ABC GALAXY — музыкальный проект Романа С. (0:28, Snow Slow Party, Вторая Африканская Охота) создан для свершения художественных преступлений в сфере прекрасного.
ABC Galaxy. Лидер проекта – Роман Скареднов, ветеран ижевской электроники. Играет с 13 лет, его проект 0:28 отметился в свое время на первом сольнике Найка Борзова в Горбушке (а потом звезда попросила написать несколько ремиксов). Издавался и на главном лаундж-лейбле страны «Лёгкие», и у земляков с «Кама records». ABC Galaxy любит ностальгическую музыку для танцполов а ля 80-е - диско, электро, - где синтезаторы Rhodes и Moog дружат с атмосферными гитарами и моторным битом. В числе вдохновителей – игра «GTA: Vice City» и «Звездные войны». Кстати, первый их альбом вышел на питерском лейбле «56stuff».
в 2015 году Роман предоставляет альбом Captain Eureca для каталога
ABC Galaxy: Captain Eureka (FFM11)
April 28, 2014 | Atmospheric Breaks, Big beat, Bouncy Hard House, Breakbeat, Dance, Detroit Techno, Electro, Electroacoustic, Eurodance, Funk, Funky House, Indie Dance, Instrumental, Leftfield, Post-Disco, Techno, Turntablism
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The iconic Cathedral of Saint Michael in Izhevsk
The city of Izhevsk emerged approximately 250 years ago as an ironworks; by the start of the Nineteenth Century, royal decree had guided that noisy effort towards arms manufacturing - perhaps because the region had itself been invaded during a major uprising in the past. With equal predictability, over time, Izhevsk would then become a place of intense revolutionary activity as the events of 1917 grew closer.
The Soviet system plowed huge resources into local forms of military, often politically sensitive research. As a result, Izhevsk would eventually be closed to all outsiders. The extreme degrees of secrecy would lead to equally vigorous rumor and vague, yet patriotic terminology. Izhevsk was often referred to as the "Armory" or "Arsenal of Russia." Factories and laboratories - according to a reverse logic - also produced an influential wave of severe-sounding, experimental electronica as the Soviet Union fell apart. Such is the primary musical stereotype associated with these streets, even now.
Engendering endless patterns
Growing, if not gaping holes in the social fabric emitted some disconcerting racket. Even from these few sentences, it should be clear that the nation spends little time associating Izhevsk's distant buildings with club life or mainstream entertainment in 2014. One musician who has long participated in the city's early and post-Soviet electronic scene looks back upon those initial years: "It was a crazy time. We did all we could to weave myths and legends around ourselves." Big fantasies developed amid the factory smokestacks; dreaming countered the demise of an empire.
The gentleman responsible for these imaginary identities in a very pragmatic town is Roman Skarednov, otherwise known as ABC Galaxy. His most recent teamwork of note was with the wonderful Saint Petersburg collaborative 56 Stuff. Called "Cadavre Exquis de la Musique" or, more simply, "Foldout," it reinterpreted an antique chamber game in which players would - one after the other - draw body parts on a folded piece of paper. Let's say the first person is asked to draw two feet. The next player would receive the same strip of paper, with the feet now hidden - and draw a contiguous body part on the next clear fold: calves and knees, for example. The resulting, collaborative drawing - unfolded as we see below - would show a cut-and-pasted "exquisite corpse."
Explanatory artwork for ABC Galaxy's involvement in "Foldout" (2014)
The musical equivalent involved northern artists each composing a brief instrumental - and then showing a colleague no more than its closing seconds. The next performer, having very little factual or structural information to work with, was obliged to "continue" the track - as he or she thought it might operate. Imagination and conjecture were most important. "Happy surprises!" said 56 Stuff. The same fondness for a chop-and-change or "revelational" aesthetic, full of twists and (improvised) turns, has long been evident in the Izhevsk catalog of ABC Galaxy. Some of Roman Skarednov's instrumentals released a few months ago were named only with five letters: "G," "H," "I," "L," and "T." They emerged online with a small explanatory text in Russian that recalls the structural principles behind the "Foldout" endeavor.
These compositions can be listened to in any order
"These compositions are closely interwoven and can be listened to in any order. The end of each track can merge with the opening of any other. By the same logic, each track can also be considered the continuation of any other. The listener himself can arrange and develop the EP. There's another option, too: an MP3 player, set to 'Random,' can engender an endless pattern. The author [ABC Galaxy himself] has encoded a word within the five letters used to title these tracks. Once the listener has figured out that word, he will realize the author's intended tracklisting. I've decided to call this method 'accidentally mystical."
Randomness, chance, and improvisation promise a great deal more than local likelihood.
ABC Galaxy's brand-new publication is entitled "Captain Eureka," a phrase with special resonance for some US listeners. It suggests the comedic sci-fi television series of several years ago, "Eureka." Far off, in the Pacific Northwest, a town of that name was supposedly used to develop the best tech projects by the nation's finest thinkers. The head of the town's recycling program, Chuck, allegedly had an alter ego: "Captain Eureka." His success, was minimal, however; big plans for an "epic" future often went terribly wrong.
ABC Galaxy: "Captain Eureka" (2014)
Mr. Skarednov has been happy in the past to refer to his "nostalgic soundtracks for an anxious childhood." Adult, forward-looking fantasies don't always go according to plan; heaven only knows what lies ahead. It's also fairly common to see the work of ABC Galaxy associated with the soundtrack to "GTA: Vice City," released over a decade ago. The same youthful memories are then mixed "in an '80s style."
The further back in time we go, the better everything looks.
A musical style with a number of connections to hyperbole in Russian literature
"Captain Eureka" embodies a similarly tentative view of the future. Its author speaks of "operating on the [thin] line between dance music and a rock aesthetic. Actually, I am trying to erase that line altogether." Sounds of civic protest and hedonistic, social faith on a dancefloor try to remove the "anxious" differences between themselves. For this reason, Skarednov calls the new album "something of an experiment. 'Captain Eureka' is an attempt to combine motifs of euphoria, pleasure, panic, and horror." Anything is hopefully possible.
The gentleman behind ABC Galaxy is even willing to draw some parallels "with the current [and equally worrying] economic state in Russia. You'll find some nods towards talk of 'the Red Cosmos,' but they're only used with irony." Those "cosmic" aspirations likewise proved to be frustrating.
Roman Skarednov finds it impossible to discuss forthcoming events with any optimistic, "progressive" turn of phrase. "The new LP contains my impressions about various possible and/or desirable futures." Likelihood and desire often diverge. In a word, the discrepancy between them leads to what ABC Galaxy calls "hyper-pop. It's a style with a number of connections to hyperbole in Russian literature." The refusal of reality to behave as it should leads to an accelerated, louder turn of phrase. "There are plenty of links between the tracks. Searching for them allows listeners to become their own 'Captain Eureka'" - for whom dreams may be more important than actual, manageable deeds.