9.15.2013

GRISHA SHAKHNES

































"All this trouble for nothing"
Year:  2015
Country:  Israel
City:  Tel-Aviv
Artist:  Grisha Shakhnes
Label: 
Format:  CD
Tracks:  6
Time: 
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Field Recordings



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2013.04.10
"Mites"
Year:  2013
Country:  Israel
City:  Tel Aviv
Artist:  Grisha Shakhnes
Label:   Glistening examples
Format:   cassette
Tracks:  4
Time:   38 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:         Field Recordings
























The music of MITES (created by the israeli Grisha Shakhnes), reminds me of a sensation I also have while listening to Jeph Jerman’s music- a kind of strange disorientation that comes partly out of the feeling that I should be able to recognise many of the sounds that appear in his tape collages, but they are all slightly removed from reality, doused in a sheen of analogue distortion or filtered through their recording onto far from pristine media. I reviewed a recent album here a while back. This new album of three pieces, titled "Passing Resemblance" and yet another new disc from the Copy for your Records label uses similar techniques to that earlier disc but also adds a new dimension through the more episodic structure in places and in particular throughout the long closing track "Why elephants are not allowed to cross a bridge". Shakhnes seems to use multiple cassette tape recorders to (I would guess) record a number of murky, lo-res field recordings, which he then (guessing again) combines with found tapes and perhaps some recordings of instrumental sounds into a charmingly simple stream of layered  textures and hazy, faintly recogniseable events. There is a very lo-fi feel to it all, but also a sense of composition rather than improvisation, even if the music has been executed in one take. The careful accumulation of the raw materials for this album is no accident.
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