Arzed​-​One

by Ilia Belorukov

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originally released as cd-r on albertineeditions (France)
albertineeditions.bandcamp.com/album/ilia-belorukov-arzed-one

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released November 1, 2017

Played on Casio RZ-1, recorded, edited, mixed and mastered in 2016 by Ilia Belorukov

I have several pieces which deal with changes in tempo. In 2013 I started to work on a composition called «KickGuitarSinRun», which was presented to the audience only in 2017 via Intonema imprint. It is an audiovisual piece for electric guitar, sine wave, electronic bass drum and a running girl. In the meantime I also worked with changing tempos in the band Wozzeck. The resulting piece, released as an album called «6», was issued on cassette by Spina!Rec. Formally it was 3 pieces, but we did two versions of each piece with different directions in changes in tempo. For example, the first one would be from 85 to 105 BPM and another one the opposite. In all of these works I worked with particular frequencies and the difference between a real instrument (electric guitar or bass guitar) and an electronic part (sine wave or synthesizer): first one played by a human and second one by a computer. «Arzed-one» is my first solo work in this direction and the first one with only electronic instrumentation. This instrument was the Casio RZ-1 drum machine.

This model was made in 1986, one year before I was born. It has 12 factory sounds and a possibility to record 4 of your own short samples. In the beginning I used it as typical drum machine to make some beats and rhythm parts and to play live using pads. I wasn’t happy with the result as I didn’t like the 80’s sound enough. But at one rehearsal I found that this instrument has a lively soul when you make some stupid things. I played a pattern with several sounds and each of these sounds was played using every 16 steps of the sequencer. It was like a joke, but when I set the tempo above 160 BPM I started to hear a lot of unexpected relationships between sounds. The time between every step was so small that it sounded almost like drone music to me. When I started to change the tempo this drone started to sound different. Each time it stayed the same, but there was also something different in the small nuances. You can hear a main rhythm, while some other rhythms happen occasionally, even some clear notes. I enjoyed this unstable system a lot and worked with on this album. I used only 6 factory sounds: kick, snare, open/closed hi hat, clap, cowbell. You will hear it without any effects except equalization and very small compression. I recorded the material live with several outputs and room sound, then edited it a bit and mixed to some pieces. The different tempo changes give you a possibility to hear how the characteristics of sounds change through same patterns.

Ilia Belorukov
September 2017

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Ilia Belorukov город Санкт Петербург, Russian Federation

Ilia Belorukov works in the directions of improvised, noise and electroacoustic music. He’s a member of different projects with russian and foreign musicians. He collaborates with artists who work in other musical directions (from hardcore and metal to academic contemporary music); with dancers and painters; with theater. ... more

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