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ARTIST
TITLE
Inteletto d'Amore
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
QUECK 004CD QUECK 004CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/2/2004

"Paul Wirkus is a drummer from Poland who has been playing jazz and improvised music for quite some time. During the '80s he played in the well-known Polish punk band Karcer, by the end of the '90s he participated in a post-rock project by the name of Mapa (you might remember the article about them in the Wire magazine). All this information Paul Wirkus does not judge as important, and indeed, to approach the music on his new solo album, it really isn't. What is important is the fact that this CD -- the music on which could broadly be described as 'minimal electronica' -- is Paul's third release under his own name. This time, he didn't want to be too experimental and just rely on the powers of commination of the work itself. The music on this release was created live with several MiniDisc-players hooked up to effects instead of, as one might think, by editing processes done with computers. Thus the tracks have a warmer, more organic character than most other electro-acoustic music. Accidents, coincidences, minute shifts and 'aural snap shots' characterize this music. In contrast to earlier solo-outings, not only samples of strings and piano and white noise are to be heard, but also generated analogue sounds, fragmentary melodies and even vocals. One of the tracks on which he sings is called 'blask' which roughly translates to 'shimmer', a word that characterizes his music very well. Paul is primarily concerned with the sound of the voice itself, his lyrics are more or less 'open'. Searching and finding. Sometimes, he says, it takes some time to realize that you've already got what you want."