Dawn Raised With A Gesture Of Submission

by Marina Stewart

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Ganze Bäckerei, Augsburg, 06.01.18
photography by Dan Penschuck (feindesign.de)
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Marina Stewart
„Dawn Raised With A Gesture Of Submission“
(Music For Silence, Synthesizer & Voice)

The four parts of this composition are titled as follows:

I: This Ov That (Can Be Heard)
II: Dawn Raised With A Gesture Of Submission
III: Irchin
IV: Piano Rage (Nod2TerreThaemlitz)

Editorial remarks:
Part II is an electroacoustic rendition of fragments taken from »Odyssey To Anyoona« by Jam & Spoon (JAM!/Dance Pool, 1994), fully developed on the harmonium as a sole instrument.

Part III is based on microtonal synthesizer excerpts, whereas Part IV is an unreleased screwed edit of an sample loop taken from a live recording by Margitt Holzt.

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Aufgewachsen mit Industrial und Konzeptmusik, erstellte Marina Stewart Ende 1985 eigene Kompositionen basierend auf Tonband- und Synthesizer-Experimenten. Erfahrungen als Mitglied in wechselnden New Wave-Gruppierungen (u. a. Stratagem, Peylock, Reinheit Als Substitution) flossen in spätere Aufnahmen ein. 1991 entwickelte sie ein optischakustisches Tonbandsystem, welches akustische Dopplungen basierend auf Skalen- und Harmonielehre möglich machte und über die Jahre weiter ausgebaut wurde. 1995 stellte sie ihre musikalische Arbeit vorerst ein und widmete sich dem Analysieren von Untergrundfilmen sowie der Restaurierung von Lackmus-Drucken.

2012 traf sie Thorsten Soltau auf einem Festival, der sie überredete, aufbereitetes Archiv-Material neu herauszugeben. Seit 2013 produziert Marina Stewart neue Kompositionen, teils unter Miteinbeziehung/Neubearbeitung älterer Titel. Ihr Hauptinteresse gilt der Konzeptmusik, aktuelle Arbeiten beschäftigen sich mit psychologischen Phänomenen sowie musikhistorischen Erscheinungen. 2017 erschien ihr Debutalbum „Mercury Rites“, welches erstmals einen tieferen Einblick in die Vielschichtigkeit ihrer Musik ermöglicht.

thorstensoltau.bandcamp.com

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released January 25, 2018

video by Brezenstudio:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=urTCKnm0xmM&feature=youtu.be

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RAISED BY GYPSIES

This begins rather quietly, a sort of sound of papers being shuffled around and I'm listening to it through earbuds because I had a feeling that was going to be the best way to experience this one. A sort of drone tone comes out for a moment but then disappears. The tone returns and while there are still other sounds in the background, the glowing sound of it becomes the entire portion of this piece. A sort of fluttering comes into the background now.

It gets a bit more solemn and then does this jumping thing which would sound great on cassette. Glass tones become louder now with just the hum of bass behind them, all other sound is gone. It's uplifting, as if one is rising up to Heaven. This continues to glow and it just has an empowering way about it. It is peaceful, soothing and just overall feels like something you'd experience with a lot of light. In many ways, this has the sound of light which is odd to type because light doesn't really seem to make noise.

The sounds trail out as if the song is over but then as we approach the eleven minute mark bass comes out. Vocals- which are spoken word but seem distorted, as if manipulated to sound deeper than perhaps they actually are- also come in as there is this ringing in the background with the bass notes here and there. I quite enjoy how it turns from a fairly set in stone version of an ambient drone piece but turns into something much different, yet still equally as compelling.

Static like a record player and lighter, more cheerful tones like a musical toy for a baby make what could be considered the third movement in this piece and that is how it ends.

raisedbygypsies.blogspot.de/2018/02/music-review-marina-stewart-dawn-raised.html

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