[ / ] no. 44 | Makarov​/​Belorukov​.​Kostyrko

Makarov​/​Belorukov​.​Kostyrko | [ / ] no. 44

This split record by Makarov​/​Belorukov​.​Kostyrko

is prepared by eleсtronic musicians Makarov​/​Belorukov​.​Kostyrko from Russia who works in the field of improvised music. One can find two different approaches here, free improvisation on modular synthesizers from Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko who present the St. Petersburg music scene, and prepared improvisation based on designed software and diy electronics from Oleg Makarov who presents Moscow scene.

Makarov​/​Belorukov​.​Kostyrko Split
Makarov​/​Belorukov​.​Kostyrko Split

Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko

have been working on music together since the mid of 2000s when they played in a noisecore band called Benzolnye Mertvecy. However, their first duo concert was held in June 2014 when they opened a show of Polish electroacoustic composer Dariusz Mazurowski at Erarta museum in St. Petesburg. After that, they performed at a numerous events and published several albums including “Distrust One’s Own Eyes” released by the Mexican AmpRecs, “Etudes” that was recorded for their own cassette label Spina!Rec. and  “Sacrifizio Incruento” presented at Zeromoon Netlabel from Washington DC area. At this moment, duo focuses on the improvisational approach to sound synthesis combining analogue and digital techniques. This album continues their experiments with the sound material and features of its perception. Here, two signals generated by their modular synthesizers were recorded simultaneously to right and left channels of tape recorder. After that, there was no editing or mixing, so a listener should ideally hear the sources how they were recorded. However, the final sonic picture is created by our auditory system and strongly depends on its physiological and psychological features. By feeding two different signals to left and right ear, we thereby violate the natural processes of decoding and localizing of spatial sounds which lead to a quite unique sound experience. Therefore, it is recommended to listen to this recording in headphones.

Oleg Makarov

is a Moscow-based composer, sound and media artist who have a deep experience in the development of diy music instruments and interactive hardware-software systems. As a composer, he write across a broad range of styles of chamber, instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic music. His works are regularly performed at international festivals. He is a member of Theremin Centre for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow Conservatory as well as Moscow Laptop Cyber Orchestra. He is also known for sound design for theatrical productions presented in Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Stanislavsky Electrotheatre and Theatre of Nations both located in Moscow. In addition to his work as composer and sound designer, he have curated numerous media art exhibitions and events. He is a founder and co-curator of Floating Sound Gallery based at the New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. His activity also include teaching courses at Rodchenko School of Photography and Media Art and The British Higher School of Art and Design. As a musician, Makarov focuses on live electronics using during concerts and studio sessions sound objects, developed musical instruments, laptop with Max/MSP and midi controllers. He is an active member of the Moscow improvised music scene performing solo and in collaborations with musicians like Kurt Liedwart, Alexey Sysoev, Brinstaar, Kira Weinstein, Alexandr Belousoff and many others. The tracks presented by him on this split were recorded during his recent solo performances based on exploration of connection between free improvisation and prepared sound structures.

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Releases 27th of December 2018