Recorded live at De Perifeer/Kunstenlab, Deventer (NL) on October 6th 2019, during Instruments Make Play on Tour.
Jasna Veličković and Anton Mobin met for the first time at an earlier Instrument Make Play event, where they presented their self-invented instruments. Since then it was clear to them that they wanted to work as a duo, because their approach to the instruments and the aesthetic that they developed individually is complementary in their music.
Originally from Belgrade, classically trained composer and performer Jasna Veličković developed the Velicon; a metal surface with magnetic objects and handheld coil pickups. She uses existing fields around us to create an electromagnetic field scape bringing sounds of interference and magnetic fields to the forefront.
The French musician, improviser and experimental instrument builder Anton Mobin performs with his Prepared Chamber; a resonant wooden box in which countless objects, springs and strings are organized and amplified by magnetic pickups and contact microphones. We are always in a microcosm with Anton Mobin. Little things that become audible, manipulations that end with the creation of a kind of black hole around which a whole sound world is organized.
For both instruments it is almost magical to see what sounds can be elicited by these two virtuosos. To be heard and seen as a duo for the first time during this Instruments Make Play tour.
Instruments Make Play is an initiative of collaborating organizations Klangendum in Rotterdam, Kulter in Amsterdam and De Perifeer in Deventer, and is fully focused on builders and players of self-invented instruments. Instruments Make Play activities are curated and produced by Lukas Simonis, Julie Dassaud and Harco Rutgers.
This limited edition audio cassette (only 60 copies) is released on Middle Eight Recordings (AABA#18) and on Esc.rec. (esc.rec.68).
Review by FdW in Vital Weekly:
Connected to Esc.rec. is one of the smallest venues I ever encountered, the lovely De Perifeer space in Deventer. I think it can hold up to 20 people, providing the musicians don't take up too much space with their equipment. One of the projects they (co-) organize is 'Instruments Make Play', which features musicians creating their instruments, avoiding many traditional means. Normally a one-day event (held just a few days ago), there are also smaller events on location, and on October 6th, 2019, they hosted a concert by Jasna Veličković and Anton Mobin. The first (and yes, I am quoting the information here, as I haven't seen either performer ever live) plays "the Velicon; a metal surface with magnetic objects and handheld coil pickups. She uses existing fields around us to create an electromagnetic field scape bringing sounds of interference and magnetic fields to the forefront", while Mobin, no stranger to these pages (although not a lot) uses the "Prepared Chamber; a resonant wooden box in which countless objects, springs and strings are organized and amplified by magnetic pickups and contact microphones". With him, small sounds are guaranteed to have a big place. This cassette is a document of them playing together for the first time and it is something that worked very well. The release is short, twenty-one minutes, and cut in the middle (the download, however, is one piece) and it shows quite a loud version of improvised music, with all the nuances removed. Scratching, hitting, buzzing, hissing; it is a delicate (despite some of the volume used) mixture of the craziest, obscurest sounds, playing around with acoustic objects, bending them generate odd frequencies, set against the electromagnetic waves picked up by Veličković. It all ends with a bang; four minutes or so of pure noise improvisation, but I guess that's how these things usually come to an end anyway.
released December 9, 2019
Jasna Veličković: velicon and electronic devices
Anton Mobin: prepared chamber
Mastering by Jasna Veličković
Produced by Jasna Veličković, Anton Mobin, Harco Rutgers
Artwork by Harco Rutgers
Thanks to Lukas Simonis, Julie Dassaud, Harco Rutgers