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ARTIST
TITLE
Mara I
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
BB 272CD BB 272CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/28/2017

Esmark, named after a glacier at Spitzbergen that debouches into the Ymer Bay, is a collaboration between the sound architect Nikolai von Sallwitz (Taprikk Sweezee, Karachi Files) and the experimental artist Alsen Rau (Scheich In China, On+Brr). Both have worked on various experimental and performative projects together since 2001. Alsen Rau is also known as one half of the German Duo On+Brr. He recently released under the name Scheich In China and he is one of the founders and curators of the Hamburg-based club Kraniche, which gained attention as an experimental art and music place in Hamburg. He's curated exhibitions, performances, and readings. Nikolai von Sallwitz, known as vocalist and producer Taprikk Sweezee, has composed music and sound design for film, theater, and a various number of art and pop projects, and he has collaborated with visual artists such like Chris Hoffmann, Andreas Nicholas Fischer, and Robert Seidel who crafted a real time performed video piece for one of the tracks. In late 2016, in Scandinavian solitude, quite a number of tracks were recorded by Esmark and some of the work is presented here over two parallel albums named Māra I and Māra II (BB 273CD/LP), released on Bureau B. Esmark's musical setup is mainly build analog. Instruments like drum computers and synth boxes have been connected in constantly changing chains of FX and filters. Some were recorded on tape and fed back into the compositions. Track names are partly reflections of bio-geography and cartography of the place where the material was recorded. The dark and hidden polyphony of their debuts, Māra I and Māra II, sound like a dystopic science fiction movie, and it is a fundamental ground element and origin on which these haunting minimal compositions are based on.