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act 245 · ginormous · the sound of love impermanent · cd

tracklist:
01 every tooth is bared
02 north, part 1
03 joy when you come
04 if the sky had stitch marks
05 fallen for nevers, part 1
06 so you'll know where i am
07 lycanized
08 north, part 2
09 the splendor of gretel
10 fallen for nevers, part 2
11 hollow ashes
12 a darkness by day
13 the sound of love impermanent
14 a feather is re-glued to the flight

"a few years before the making of this album, lisa wahlander introduced me to the choreography of maria gillespie and her company, oni dance. i immediately connected with maria's work, and was especially drawn to her music selections. i asked lisa to give maria my first two albums as well as a deru album from my good friend ben wynn. some months later in the summer of 2006, maria incorporated my track "to reveal interiors" and deru's "only the circle" into her beautiful, haunting piece "la hora de salir." it was the first time that either ben or i had seen dance choreographed to our music. since i listen to and create my music largely in solitude, i never realized that the experience of having my work filtered through other artists' minds and bodies was something i so craved.

by the fall, the transition to a new studio coupled with a hectic professional life had slowed progress on my third album, "at night, under artificial light." around this time, maria invited lisa and me to a dance performance at the ford amphitheater in hollywood. before the show maria mentioned she was working on a new piece and asked if i would write the entire score. she was accustomed to creating choreography first and adding music late in the process, but with this new work she wanted to start with the music and use that as inspiration for the choreography. i said yes on the spot.

i started working on a sketch the next day, even before i had the benefit of maria's direction. just from seeing her work and hearing the music she selected in the past, i felt like i had enough to go on. i played the sketch to maria and she said, "that's it. that is the main theme of the piece." that sketch became the title track on this album. i put my "artificial light" project on the backburner and started churning out more sketches for maria, with her direction and input.

unlike the sluggish work of finishing my album, the dance score poured out rapidly. creating music for someone else's purposes seemed to be all i needed to gain momentum again. not only did it satisfy a longstanding desire of mine to make more spacious and patient music, but it was also a welcome occasion to incorporate the talents of friends, providing a home for some unfinished, collaborative sketches, and motivating us to make some new music together.

i produced more music than maria could fit in her dance, so we had to cut tracks and edit the remaining ones down to fit into a tight half hour. that process was painful, but i got through it with the knowledge that i would eventually craft a full-length album from the work produced for the score. the dance, titled "the splendor of gretel," premiered to a sold out audience at the ford amphitheater in july 2007. seeing maria's stunning work set to the music i created for her that night was a deeply moving experience."

- bryan konietzko, december 2009 -

even if you will never have the opportunity to watch the dance score, this album works perfectly as a mindscape soundtrack. electronic sounds, classical strings, guitars and gentle vocals are the components for this fascinating work of art. stylistically, 'the sound of love impermanent' can be described as an amalgam of ambient and contemporary orchestral music enriched with the addition of post rock structures. a remarkable release by a well-respected artist - give it a try!

ginormous discography 04.2k10:
the sound of love impermanent. cd. ant-zen act245. 2010
egantic (remixes). mp3 album. hymen records ¥783. 2010
at night, under artificial light. cd. hymen records ¥765. 2008
the endless procession. cd. hymen records ¥749. 2006
our ancestors' intense love affair. cd. hymen records ¥749.2. 2006

links:
www.thisisginormous.com
www.bryankonietzko.com
www.onidance.org
www.mikewellsmastering.com

reviews:

