::: Artemiy Artemiev ::: "five mystery tales of asia"
Over the past few years, I had heard great things about the Russian
electronic composer Artemiy Artemiev. Unfortunatley I'd just never had
time to make contact with all the artists I'd like to. However, one
recent day, I was delighted to discover a large package in my post box
that contained no less than 7 CDs by Artemiy and his co-composers. A
wonderful surprise. I'm getting to review them one by one. Here is the
first review - of my current favourite of his CDs.
But first, some background information: Artemiev has composed for
dozens of Russian films, TV programmes, theatre plays and more. In terms
of his music, I suppose you could describe him the Russian equal to
Brian Eno during his ambient phase. In Russia and nearby countries I
gather he is as well known and respected as Eno is in Western countries.
So I feel extra special that he and his label work so hard to promote
their music that they send it through underground media in the West.
This is his fourth solo album.
On this album of lush ambient music and drones, the composer incorporates
the timbres and tones of native mongolian, chinese and japanese music.
From the peaceful and relaxing to dark and ominous. Drones, ambient
bells and wind instruments, native string instruments and sparse hypnotic
percussions, himalayan singing and chanting and synth-washes all make
this one of my favourite all time ambient albums - it's in my top 3.
5 tracks span 64 minutes. Highly recommended.
It's available from Electroshock Records - Ul. Krilatskaya 31-1-321,
121614 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: [email protected]