MIKA VAINIO/KEVIN DRUMM/AXEL DORNER/LUCIO CAPECE - VENEXIA LP/12"
Pan presents a collaborative album from Mika Vainio (electronics), Kevin Drumm (electronics), Axel Dörner (trumpet, computer) and Lucio Capece (soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, shruti box). Vainio, Drumm, Dörner and Capece have strong points in common, that have been executed in different contexts. The musical map is generally divided into categories that are determined by its most evident and often banal elements; if it has beats or not, if it is quiet or loud, if it has raw material or a carefully worked aesthetic. These four musicians have been working using all the previous elements, but these elements did not determine the music, they were used at the service of deeper ideas related to time and perception. How the sound of our environment can become music, how can music be attractive without telling a story, the work of sound in its extreme: noise, granular and delicate, digital, electronic, instrumental extended techniques, preparations. The musicians involved in this project have worked with each other in various formations: Kevin Drumm and Axel Dörner started working together in the late '90s as part of a trio with Paul Lovens; as a duo they released an influential album on Erstwhile Records. Mika Vainio and Lucio Capece released Trahnie, an album they worked on for three years. Capece and Dörner worked on several projects together, including a residence with Keith Rowe working on Treatise by Cornelius Cardew. Capece and Vainio have been part of the Vladislav Delay Quartet. Capece has played and toured with Kevin Drumm in a trio with Radu Malfatti... finally, they've all come together on Venexia, recorded in Venice and mixed by Capece with minimal edits. The LP was mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering, pressed on 140 gram vinyl and comes in a poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silkscreened PVC sleeve with photos by Traianos Pakioufakis and artwork by Kathryn Politis and Bill Kouligas.
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