alternativmusik.de
es gibt so alben, die man scheinbar sehr schnell fertig besprochen hat. dazu genügen dann nur wenige sätze und ein vergleich. im falle von the sound of love impermanent wäre das ein schön gemachtes ambient-album mit rock- und orchestralen einflüssen. offensichtlich, dass dann auch ein vergleich mit den isländern sigur ros auch not täte. so einfach könnte man es sich auch machen. könnte man, ja nur würde man dann dem album einfach nicht gerecht werden und einfach das gesamtkonzept, auf welchem the sound of love impermanent aufbaut, einfach mal konsequent außer acht lassen. die entstehungsgeschichte des albums ist nämlich die rezeption der musik ginormous durch die choreographin maria gillespie und ihrer tanzgruppe, welche bereits zu zwei lieder früherer werke eine choreographie erarbeitet hatten. im gegenzug erarbeitete ginormous diesmal eine musik für die gruppe. diese wurde schließlich weiterverarbeitet und ist nun form dieses albums zu finden. beim hören ist daher faszinierend sich vorzustellen wie zu dieser musik getanzt wird. und tatsächlich kann diese musik für eine choreographie funktionieren. voller harmonie, mit interessanten höhepunkten ist das album gespickt, so dass selbst nach mehreren hörgängen nichts von seiner faszination verliert. schade nur, dass man sich bei dem album nur auf seine phantasie verlassen muss, denn die aufführung geschah 2007 und einen mitschnitt scheint es nicht gegeben zu haben. der wunsch, diesen mal zu sehen, kommt beim hören durchaus auf, aber erfüllt wird er wohl niemals. dies kann einem anhand dem, was man auf the sound of love impermanent zu hören bekommt, letztendlich aber auch egal sein, bringt es so den hörer umso mehr zum genauen hinhören. (tristan osterfeld)

chroniques électroniques
tous les deux ans, ginormous présente des albums reflétant ses voyages et ses pensées aventureuses. hymen records et son papa ant-zen ont toujours été là pour publier ses splendides essais. les deux premières réalisations de celui qui se nomme en réalité bryan konietzko, ont laissé des traces indélébiles dans l'esprit de ceux qui s'y sont immergés. la richesse du projet réside dans son originalité et dans sa glorieuse capacité à se renouveler. ginormous est quelqu'un qui est sans doute incapable de faire dans la redite. a en croire la magnifique photo qui fait office d'artwork, c'est cette fois-ci au coeur du désert du nouveau mexique et en hiver que nous emmène l'insatiable voyageur. partons vite. l'américain a depuis ses débuts fait la rencontre de nombreux artistes, et plus particulièrement la chorégraphes de danse contemporaine maria gillepsie. ce nouvel opus était à la base conçu pour accompagner le spectacle de cette dernière. on ne doute à aucun instant du résultat tant on constate que la musique de ginormous a une dimension picturale indéniable. la mélodie s'érige tel un tableau mouvant, mêlant idm et compositions classiques modernes.les cordes sont dotées d'une sensibilité de porcelaine, les synthés sont quant à eux presque effacés comparés aux albums précédents. ceux qui ont l'habitude de me lire me reprochent souvent d'annoncer l'album de l'année toutes les semaines. même si je le pense ici fortement, je ne vais pas m'y risquer et vais juste simplement dire que ce type est capable d'installer une révolution folktronica. north, part 1 est le morceau qui motive mon propos. c'est sans doute ce que j'ai entendu de plus beau depuis très longtemps. on se croit spectateur du bon vouloir de dame nature et des éléments, un vent électrique labourant une forêt de sapins bleus pour ne plus laisser place qu'à la plénitude, l'immensité, à perte de vue... en plus d'être un compositeur et un producteur esthète, konietzko sait aussi s'entourer d'amis capables de sublimer sa musique. le chanteur rohner segnitz transperce les nuages de cette production céleste pour poser son timbre filtrée sur quatre titres. même si tout est très beau, on retiendra plus particulièrement ses divines interventions sur lycanized et le bouleversant a darkness by day. même deru vient mettre la main à la pâte sur north, part 2, lui qui est d'habitude plus coutumier de productions abstract hip-hop. un autre diptyque splendide est accompagné d'un collaborateur : bryan landers sur fallen for nevers. tant de romantisme et de sensibilité dans ce disque qu'on en essuierait presque une larme, comme sur le cristallin et tout en tension hollow ashes. certains trouveront ça et là des effluves de post-rock, d'ambient et même de drone. la violence des éléments reprend ses inaltérables droits sur le titre qui donne son nom à l'oeuvre, le paysage n'est jamais si beau que quand il est vierge de tout passage. ceux qui écouteront comprendront... ou pas. le label ant-zen avait pris l'habitude d'abreuver ses fans de bon got de productions industrielles ou ambient abruptes et rugueuses. the sound of love impermanent déboule comme une bouffée d'air pur. plus que ça, un disque absolument incontournable pour tout mélomane féru de volupté. permettez moi également de vous inviter à contempler les photos prises par l'artiste sur son site officiel (ici).

