Raw Volumes

by ASTMA/MEANZA

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"Raw Volumes" documents the meeting between noise mavericks ASTMA and electronic sound artist Bob Meanza.

Behind the name ASTMA lies the duo of Alexei Borisov, legendary multi-instrumentalist from Moscow underground scene since the 80s, and Olga Nosova, emerging drummer and vocalist in Berlin's experimental scene. Known to be unapologetic forces merging free improvisation and noise attitude, ASTMA are touring internationally with a mutable setup, often playing "on the brink of failure", with broken devices, found objects, unpredictable connections.

On the other side, there's the nerdy approach of Michele Pedrazzi, working here with the moniker Bob Meanza. His taste for detailed sound design and digital shininess (see "OU", Aut Records 2015) reflects in his rather melodic intentions and gentle technicism (like in his robotic installation "Cicadas"). And that turns to be a perfect complement to ASTMA's sound invasion.

A very sharp and spontaneous meeting was recorded in Berlin, and the material was then polished enough to let the inner structures of each piece emerge and take form. Nurturing the sound but leaving it untamed, as it was supposed to be. 

The quest for the nastiest chaos and the cleanest geometry can lead to unique objects: that's what these "Raw Volumes" are - primitive crystals that come out of the dirt, in their precious and dangerous sharpness.

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released May 6, 2017

Alexei Borisov: mixed devices, synthesizer
Olga Nosova: drums, vocals
Bob Meanza: electronics, synthesizer

CD Edition - 7 tracks - 38 min
Recorded and mixed by Bob Meanza at Clockbeats Studio, Berlin.
Produced by Aut Records and ASTMA/MEANZA.

Cover by Bob Meanza
Photo by Odysseus Klissouras
Layout by QVera

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Aut Records is a not-for-profit, cooperative record label dedicated to experimental and research music. We are trying to describe a musical environment that cannot be assigned to a particular genre, and is removed from any specific musical language.

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