best to understand or to feel this music is just listen to it. In this cassette made sounds three russian musicians: Alexei Borisov and Olga Nosova (ASTMA) and also Jelena Glazova.
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ALEXEI BORISOV +
VITALY MAKLAKOV
Year:  2017
Country:  Russia
Label:  Ostorga
Format:  CD
Tracks:  3
Time:  44 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Field Recordings






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"Floors in between"
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Label:  Ton Doigt Dans Mon Cul
Format:  digital
Tracks:  7
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Glitch         Noise





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ALEXEI BORISOV +
OLGA NOSOVA
Year:  2015
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow , Saint Petersburg
Label:  Heart Shaped Box
Format:  CD
Edition:  30 copies
Tracks:  1
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:       Field Recordings

















Experimental sound collage recorded on September 23, 2015 somewhere in Russia. Veteran musician ALEXEI BORISOV next to the young "white hope" Olga Nossova, made this one track album of just an hour of field recordings, noise and strange and almost impossible to describe electronic sounds. So many sounds happening all of the time that is impossible to count them and to describe them. We can just to listen to it with calm and attention and to discover from a train to the wind to the street, distortions, manipulated sounds and mixes with electronic and natural (organic) sounds. After the recording, another russian musician with quite knowledge in the field of noise and experimental music, Yura Gorodezkii, made a new work of remixed. The result is more than satisfactory despite to listen to sixty minutes with no stop can to become a bit difficult. The cover, back and general artwork was made by own label Vitaly Maklakov, "Heart Shaped Box Productions", and is an awesome dadaist collage with pics and paintings which can to help us to understand where and when this album was recorded. If someone want to buy the physical release can to write HERE .
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"Macbeth"
Year:  2015
Country:  Russia , Lithuania
City:  Moscow , Riga
Label:    Freak Friendly D.I.Y.
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  6
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Experimental        Noise




















ALEXEI BORISOV (Алексей Борисов) is one of the 3 first noise / industrial musicians in Russia (1979), active in a dozen of projects, organizer of "NOISE & FURY FESTIVAL" (Moscow), regularly performing all across the globe from New York to Beijing.  JELENA GLAZOVA is a young Latvian sound artist, visual artist and also poet. Active in a sphere of experimental music, actively performing across Europe and Russia. Author of 2 books of poetry. With these 2 people with such a high level, it is not uncommon to find with this new album "Macbeth," which already shows high quality just the first listen. Overall the album is not as abstract as Alexei others, but not so soft and so excessively as Jelena. In my opinion both have mostradoado the best of each one and put together in album form. All they are "easy" to listen and digest, although experimenal music and the feelings that come to mind when listening are: reflection, thought and maturity. With these 2 people with such a high level, it is not uncommon to find with this new album "Macbeth," which already shows high quality just the first listen. Overall the album is not as abstract as Alexei others, but not so soft and so excessively as Jelena. In my opinion both have mostradoado the best of each one and put together in album form. All they are "easy" to listen and digest, although experimenal music and the feelings that come to mind when listening are: reflection, thought and maturity. Borisov is in the world of music since early childhood and has played everything: classical music, post-punk, rock, harsh noise, industrial, free improvisation, etc. and this fact must be clearly noted in their work ... and it shows. Jelena is rather young, but her talent is easily recognizable and scent about experimental music is concerned. This is one of the albums that I really liked both artists.
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ASTMA +  ANDREY KIREYEV
"Bukowski's rustles"
Year:  2014
Country:  Russia
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  56 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Noise         spoken words





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https://ia902607.us.archive.org/31/items/alexeiandlazyfish-2014/alexi.jpgALEXEI BORISOV + LAZYFISH
Year:  2014
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Label:  none
Format: digital
Tracks:  6
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Experimental

















