STATE CHANGES ACCORDING TO A WIND

State Changes According To A Wind: Allenby Bridge Crossing Point

JVT0002 (Jvtlandt 2009)

CD in transparent jewelcase + 8 pages booklet

 

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This part of Martin Vognsen’s project State Changes According To A Wind consists of an ambitious suite, incorporating over three years of work. Digital manipulations combine improvisations by Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, Kumiko Takara and others with Vognsen's symphonic orchestrations and field recordings, creating a mix of distorted atmospheres, ambient noises and rushes of rhythm.

 

"You know the kind of shock or surprise that hits you very, very slowly? Sometimes you wake up and find bite marks from a snake on your ankle. Sometimes the most dramatic events happen too slowly to notice. Other times too fast. Sometimes not at all."

-Martin Vognsen

 

pt 1 [8:03]
pt 2 [7:48]
pt 3 [5:10]
pt 4 [7:00]
pt 5 [9:32]
pt 6 [14:12]
pt 7 [3:14]
pt 8 [3:23]
pt 9 [3:26]
pt 10 [8:51]
pt 11 [4:52]

total [75:34]

 

 

 

 

"...denne imponerende, storslåede, så gennemkomponerede og hele vejen igennem dragende komposition. (...) et gennemført og ambitiøst værk (...) fremstår det mildt talt originalt og bare rigtig, rigtig godt."
"(an) impressive, magnificent, so through-composed and throughout compelling composition... with Vognsen's undeniable talent as an instrumentalist in mind, but also as a welder of fragments, it appears, to say the least, original and just really, really good"
-Geiger, oktober 2010 (Danish / English auto-translation)

"...un grand projet dont deux premières parties ont paru en CD. King Hussein Bridge & Allenby Bridge Crossing Point sont deux invitations au voyage faits de field recordings et de la musique d’une formation guitare / vibraphone / batterie. Des ambiances de poste-frontières saupoudré de pop ou de folk, dans le meilleur des cas d’atmosphères nocturnes."
-le son du grisli (French)

"...en riktigt originell förening av lågmäld fri improvisation, folk, ambient, fältinspelningar, extatisk postrock och en skvätt nutida konstmusik."
“State Changes According to A Wind imponerar i sitt mod att tänka samman olika dimensioner av musikaliska möjligheter snarare än olika genrer.”
"...a truly original fusion of low-key free improvisation, folk, ambient, field recordings, ecstatic post rock and a dash of contemporary art music."
"State Changes According To A Wind impresses in its courage to think together the different dimensions of musical ability rather than different genres."

-Soundofmusic, 2010 (Swedish / English auto-translation)

"...a remarkably coherent progression through a range of moods, from real-time musical interplay through a range of moods and atmospheres. "
"satisfyingly unclassifiable"

The Jazz Mann

"a unique musical observation about something those of us living in the first world may take for granted"
"there are surprise-packed performances on both discs, that slowly and patiently accumulate their affective power."

All About Jazz

"A strange multilayered and at the same time accessible work."
-Vital Weekly

 

 

 

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State Changes According To A Wind: King Hussein Bridge

JVT0001 (Jvtlandt 2009)

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This part of Martin Vognsen’s SCATAW project features a trio with Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (drummer in Altered States, Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Orchestra, ROVO) and Kumiko Takara (percussionist in Bondage Fruit, P.O.N., Warehouse). Spontaneously created on miscellaneous percussion, semi-acoustic dobro and sparse electronics the music takes improvisation through a fresh mix of crisp sounds, meticulous rhythms and enigmatic melodies. Together the 10 distinctive tracks compose a highly dynamic suite of ramshackle, raw, rattling musical energy.

 

The birth of this project - State Changes According To A Wind - was the result of a number of circumstances. These circumstances came together in my head in the form of an idea. When this happened, I happened to be on a bridge crossing the river Jordan. So the project is not about this place, and the titles are not trivial bridge metaphores. But somehow the place must have affected the idea. In a way, it's a random location, but at the same time significant. When I finally was able to meet with the musicians in the studio, I had this idea about what the project was. I thought about how to communicate it, and finally decided that the best way would be to simply play. Hardly a word was exchanged, nothing was written down, the engineer just started the tape and we started playing. At the end of the day, what I had was not only exactly the material I needed in order to realize the idea, which can be heard on Allenby Bridge Crossing Point, but also a CD's worth of music in it's own right. So I decided to release this session as a separate CD under the title King Hussein Bridge. The two albums are like siblings that are clearly related, but have taken off in very different directions. More than anything, King Hussein Bridge is a testimony to the unparalleled musical sensitivity and dedication of Yasuhiro Yoshigaki and Kumiko Takara. I thank them both. The fact that the bridge has two names, depending on which direction you travel, only seemed to fit in with the idea. So what is this idea I am talking about? I have thought about this question. In the studio the best way to communicate it proved to be simply to play. So that will be my answer now as well: Simply play the CD.

-Martin Vognsen

 

pt 1 [8:48]
pt 2 [5:02]
pt 3 [7:34]
pt 4 [9:03]
pt 5 [7:24]
pt 6 [7:44]
pt 7 [3:10]
pt 8 [1:56]
pt 9 [7:28]
pt 10 [10:34]

total [68:52]

 


 

 

"The outcome is quite intense and enigmatic. Vognsen's clever manipulations of his guitars' sounds melt with Takara's prepared timpani and the soft, distant sound of her vibes and Yoshigaki's spare drumming; the music references Western and Eastern folk scales, repetitive minimalist structures and ambient sound-poems.
All About Jazz

"All these chamber-like improvisations are developed in a democratic manner, without binding the musicians to any specific genre, convention, mood or orthodox playing of their instruments. All three musicians sound determined to stress the fragile qualities of the mesmerizing, resonant sounds that they are producing. The only exception is the eighth improvisation, that sounds as if the three are paying tribute to the high-octane duets between Japanese guitar hero Keiji Haino and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida. This intimate and sensitive trio manage to sound fresh and surprising in all these interesting improvisations."
All About Jazz

"a meticulously realised real-time improvisation that favours close listening and exhibits a sensibility that verges on third-stream chamber music. It’s unconventional, but effortlessly so. "
The Jazz Mann

“...intenst, nærværende og overbevisende... Musikken er fascinerende.”
"...intense, intimate, compelling... The music is fascinating."
-Geiger, oktober 2010 (Danish / English auto-translation)

"All musik är improviserad och det låter allt annat än typisk impro om det hela."
"Små cymbaler, klockor, kedjor och annat metalliskt slagverk skapar en alltmer förtätad ljudmiljö som så småningom får sällskap av en lika melodisk som rytmisk gitarr. Stilarna fogas samman på ett sätt som känns både nytt och intressant."
"All the music is improvised, and it sounds anything but typical Impro on the whole"
"Small cymbals, bells, chains and other metallic percussion creating an increasingly dense sound environment that will eventually be joined by an equally melodic as rhythmic guitar. The styles are joined together in a way that feels both new and interesting."

soundofmusic.nu

 

 

 

 

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