Friday, April 2, 2021

amek056 Ангел Симитчиев и Станимир Панайотов "Аксиома и печал" CS

“Аксиома и печал” е музикална интерпретация на едноименната книга на Станимир Панайотов (Metheor, 2020). В нея се срещат ембиънт и пост-индъстриъл звуковата среда на Ангел Симитчиев и гласовете на Боян Манчев, Иван Шентов, Младен Алексиев, Райна Маркова, и Станимир Панайотов. 

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Посвещава се на Цветан Марангозов (1933 - 2021). 

Ограничен тираж: 39 ръчно-номерирани аудио-касети, дублирани в реално време, специална обложка на 4 панела. Албумът няма да се продава в дигитален формат. 

Дизайн: Филип Панчев 
Мастъринг: Мариус Костаке (Studio 148)




Може да намерите “Аксиома и печал” на хартия тук: bit.ly/3ngLUdd 

Friday, March 26, 2021

amek053 VA "An Embrace" CS+zine

An Embrace' is a collaborative project between the Bulgarian experimental music collective Amek and the German music label Vaagner. Commissioned by Easterndaze as part of the festival’s fourth edition, 'An Embrace' aims to create a bridge between two communities from the different cultural environments of Eastern and Western Europe. 

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Each label invited artists from the respective regions to form four duos. Evitceles & Fortunes Brine, Zhe Pechorin & Anasisana, krāllār & Ekin Fil, as well as Vague Voices & Crosspolar collaborated remotely to compose a piece inspired by the project's theme – 'An Embrace.’ 

The final results are compiled and presented as a joint release between Amek and Vaagner, comprising of a limited edition cassette tape and a riso-printed zine offering further insight into the artists's creative process, as well as writings by S. N., Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Krisztián Puskár and Stanimir Panayotov. 

Funded by Musikfonds e.V. by means of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


Artwork by O.R.
Mastered by Tomas Bodén
Product photos by Disc Archive







Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Easterndaze x Berlin 2021

As part of the very special Easterndaze x Berlin 2021 Festival we are doing a collaborative release with Berlin-based label Vaagner. The full festival program has just been announced on Crack Magazine. Thankful to long friends Easterndaze for inviting us to do this. Keep your eyes peeled for more news.

First track off "An Embrace" is now streaming, a limited pre-order is also online. The release will be available to purchase at our Bandcamp on March 26.


Sunday, February 14, 2021

amek051 Angel Simitchiev & Linus Schrab "Airborne" CS

“Airborne” is a collaborative album from Angel Simitchiev (Mytrip, Dayin), also the first one released under his real name, and Linus Schrab (V I C I M, Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet, Purlieu Recordings). Throughout its seven tracks we observe two individual creative visions organically merging to shape a sound of its own. 

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“Airborne” was recorded in May 2019, during an intense creative weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. The album showcases different facets of Simitchiev and Schrab’s rich musical palettes. From the ritualistic melancholia of opener ‘Initiation’, the industrial intensity of ‘A Smoke That Will Never Clear’, to the anemoia-inducing ghostly melodies of the self-titled piece and the dystopian, yet forlorn soundscapes of the album’s longest piece ‘Spores of Humanity’, “Airborne” is a work that combines ambient delicacy with the intensity of noise and post-industrial soundscapes. 


Recorded in Wind City Studio, Sofia on May 24, 2019. 
Minor edits and overdubs done in Spring, 2020. 
Additional textures in tracks 1 & 3 by Martin Lukanov 

Mixed and mastered by Marius Costache (Studio 148) 
Artwork by Silvana Ilieva






amek052 Anarchist Mountains Trio "La terre et la force" CS

“La terre et la force” is a subtle, beautifully paced album reflecting the summer day in Montréal, Canada on which it was born. On this recording Anarchist Mountains, usually a duo of brothers Stefan and Jordan Christoff, are joined by Joseph Sannicandro. 

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The result is an exchange, rooted in sonic conversation and also a moment of communion, a point in spacetime with everyone together in the city. “La terre et la force” offers a momentary transcendence. Within carefully yet intuitively orchestrated layers we hear Joseph contributing electronics and street sounds from his travels around the world. Jordan pours his heart and soul in delicate synth scapes, while Stefan offers a needed edge through electric guitar tones driven by volume boosts, that he first experimented with in teenage punk bands. 


 “La terre et la force” by Anarchist Mountains Trio is a sonic spell summoned by three kids with Mediterranean roots in the Americas. 

Jordan Christoff: synthesizer 
Joseph Sannicandro: field recordings, electronics 
Stefan Christoff: electric guitar 

Mastering by Marius Costache (Studio 148) 
Artwork photography by Angel Simitchiev





Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Comfort Club #2

Comfort Club is an annual zine by Amek Collective. Its aim is to document our activities beyond the internet and social media. With 2020 being pretty much dead in terms of live shows, the second issue of our zine features people involved in various aspects of DIY culture. 