The first duo CD by Borisov & Sasha Lazyfish. is anothe by anti-solipsistic look at theire These authors past and present surroundings. To paraphrase the title of Borisov's latest solo album "Polished Surface Of A Table," This is a gaze from the Imaginary Space Between the seemingly solid table-plate and the lacquered surface on top of it, complete with stains and acoustic disturbances That Distort the perspective.   Borisov's Russian texts scan the picture of HIS everyday life, moving rapidly from "a vagabond from Dagestan" to "bio-Underpants" and Soviet hospital life to oblique Reminiscences of European demi-monde, Creating in Psychological process the compact and surreal verbal snapshots waterfalls in which multiple meanings border where complete Dissolution. The music, inextricably linked to the text, interpreted Could be The Same Way. It looks at the commonplace forms of rock song, free improvisation, muzak, "smooth jazz" with noise and the Purpose of Turning around to the viewpoint and the structures inside out. Through Improvised guitar and percussion, digital noise and low tech editing, deconstructed vocal muzak and recited "Typical Human Beings" AIMS To Be The Sound of adjusting standard-zoom perspective Into an impossible position and broken forms Functioning as if nothing HappenedAlexei Borisov Who Live in Moscow, and Helsinki-based Anton Nikkilä have Been Together Since 1994 recording and performing sporadically as a duet SINCE 1998 2004 Mark Surge in BOTH of Their common activities. The studio tracks on "Typical Human Beings" Both Were Recorded in Moscow and Helsinki, and the four live tracks Were Recorded in Russia and Estonia. Norwegian Trollofon advertized theire Festival concert in May 2004 Thusis "super unique with a futuristic electronic Baltic Sea as the lowest common denominator." While Sasha Lazyfish debuted internationally on the Touch / Ash International compilation "Decay" in 1997 Borisov is a true Veteran of the Russian music scene, starting in 1980 as the guitarist of Centre, the country's first new wave group. Both have Two Previously released solo CDs, eg Which have Been Comments this way: "Alexei Borisov is one of the must sound provocative artists to come out of the Russian proto-industrial scene" .
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https://ia601605.us.archive.org/1/items/LiveAtChomskyem190/AbFrontCover.jpgALEXEI BORISOV +
JELENA GLAZOVA
"Live at Chomsky, Riga"
Year:  2013
Country:  Russia , Lithuania
Label:  Electonic Musik
Format:  digital
Tracks:  1
Time:  22 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Experimental





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"Live in Paris"
Year:  2008
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Artist:  Алексей Борисов
Label:  Sickcore
Format:  CD
Edition:  200 copies
Tracks:  3
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Noise        Spoken Words



















Alexei Borisov was born in 1960 in the Soviet Union and from very young age he became interested in music. In the late 70s and during the 80s, he made music in bands comprised of pop / rock famous in the soviet scene such as: Notchnoi Prospekt, F.R.U.I.T.S., Volga, ASTMA and Fake Cats Project among many other projects.. He was in several bands recording different musical styles from noise-rock to new wave to folk, pop, punk, etc. until in 2000 when he entered into the field of experimental music aka "non-music". Since then he has stood out as one of the most famous and prestigious names of experimental music, specifically in harsh noise and free improvisation. Unlike other musicians the genus, Alexei is not known for recording dozens of albums every year, but the opposite, and in more than ten years he has recorded ten albums plus several splits next to other projects such as: KK Null, Sergey Filatov, Anton Nikkilä, Anton Mobin, Daruin, Cisfinitum, Jeff Surak, etc. Apart he has also maintained a musical career with his friend Olga Nosova from Saint Petersburg, who also features high quality in the field of experimental music scene. This album here below entitled "Live in Paris" is not a solo Alexei Borisov recording, but a collaboration with french musician: HEC. The live recording was made in 2007 in Paris and they used: distortion pedals, microphones, tapes, samples and objects and materials of various kinds (organic, artificial).  The result is exquisite and highly recommended, definitely one of those albums that bring prestige, value and "shine" to the scene, which that sometimes is seen from outside as a stagnant scene in: "more noise and more noise... and again... without sense". The release was made, promoted and distributed through russian label "Sickcore Records" and it seem is still avaible on physical format HERE .
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"Алексей Борисов"
Year:  2007
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Label:  RMG
Format:  CD
Tracks:  8
Time:  180 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Field Recordings


















