デンマークはコペンハーゲンにて活動、自主レーベルarbitraryより多くの音源を出版してきたMads Emil Nielsen。手書きのグラフィックスコアをもとに演奏する、毎度高内容なシリーズ"Framework 3"がリリース！！今回はDie Schachtel、Room40、13に諸作を残し、また建築家としての経験もあるニコラ・ラティと共演。グラフィックデザイナーのKatja Gretzingeによる古いプリントや画像素材を重ね合わせた幾何学模様のグラフィックスコアを演奏、クリア10インチにMads Emil Nielsenの音源を、そしてCDにNicola Rattiの音源を収録。立体的な反復、リズミカル、透明度の高い音色など、丁寧に仕上げられた見事な小作品が並んでいます。商品画像ではわかりにくいですが、超厚手のカードボードを折り込みマルタックで留めるボックス仕様。そしてなんと全18種のリゾグラフプリントのスコアが封入されています。
Vinyl side A: Mads Emil Nielsen: 1, 2
Vinyl side B: Mads Emil Nielsen: 3
CD (Disc 2): Nicola Ratti: 1, 2, 3
The Danish label/imprint arbitrary announces the release of Framework 3 (arbitrary11) by Mads Emil Nielsen. Framework 3 is the latest instalment in Nielsen’s sequence of graphic scores and recordings. The series includes the Danish composer’s own subjective translations of visual materials and sound pieces accompanied by visual notations.
On this release he collaborates with Katja Gretzinger and Nicola Ratti. Published as a limited edition art print folder, Framework 3 consists of risographed scores and recordings on 10” vinyl and CD – with recordings by Nielsen, along with graphic scores by Gretzinger and contributions by Ratti.
Raised in a family of architects Nielsen has for several years been occupied with the question of “how do you intuitively sonify an image?” along with the complementary processes of translating sounds and music into illustrations and scores. In early 2019, he produced various drawings and sound pieces which formed the starting point for the three tracks on this 10” vinyl EP. The audio is derived from synthesizer recordings and basic electronic sound sources (sine waves, feedback, noise) and percussive loops combined with recordings made in the studios at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm).
The audio material was translated by graphic designer Katja Gretzinger into a series of visual notations made while listening to the music. Gretzinger developed various symbols, forms and structures, such as points, bars, 3D balls, irregular patterns / “swarms” and regular patterns (vertical hatchings). These were combined with found image materials and cut-outs from old prints and layered with large geometric forms, which define the individual character of each of the three parts. The resulting 18-page graphic score is included in the release in the form of risograph printed sheets.
Nielsen then invited musician Nicola Ratti, who is also trained as an architect, to create sonic re-interpretations of the graphic score. Ratti reinterpreted the imagery as a selection of sound elements positioned in a three-dimensional area; which he visualized as the space between the composer / artist, Ratti himself and the loudspeakers. These recordings are included on the CD.
1, 2, 3 written & produced by Mads Emil Nielsen, Copenhagen / Berlin, 2019 / 2020 (reworked and combined with a live recording from Standards, Milan, September 2019). Recording by + thanks to URSSS. CD: 1, 2, 3 written & produced by Nicola Ratti, Milan, 2020.
Scores by Katja Gretzinger. Artwork/design (packaging, discs, text) by Mads Emil Nielsen.
www.madsemilnielsen.dk, www.katjagretzinger.com, www.nicolaratti.com
arbitrary11 | Release date: 21 August 2020
10” vinyl (transparent, 45 rpm) + CD + DL
Scores: 170g, special packaging (art print folder, 2mm cardboard), foil embossed cover