also available as cassette (ltd.ed. 50 copies)
Martyna Solecka: voice
EMERGE: voice samples, body sounds
Schmitt - Solecka - Stadlmeier
Tobias Schmitt: electronics, contact microphones
Martyna Solecka: voice
Sascha Stadlmeier: guitar, bass, sampler-processing
live at Club W71, Weikersheim, 09.01.16
thanks to Felix !
photography by Martyna Solecka
recording, mastering and design by EMERGE
released May 21, 2016
This second release by Martwa Natura, the duo of EMERGE and Martyna Solecka, is complemented here by a trio set. Joined by Tobias Schmitt aka Suspicion Breeds Confidence, EMERGE switches from sampler to processed guitar and bass, also dropping his moniker in favour of his real name.
While the duo set creates a rather dense, slightly ominous atmosphere, the trio opens up more space to breathe as the interplay of Martyna Solecka’s voice, Sascha Stadlmeier’s subtle impulses from the guitar and bass, and Tobias Schmitt’s use of contact microphones creates a texture that works through its fissures as much as through its zones of density.
File under: musique concrète, improvised
Hardly a week seems to pass without having something new by Germany's Attenuation Circuit. Here it is two new releases by a new duo of Martyna Solecka and label boss Emerge, and one on side of the cassette there is also the musical talent of Tobias Schmitt, whom we normally encounter as Suspicion Breeds Confidence, and this time around he doesn't play sampler and instead picks up processed guitar and bass, and going by his real name. The cassette is called 'II' and the CDR 'III', so I must have missed 'I', somewhere.
Essentially the concert recording on the cassette, from the next day (!) works along similar lines; lots of sound processing on the voice of Solecki, humming without words and sampling of that, and again two bits of noise, even shorter here, all of this moving along the same guiding principle of dividing this into various segments, but the focus was more in place I thought and maybe they should have released this on CDR and archive the other recording?
The trio recording of Tobias Schmitt, Martyna Solecka and Sascha Stadlmeier on the other side is shorter, clocking in at twenty-two minutes and which works quite well. There seems to be a bit of violin scraping going, which is quite nice and the trio work their way through this improvised music set with quite some charm. Although not every bit of this work is great, with a bit of searching going, I thought this was an enjoyable piece, bouncing all over the place and especially Emerge seems out of his comfort zone
THE VILLAGE VOICE
It takes a few spins to get your head around II. On the first side, German duo MARTWA NATURA are all glancing blows and incidental whispers: mewled voice, sonar quakes, birdcalls, creaking effects. And even when this stream eventually thickens into a cluster of gargled electronics, there’s always the very real sense that everything could collapse under its own lack of weight; that’s the thrill. MARTWA NATURA vocalist Martyna Solecka, who also performs as a member of Schmitt — Solecka — Stadlmeier, is II's connecting thread. The German trio devotes its side to the more abrasive sound of scraped guitars and glowering effects, built up from scraps to a raging pyre by midpoint, then consumed by a disconnected ambiance even better than what preceded it.