Ultra huge ALEXEI BORISOV release made as a compilation or collection of eight different live concerts recorded in: New York, Richmond, Washington, Yaroslavl and Barcelona (this last one during the electronic music festival: "Sonar"). More than two hours full of experimental sounds, noises, field recordings, circuit bent and much more. This enormous CD is still avaible on physical format in RMG Records.
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ALEXEI BORISOV +
YURA GORODEZKII
Year:  2012
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Label:  Electronic musik
Format: digital
Tracks:  6
Time:  56 min.
Genre:  electronic ,  acoustic
Style:         Free Improvisation












Superb sound mix of "ambient noise wall" and free improvisation. Also 2 artists also include field recordings and spoken words, different recordings made outdoors, inside a house or extracted from the radio or TV. Almost 60 minutes of interesting experiments, in which no Noise becomes "annoying" or "disturbing" but simply in a continuous line of unusual sounds. By describing it in some way. It is a work of Borisov farthest to the "musique concrète" and closer to "Noise". Good job
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https://ia902502.us.archive.org/7/items/astmaastmaastmaastma/astma.jpg ASTMA & ASPIRALE
Year:  2013
Country:  Russia , Italy
Artist:  Alexei Borisov , Olga Nosova , Mario Gabola
& Maurizio Argenziano.
Label:  Zeromoon
Format:  CD
Edition:  200 copies
Tracks:  9
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Free Improvisation


















To review this record I think you have to divide it into 2 parts. One is Olga Nosova and flamboyant, eccentric and yet amazing way to play drums and sing vocals. And the other part, the other 3 talented Free Improvisation musicians since the 80s decade. I have personally played "rock" drums for many years, but always in a pattern, a structure and rhythm. This fact makes staff to pay close attention to how Olga Nosova deconstructs and constructs rhythms in just few seconds. Sudden changes in speed, intensity and shape to catch the drums. I hallucinate. Then of course there's the rest of the band, three experts in Free Improvisation and moderate and dosed noise. I liked what I heard it in its Bandcamp and I decided not to buy the audio file (mp3), but the physical CD. So this is a collaborative effort between these two duos yields a mashup of post post punk no wave sound art improv noise. Like smashing DNA & Wolf Eyes together with guitars whose necks were snapped yet are held together by a single string while free improv drumming propels the manic ramblings that reveal some yet to be described psychosis. If you like the simple, linear, monotone noise and no surprises this album is not for you at all. Conversely, if you like adventure and discover the artist's ability to surprise or even crashing, this is made for you.
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ALEXEI BORISOV +
CISFINITUM
"live in Kyiv"
Year:  2005
Country:  Russia
Label:  Live Reports
Format:  CD
Tracks:  4
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Dark Ambient





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"Polished surface of a table"
Year:  2004
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Label:  Electroshock Records
Format:  CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  51 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Glitch         Noise








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Year:   2001
Country:   Russia
City:   Moscow
Artist:   Алексей Борисов
Label:   Avanto
Format:   CD
Tracks:   1
Time:   30 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:        Experimental        Ambient
























Outside of his native Russia, Alexei Borisov is probably best known as a live performer with a sound and visual style That make his performances transcend the usual gig situation and resemble Beckett-style theater absurd. Perhaps the Most appropriate term for Their soundtrack would be "live collage" Often based on domestic or everyday materials - "found sounds" and home recordings of all sorts. They include field recordings and soundscapes of arbitrary conversations, diary-style mostly done with a cheap dictaphone, Borisov reciting his automatic writing-type lyrics, snippets of music from the radio, separate instrument tracks Recorded for his other projects, just playing on various instruments sleepwalking in a style or "blindfolded", as I've Described working his (anti-) method with computers. The elements are mixed and cut up through effects in a Manner Which Resembles remotely dj'ing With its sharp timing - Borisov's long experience as a live dj can be felt - or a telephone operator manually turning his work at a switchboard into poetry, as David Noted Keenan in The Wire: "The whole is rent with fuzzy, intercepted conversations archived wiretaps That sound like."
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