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Robin Schaller | Roman Leykam
»Interferences«
Dec 2017 · 13 tracks · 77:03 Min.

CD FMA 1732
UPC 191061458074

The first collaboration »INTERFERENCES« by Robin Schaller and Roman Leykam offers a unique understanding of rhythm with rich facettes of electronic guitar sound modulations. Sometimes bulky and brittle, then again tension loaded and harmonic. Improvised unforseeable music, rewarding attentive listening.

Tracks:
1.the shades of the own past (part 1) 5:33, 2.fictive scenario 7:40, 3.ecstacy 5:06, 4.straw fire 7:21, 5.wrap of strangeness 4:47, 6.sound of everyday life 7:27, 7.the inevitable 7:10, 8.submerged city 7:20, 9.unsolvable riddle 5:47, 10.impudence 2:19, 11.dive 4:39, 12.the shades of the own past (part 2) 5:42, 13.fluid magic 5:40;

Recorded and mixed in 2017 in the studio of Robin Schaller and Roman Leykam.
Mastered 2017 in the studio of Frank Meyer.
Produced and performed by Robin Schaller and Roman Leykam.
Photos by Roman Leykam, Artworks by Frank Meyer and Roman Leykam.
6-panel DigiPak.

Robin Schaller: beat programming, synths, voice samples.
Roman Leykam: electric git, e-bow git, field recording, voice samples.


Most of the material on this album was recorded without pre-rehearsels as the result of improvisations acted on impulse.



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Reviews:

... There are many tracks, that doesn't really differ from previous outputs by Leykam, but the beat programming by Schaller permeates most of the work with many interesting moments ...

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Most of the releases from Frank Mark Arts that came into my headphones or amplifiers are (synth or electric) guitar-driven, and focus on long-lasting abstract progressions or meditations with a strong influence of retro synth electronica. This collaboration by Roman Leykam - a "dino" of this independent label - and Robin Schaller - a newcomer in Frank Mark Arts, handling synths and programming beat patterns - succeeds in adding something different to the catalog of this imprint. I wouldn't say this collaboration distinctly put that retro touch aside, as you can easily catch since the listening of the first part of "The Shades of the Own past", the first of the 13 tracks of Interferences, but they forged a more rhythmical album. The 4/4 beat of the opening track I mentioned, for instance, gets dragged by a pumping kindof heartbeat and by other rhythmical grafts as well as by abstract git digressions, which are closer to Asian sonorities, instead of Western ones (a sonic transplant consistent with the contemporay geopòolitical framework?). It seems that most of the material of Interferences "was recorded without pre-rehearsals as the result of improvisations acted on impulse", as highlighted by the words attached to the release, but most of the tracks seem to get built on a static loop, which they inflated through aptly improvised git lines or additional sonic items. There are many tracks (such as "Wrap of Strangeness" or "Unsolvable Riddle"), that doesn't really differ from previous (solo or collaborative) outputs by Leykam, but the beat programming by Schaller permeates most of the work with many interesting moments ("Sound of Everyday Life" or "Submerged City"), even if the whole sonorities keep on resembling tons of outputs coming after many musicians get addicted by the intensive usage of synths like Ensoniq SQ-80 or Roland JD-800...
chaindlk.com / Vito Camarretta 3/2018.

presented at Die digitale Jazz-Zeitung 1/2018

presented at mix1.de 1/2018 - (6/8 points)


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