"Tales from the Mirrored Spaces” is the third full-length album by the Russian project Kryptogen Rundfunk, released by Zoharum after “22.SZ” (2004, Mechanoise Labs), “Liquid Circuits” (2016, ZHELEZOBETON) and a number of various split-releases, collaborations and compilations. The project was founded in 2002 in St. Petersburg by Artyom (M.M.), who has been active in the Russian underground scene since the early 00-s: recording music, playing numerous live gigs in Russia and Europe and releasing quite a lot of experimental and post-industrial music from Russian and international artists on his own labels ZHELEZOBETON and Muzyka Voln.
Developing his sound from previous works, on this album Kryptogen Rundfunk uses more acoustic instruments (mouth harp, bowed guitar, metal plate, singing bowl, voice), yet stays true to his favourite array of synthesizers, effect units and of course his trademark shortwave radio noises and transmission interceptions. With all this set-up he creates a dynamic sonic universe varying from ritualistic ambiental textures to heavy electronics, abstract multi-layered drones and sharp gritty noises.
The release is presented in two versions: standard single CD edition (ltd. 200) in a 4-panel ecopak and special double CD edition (ltd. 100) with a recording of a live gig based on the same material and played in Gdansk in November 2017. Both versions contain beautiful artwork by the St. Petersburg-based graphic artist Kirill Rozhkov.
released September 23, 2019
Source: Degen DE1103, Rokton, Korg Monotron Duo, Korg Monotron Delay, Korg Volca FM, vargan, electric guitar, voice, singing bowl, vilkofon, feedback, field recordings and found sounds.
Treatment: Behringer DSP2024P Virtualizer Pro, Yamaha EMP100, Digitech DF-7 Distortion Factory, Behringer US600 Ultra Shifter / Harmonist, Moonsun Kryptogen Ringmod, TC Electronic Flashback Delay & Looper, Mooer Reecho Pro, Mooer Reverie Reverb, various software filters and processors.
Recorded by M.M. in August 2017 and March 2018 at Base Station.
Final mix and master – August 2018.
Artwork by Kirill Rozhkov.
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