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Interviews with Michał Fundowicz, Overdriven Dreams, Falt, tsss tapes, Tsvetan Tsvetanov & Gjorgji Janevski, Ivan Shentov, Fabrika Avtonomia, Richard Stevenson 

Column by Jim Haynes 
Pro-printed, black and white zine, 76 pages. 
Limited to 104 copies.







Tuesday, January 26, 2021

винаги - дух

единствено по-студено от тялото
е по-празен света

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

amix001 MAKE YOUR OWN AMEK MIXTAPE x FOCUS ON SOUND

Our collaboration with FOCUS magazine by former Music Map writer Nicholas Burman is one of the most exciting projects we've done in 2020. The first issue is dedicated to Sound and so we contributed an exclusive mixtape featuring 12 unpublished tracks by Entrenched, Zhe Pechorin, fashiongore, EVITCELES, krāllār, Cyberian, LATE, Phlp., Trotsky's Gut plus a few anonymous pieces. 

The catch is you are the one who's making the mixtape - you get the magazine, find the link to the music hidden in the text, xerocopy the artwork and dub the tape. Keep in mind that the link containing the music will be accessible only while the magazine is in circulation. 


While we have a few copies of the zine left at our store (with a free blank C60) tape we highly advise you support the magazine directly by ordering here. Don't forget to show off your mixtape & tracklist on social media using #amekmixtape. 







Monday, December 14, 2020

amex003 VA FRISSON MMXX CS

 

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FRISSON was a ray of light in an otherwise empty year for live music in Sofia, Bulgaria. This live compilation is our way to commemorate the event and the good times we had during its four days in early October of the cursed year 2020. The release features live and unedited bootleg recordings of new or unreleased works by the Amek Collective artists who were a part of the program alongside many other artists from the current Bulgarian electronic scene. 


Long live Studio EW!  




All tracks recorded during FRISSON FESTIVAL, Studio EW, Sofia on October 8-11, 2020.

EXPERIENCE is a tape series of live recordings, captured during Amek Collective events or guest appearances.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

amek049 Non Photo Blue "Dépaysement" CS

 

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Daniel Donchov (Leaver) is returning to Amek for his second solo full-length album as Non Photo Blue. His crystal synth drones are once again inspired by travels and are a portrayal of his inner dialogs with the unknown. In "Dépaysement", Donchov is reviving and reliving a solitary journey he undertook across several US states in the Autumn of 2019, when international travel wasn't yet a distant memory. 

Beneath the deceivingly calm and warm soundscapes are lurking uncertain tones of distorted pianos, cold voices of public service announcements, various found sounds, and menacing undertones, which resemble decaying memories of train rattle. The album is a slow-paced exploration of ambient sound, but also an example how one could embrace discomfort and anxiety and transform them in an overwhelming sonic beauty. 






Written & recorded by Daniel Donchov. 
Mastered by Marius Costache (Studio148). 
Layout & photography by Kovlen Studio.

amek048 NATT "The Way You Were Made" CS

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"The Way You Were Made" is the Polish producer NATT's introduction to Amek Collective and his second solo release after a debut mini album for our partners in crime Zoharum. Spanning over eight brooding pieces, this dark and melancholic electronic offering is simultaneously bleak and beautiful. NATT throws us in a sonic world, shaped by gritty field recordings, heavy-weight bass drones, melodies soaked in desperation and synth debris. 

The music is clearly an interpretation of a very personal narrative, but its traces are subtle and non-imposing. Everything captured in "The Way You Were Made" does not make you feel unreal or detached from reality. On the contrary, NATT's music is inhabiting our very own world. It is, however, interested in exploring the shadows rather than exposing itself to the sunlight.





All music written & produced by NATT. 
Mastering by Marius Costache (Studio148).

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ambient Folklore & Leaver at Дом на киното 10/09/20 (gallery)


Ambient Folklore



Leaver




Photos by George Chelebiev

Ambient Folklore & Leaver (Hands Like Cages release show)
Дом на киното, Sept 10, 2020
Eclectic Mansarda




Wednesday, September 9, 2020

amek047 Conjecture "∫V" CS

 

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"∫V" by Conjecture is a companion EP to their full-length LP "V" (Amek, 2019). In mathematical language the "∫" means "complete" and so the record contains previously unheard music, written during the recording sessions of "V". With this new EP Conjecture puts the final touches of what was started over a year ago with his vinyl debut for Amek but the music on the record also hints at what we are to expect of the project's future sound explorations. 

 Alongside three previously unheard solo pieces of Conjecture's signature introspective yet powerful take on post-industrial music, "∫V" features three guest interpretations of the same material. LATE, antechamber & Талос re-envision Conjecture's music and bring its already deep and nuanced sound to a whole new level. "∫V" is not a curiosity in the project's always-evolving body of work but a must-have for both new listeners and die-hard fans of his immersive music realms.






Music by Vasilis Angelopoulos 2018-2019 (www.vasilisangelopoulos.com) 
Vocals on ΦΟΝΟΣ by Glen Tartaglia ]interstice[ 
Cover photo by Vaia Pilafa (www.vaiapilafa.com) 
Cover model Hawk Stigmata 
Mastered by Sotiris Laskaris