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ARTIST
TITLE
Shadowplay
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
KR 012CD KR 012CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/27/2014

On Shadowplay, Hans Castrup -- painter, photographer, video artist and musician -- condenses analog and digital sounds into 12 border-crossing tracks at the gateway between abstract electronics, ambient, avant-garde and sound art. Born 1957, Castrup studied art at the University of Osnabrück, and ever since has been a freelance artist in the fields of painting, photography, video, graphics, music, and text. Besides exhibitions in Germany and abroad, he engages regularly in audioplay and media art and won, amongst others, the first prize from public radio station BR2 for his piece "Living Knowledge -- Control?" in 2011. On Shadowplay, Castrup utilizes his working method of multiple layers which he developed in his paintings for his sound design: different analog or digital sound sources such as synthesizers, effects, computer, field recordings or tape machines are edited, manipulated, and re-organized as abstract/reduced compositions, meandering between melodiousness and experimental collages whose reference system ranges from new music and avant-garde to today's electronics and the likes of Brian Eno or Can. Castrup manages to escape the over-applied term "soundtrack for imaginary movies" in a very elegant way -- the multi-faceted artist shot an exclusive video clip for each of the album's 12 tracks, which in combination with the music, function as a fruitful stimulus for your own thinking.