vital weekly
since 2006, american composer bryan konietzko alias ginormous has released two albums on german label hymen records. having had the pleasure to listen to the previous of them titled "the endless procession" it was exciting to see what has happened on this new album released almost four years after. "the endless procession" was an excellent idm-based electronica of great melody and ambience. present album "the sound of love impermanent" stays in atmospheric sound spheres of ambient beauty, but with a different approach. the idm-style has faded down and the use of guitar has become a dominant part. the music has a great melancholic feel with elements of postrock and shoegaze. the compositions has been loosely based on a dance performance and quite a few parts contain vocals by rohner segnitz (male vocalist of us-band division day). considered the fact that the album is released on the industrial-focused brother-label of hymen records, ant-zen recording, this is a quite unusual album. (nm)

gothtronic
ginormous is an interesting project who was before this mostly related to the ant-zen sub-label hymen records, who released three releases, including the digital only release 'egantic (remixes)'. with ginormous, bryan konietzko makes a lot of use of acoustic instruments and filters them through electronic processors. in the booklet of his new work, there's an interesting story to read. to keep it short, 'the sound of love impermanent' is actually a soundtrack to the performance of choreographer maria gillespie, which was called 'the splendor of gretel'. the performance was only half an hour, so a lot of songs had to be omitted. with this album he could take back all the songs that could not be in the performance, for all to hear. on this album, bryan also worked with a lot of talented musician friends to make a full-rounded production. the music is a combination of ambient passages, rhythmical structures and orchestral arrangements. tracks like 'north, part 1' and 'joy when you come' make good use of a combination of acoustic instruments, electronic sequences and mystical vocal treatments. 'fallen for nevers, part 1' is a wonderful acoustic guitar-based song. 'lycanized' seems like a continuation of this track and adds beautiful vocals to it. 'north, part 2' is a very mystical and beautiful soundscape. 'a darkness by day' with vocals by rohner segnitz is an excellent melodic ambient piece full of lush melodies. the title track 'the sound of love impermanent' starts as a quiet ambient piece and halfway changes to an intense rhythmic structure. 'the sound of love impermanent' is a wonderful album with a lot of depth and diversity. as a soundtrack i'm very curious to what this performance was all about, since the music is very interesting and of high quality. also the acoustic elements make for a great overall impression, so this is essential music for people into more adventurous forms of (electronic) music. (fabian)

connexion bizarre
ginormous delivers a refreshing new album full of warm acoustic guitars and swirling idm rhythms that will appeal to a broad audience from folk to electronic enthusiasts. "the sound of love impermanent" is a beautiful stroll through warm fall nights with a surreal wind blowing through the trees as leaves turn orange and red and begin to fall upon the cracked sidewalk. the balance between electronics and acoustic elements is in perfect harmony on this release and sets ginormous clearly apart from the bulk of electronic artists in the realm of idm/electronica. the album itself was scored for a dance performance by choreographer maria gillespie and evokes influences such as tom yorke of radiohead, steindeck, and air. in addition to vocal contributions by rohner segnitz on several songs - vocals swaying in and out of the mix with smooth elegance and emotional raw intensity - there are also guest appearances by deru and bryan landers. highlights on this release would be swirling acoustic melody "north, part 1", the spacious crescendo "if the sky had stitch marks", the short blissful "lycanized" and the melancholy of "a darkness by day". i cannot say enough about this pleasant surprise from ant-zen. the material is both mature and accessible while maintaining its identity within the realm of its peers. on songs like "so you'll know where i am", ginormous displays his talents and blends with ease beautiful piano melodies, swirled with orchestral hits and glitch laden percussion which both slip and pull toward the climax. this is the product of a true innovator. this is thus far the best album i have heard in 2010 and is a breath of fresh air in the cold realm of electronic music. i strongly suggest this release to anyone who is a fan of warm electronics or downtempo/idm. this collection of music is sure to be a welcome addition to any listener. (james church)

