Pretext​/​Context

by Preslav Literary School

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Context (i) 07:06
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Context (ii) 06:57
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Context (iv) 06:31
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Pretext (i) 07:33
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Pretext (ii) 05:45
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Pretext (iv) 07:26

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Pretext/Context features two performances from a live session broadcast live-to-air on the legendary London-based Resonance FM from the atrium of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in March 2008. Originally released on CD-R by Glosses fur Die Masses (Newcastle-upon-Tyne).

A blend of acousmatic melody, organic drones, tape noise and spoken word, the album's source material was found cassette and microcassette tapes mixed live from various analogue playback devices (and a FM3 Buddha Machine).

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"At times disturbing, definitely inquisitive, this composition requires attention, rewards lurking behind the corner if one’s patient enough." Massimo Ricci, Paris Transatlantic/Touching Extremes

"...a fine balance between deconstructing itself and creating an audio-environmental soundscape that is fascinating and diverting." Ampersand Etcetera

"Half way music, halfway aural investigation... the approach of Preslav Literary School results in rich textures and a specific sound that makes his tracks unique and memorable." Phlow Magazine

" An unsettling mini-symphony of dense drone, radio crackle, and humming static - very Musique Concrete-y... like a working class Pierre Henry." alt.vinyl

"Like Bela Bartok with a beat-up boombox." Fakeindielabel

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released May 1, 2008

Sounds by Preslav Literary School. Recorded and broadcast by Ed Baxter.

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Preslav Literary School Maastricht, Netherlands

Ambient and drone soundscapes, from cassettes lost and recovered.

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