Premiere: Rob Mazurek unveils 'Marfa Trilogy' - three new albums out August 16th
Here’s your first chance to pre-order the entire ‘Marfa Trilogy’ for one economical price! Also you can stream “Encrypt 37” from Desesrt Encrypts Vol. 1 below! For digital pre-orders hit up our Bandcamp page, as we currently only have physical products on the website.
More information on all three albums below as well as links to order individually…
ROB MAZUREK - DESERT ENCRYPTS VOL. 1
ABOUT DESERT ENCRYPTS VOL. 1
Desert Encrypts Volume 1, is a two-part suite based on observations from the desert in and around Marfa, TX. It also explores Mazurek's ongoing fascination with social, psychological, and physiological structures, both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial. The composition includes written music and graphic scores for improvisation. For Desert Encrypts Vol. 1 Mazurek has put together an awe-inspiring new ensemble featuring Kris Davis on piano, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on bass & Chad Taylor on drums. Recorded live at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, TX during Mazurek's inaugural Desert Encrypts Festival in August 2018, Desert Encrypts Vol. 1 captures the quartet burning through Mazurek's newest compositions like they've been playing together for years (to be fair some of them have been playing together for years).
Mazurek has always been associated with the Chicago scene he spent so many years in (as well as his time in Brazil thereafter), but Desert Encrypts Vol 1 is his first album that feels truly Texan to these ears, and we're excited to present a new exciting development in a long string of exciting developments that have marked Mazurek's long and illustrious career.
ROB MAZUREK — LOVE WAVES ECSTATIC CHARGE
ABOUT LOVE WAVES ECSTATIC CHARGE
Love Waves Ecstatic Charge uses visual material to construct sonic architecture. The visuals are one hundred and six still images taken from an experimental video which was initially shot when Mazurek was in residency at Abbaye Royal de Fontevraud, France, 2005. Upon his return from the residency he discovered the camera broken and barely operational other than the fact of being able to extract frame by frame 106 distorted still images and fragmented skipping sound that would on occasion burst through. This material sat untouched for numerous years until recently, whereupon a reinvestigation of the material had such a depth of feeling to it that he used these images and sound to start to construct sonic pieces based on color shifts, granulation, bursts, shape, distortion, textrue and finally text. The text is an affirmation of Life and Breathing, Love and Ecstatic Charge, the constant shifts that occur in daily life creating Waves of Joy and Sorrow and everything in between. Other Sound was eventually collected from various sources, specifically in and around Mies van der Rohe's iconic Farnsworth house in Plano, IL and processed through modular synth and computer. Some of this sound can be heard inside the fiml he made in collaboration with filmmaker Lee Ann Schmitt titled: The Farnsworth Scores.
"I have been making electronic music since the mid 90's as a way of challenging my own way of composing and hearing and seeing and by intense experimentation, to move closer to an all enveloping resonance that has been just out of reach ... but there! ... and over time have created some kind of vocabulary that I hope at the very least is "interesting" at the very most "shattering" In the most cathartic of ways." - Rob Mazurek
Rob Mazurek - Modular Synthesizer (digital/analog), Computer
all music by Rob Mazurek OLHO ASCAP
Love Waves Ecstatic Charge: One Hundred and Six still images taken from an experimental video on a broken digital camera (2001-2007) by Rob Mazurek. Compiled at M.E.S (Marfa Experimental Studio) 2018, Marfa, Texas.
ROB MAZUREK — PSYCHOTROPIC ELECTRIC EEL DREAM IV
ABOUT PSYCHOTROPIC ELECTRIC EEL DREAMS IV
In Spring of 2017, Experimental Sound Studio (ess.org) presented Psychotropic Electric Eel Dream IV, a four-channel sound composition for the ESS Florasonic sound installation series at Lincoln Park Conservatory Chicago. The installation was in conjunction with Mazurek's solo exhibition "The Shaping Light" at ESS's Audible Gallery curated by Lou Mallozzi.
"What you hear in the Fern Room is Psychotropic Electric Eel Dream IV by composer, musician, and visual artist, Rob Mazurek. The sounds in this composition were generated by electric eels at the National Institute of Research and Technology in Manaus, Brazil. Mazurek recorded them between 2000 and 2008, and has since used them in several music compositions, recordings, and installations. In this iteration of the work, he combines them with analog/digital synthesis to create an undulating and radiant sonic texture. By placing the sounds in loudspeakers overhead, our typical relationship to the eels is reversed: they are above us, not underwater, and we can imagine ourselves submerged." -- Lou Mallozzi
Rob Mazurek - Modular Synthesizer, Computer
Sound source of eletric eels were recorded by Rob Mazurek at the National Institute of Research and Technology in Manaus, Brazil.
Psychotrophic Electric Eel Dream IV A and B were constructed at M.E.S (Marfa Experimental Studio), Marfa, Texas in 2017.
Mastered by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL.