05 Apr 2014

Latvian ambient music strikes again: Astrowind

astrowind_4Kirils Lomunovs is Latvia based sound and video artist. Starting from the early 90­ties he represents essential experimental electronic music and alternative musical stage of Latvia.

For the last few years in consequence of his own activities his music was published in such countries as Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, USA, Ukraine and Russia.

Deep interest of sound exploration led K. Lomunovs to participate and establish several dissimilar musical projects and to try to invent his own sound.

In the beginning of 90­ties he performed as a percussionist in different bands, including the Latvian cult Indie­Rock band Inokentijs Marpls . In the middle of the 90­ties he changed his direction to Dance­Punk acting in collective Yaputhma Sound System the popular and wide known in Riga those days. In the 2000’s he focused on sound research and confidently continued on his work in the field of experimental electronic music and actual sound art.

Being true to analog sound and experiment in the form of live improvisation with old Soviet and Japanese analog synthesizers and effects K.Lomunovs invented experimental and authentic music style ­ Paleopsychedelic ambient and also realized a Glitch­Hop project Kriipis Tulo. The style of Paleopsychedelic ambient brightly represented and continues to develope within Astrowind project established by K.Lomunovs in 2006.

“Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” represents Paleopsychedelic ambient again. Once issued on a net label „Resting Bell” as edited version in 2007 this feature certainly worth to be reissued in more „touchable” media today in full­length. Recorded on tape recorder during live improvisations at Tokctoka studio in Riga in August 2007, but it still represents contemporary sound.

All the tracks are left untreated and unprocessed as they were on original tapes. All were improvised on analog hardware. Analog synths and echo machines speak a language each one understands well. Astrowind brings out unordinary nostalgic melancholic paleopsychedelic experimental ambient music with a distinctly spatial nature and territorial associative relation to a region of Baltic Sea.

Starting the 2007 seven albums are published:
„The Night The Stars Flew”(2007), „Into Vernadsky” (2007), „Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” (2007), „Fresh Wind In The Valley Of Dreams” (2008, re­issed on Fluttery records in 2012), „Der Leuchtturm” (2008), „Kurland” (2009), „Kaidanovsky” (2012).

In 2012 in Italy the latest Astrowind album „Kaidanovsky” was published as a tribute to the great Russian actor and film director Alexander Kaidanovsky, which played a role of Stalker in worldwide known Andrey Tarkovsky movie “Stalker”.

Kaidanovsky was an extraordinary artist with incredible erudition and wide academic knowledge. He adapted works of Tolstoy and Borges in movies, participated the Jury of Cannes Film Festival in 1994.

Album dedicated to personality of Kaidanovsky and offers a collection of unconventional music for serious­minded listener, provides the alternative soundtracks to the movies of Kaidanovsky („Simple Death”, „Guest”, „Garden”, „The Ascent To Eckhart”), which maybe are less known to general public, than his actor`s works. Certain compositions are replicas to the main actor work of Kaidanovsky – the role of Stalker. Album in general could be taken as alternative soundtrack to “Stalker” movie too.

Part of this album was represented at the annual “Stalker Festival” in Tallin in September 2012. Festival takes place in a former industrial complex areas (nowadays known as Kultuuri Katel), which served as the scenery for Tarkovsky’s famous movie.

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