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KALLABRIS - Red Circle

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Auf Abwegen AATP79
Release Year: 2023
Note: the follower of "Red Square" (2018) with more philosophic / dadaistic, thought-provoking impulses: "Music For Hen Meditation (In 9 Movements)", and "Music For Excited Sauces (In 4 Movements)", these are miniatures for a small modular synthesizer, KALLABRIS calls it "Layered solo-works for the 0-coast."... lim. 200 copies, silk screen cover - "On a first encounter, the music had an aleatoric feeling, but after some repeated playing, it turns out that there is order in this madness; or, maybe, I recognized order in what remained chaos?" [Vital Weekly]
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On Red Circle: Though severely cut, Red Circle doesn't exactly sweep along. It has a deliberate pace as Kallabris sets up the score of thirteen chance acquaintances who plan and carry out the sacking of our acoustic consciousness... Understatement is the method of these compositions for a small modular synthesizer. If there ever was something like heist music, this here surely is. (Vincent Canby, with a few minor changes and adaptions)



https://aufabwegen.bandcamp.com/album/red-circle



"A few other projects came in the slipstream of Germany's Cranioclast, such as ABGS, Core, and Kallabris. That was in the late 80s and early 90s. I always assumed they were just different names for the same people making music together. At one point, much later, I realized this was an independent project and only connected through the CoC label. Behind Kallabris is Michael Anacker, and since the mid-80s, there has been a string of releases and even the odd concert, so there is hardly much mystery. As I play 'Red Circle', I think Kallabris embraced the modular synthesizer community. The eleven pieces have that modern electronic feel of carefully constructed tones and fragmented cracks. Much to my surprise, I read in the information that "technical and compositional innovation is not at the core the group's work but the active engagement with the limitations and the objects of everyday life". Plus, Kallabris "has persistently neglected any usage of advanced recording technology", which doesn't exclude the use of modular synthesis, but I found it at least remarkable. The press information calls his set a "small modular synthesizer", which, last time I looked, seemed out of my financial league. I found these pieces to be most enjoyable, even when it is all a bit abstract and distant. There are a few sounds here and there, but it never completely shuts off. On a first encounter, the music had an aleatoric feeling, but after some repeated playing, it turns out that there is order in this madness; or, maybe, I recognized order in what remained chaos? Hard to tell, but every time I heard it, it grew further on me. Interesting album!" [FdW/Vital Weekly]