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COMES, MARTIJN - Interrogation of the Crystalline Sublime

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Moving Furniture Records MFR038
Release Year: 2017
Note: first widely available CD release for the Dutch drone/ambient/electro-acoustic composer, who created an immersive deep drone piece (60 min.) with harmonic and meditative qualities, reminding us on HAFLER TRIO's late drone phase... ; on CD 2 we find 8 remixes from MITCHELL AKIYAMA, G. ALDINUCCI, ORPHAX, ZENO VAN DEN BROEK, etc.. - feat. liner notes by KIM CASCONE (of legendary PGR and SILENT Records) - lim. 200
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Martijn Comes - Interrogation Of The Crystalline Sublime

"The human being knows himself only insofar as he knows the world; he perceives the
world only in himself, and himself only in the world. Every new object, clearly seen,
opens up a new organ of perception in us."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I hear atmospheres, sound shapes, gestural narratives, spectral trajectories, stochastic rhythms and phasic space when I encounter an environment rich in sonic phenomena.

But in order to be open to this meta-sensory information, I must first get my ears out of the way. I don't listen with my ears but with an inner sensory apparatus, what Goethe called "organs of perception," that I have developed over the years.

Once opened to this world sound becomes something very differentit's as if one could previously only see in black and white and suddenly were able to see in color. One becomes a witness to a full range of qualities and events that were previously inaccessible.

The drone is not a steady-state sound but a constellation of sound objects that lie hidden beneath a simple surface. The listener can penetrate this surface when they allow time to exist in a space where the past and future collapse into an infinitesimal, yet infinite, moment.

Once inside this space the drone serves as a conduit to other planes of existence and explains why spiritualized cultures around the world have used the drone in their worship for millennia.

The drone integrates us with the supernal, a synesthesia takes place, all of our senses become a singular super-sense: there is no longer a distinction between sound and sight, or taste and touch.

When we experience the world in this way we see the vast web of interconnections and how we deprive ourselves when we divide the world into the narrow-band regions of our senses. It is by transcending these boundaries that we become more fully human and open to the richness the world has to offer us.

Kim Cascone - San Francisco, Nov 20 2015


"Martijn Comes is a Dutch composer specialising in new media, sound design and electro-acoustic composition. His hour-long deep-drone piece Interrogation of the Crystalline Sublime was published on the spectacular Drone Cinema 2015 Raspberry Pi (!) release the kind of gem every dronehead will probably dream of, but with a price tag only few can afford.

So its a good thing that the Moving Furniture label decided to reissue this piece in a 2-CD version (nd digital download of course): CD1 containing the hour-long Interrogation by Martijn Comes, and CD2 containing 8 remixes of that piece by Scant Intone, Mitchell Akiyama, Zeno van den Broek, Alberto Boccardi, Haarvl, Juan Antonio Nieto, Giulio Aldinucci and Orphax.

Comes describes his work as livingroom music (possibly distinguishing itself slightly from Erik Saties Musique dAmeublement (Furniture Music), which was meant to be played by live performers).
He set out to write a piece that is equally meditative as it is harmonious and melodic, or at least it would hint at large subtle progressions of harmony, in a way that is magnetic to the imaginations, while the body remains in a meditative, relaxing state.
Its an immersive drone, with hints of a shore in the background, that gradually grows intense and inescapable in its first half and then gradually recedes again.

It is not often that drone material like this gets remix treatments by different artists, so its interesting to hear what other artists do with sonic material like this.
Some of the remixers focus on the drone aspect, emphasizing different frequencies thus altering the overall feel. Others filter out artefacts (which can hardly be heard in the original), or add their own material to create abstract electro-acoustic compositions that hardly seem related to the original. Some focus on emotional aspects, others take a more analytic approach. Most of them venture into sonic extremes, thus losing some of the livingroom aspect of the original.
But each one of these remixes sound completely different like if they were original compositions in the first place." [Ambientblog]