enochian apocalypse
from a nonsensical intro that just seems a little too pointless and abrupt to make any sort of genuine opening to an album this immediately kicks off proper on this release with 'north, part1', which is a tremendous barrage of flowing acoustic guitars, folded and swelling rhythms gelled together with subtle harmonies that whetted my appetite for what was left to come. a beautiful eastern theme starts to filter through with 'joy when you come' with rasping snares that shatter the background whilst the acoustic guitars and vocals swirl around each other, producing a warm ritualism that brings to mind the setting sun over sand dunes in a desert far away; its insanely hypnotic. many a tag has been thrown at ginormous, from 'idm' to 'electronica' and yet he appears to be none of these and just making 'music' in its own right; it's mature, authentic and above all 'real'. careful attention to detail has been placed here on organic structures that flirt with electronics; space and originality has been given precedence over conforming to genres. 'the sound of love improvement' is actually a score for dance choreographer maria gillespie, and bearing that in mind makes all the more sense when listening to the structure of this disc in its entirety, what would have added to this album would have been a video download or enhanced cd to witness the music in all its glory in the context with what it was created for. still; even without this to accompany the album there is more than enough on this cd to let the listener sit and dwell with his/her own thoughts and make up their own imagery; an immensely thought provoking, clever and adult album. (tony young)

der medienkonverter
bryan konietzko hat buchstäblich der schlag getroffen. nach seinem letzten, etwas kuriosen album "at night, under artificial light", wurde herr ginormous von der muse geküsst und zwar in form der choreographin maria gillespie. die choreographin verwendete je ein stück von ginormous und eines von deru in einer ihrer choreographien und ginormous war davon so angetan, dass er auf die frage von maria gillespie, einen kompletten soundtrack zu einem neuen stück von ihr zu schreiben, sofort mit ja antwortete. der ursprüngliche score ist nur eine gute halbe stunde lang. ginormus musste seine gesammelten ideen auf diese zeitspanne eindampfen. "the sound of love impermanent" ist die erweiterte version. der gedanke an dieses album und die damit einhergehende chance, sein gesamtes werk zu präsentieren, hat ihm dabei geholfen, als er seine kompositionen für die choreographie zeitlich einschränken musste. trotz der erheblich längeren spielzeit bleibt das album ein konzeptalbum, geschrieben für eine choreografie. bryan konietzko wirft dafür auch nicht mehr alles in die waagschale, wie noch auf den letzten album. vielmehr wirken die songs sehr emotional und bergen eine tiefe ruhe aber auch ab und an einen ausgeprägten rhythmus in sich. daher von reinem ambient zu sprechen, würde es nicht ganz treffen, auch wenn sich die musik stark an gitarren-ambient orientiert. ginormous verwendet viele gitarren-riffs, die in wunderschöner klarheit melodie und melancholie verbreiten. aber auch streicher und allerhand samples kommen zum einsatz. industrial, idm und vor allem ambient koexistieren in friedlicher harmonie. doch es stellt sich bei einigen extrem ruhigen stücken beim hören schon die frage, wie dazu wohl die choreographie ausgesehen haben mag, wenn langgezogene klangflächen sich idyllisch in der ferne verlieren. die choreographie zu diesem album bleibt dem hörer leider verwehrt. die aufführung im ford amphitheater im juli 2007 gibt es leider nicht als film. zumindest nicht auf dem album. aber auch ohne diesen optischen reiz hat "the sound of love impermanent" viel an eigenen impressionen zu bieten. wie schon sein vorgänger ist es wieder ein ungewöhnliches album, diesmal auch für ginormous, und trotzdem wieder eines jener alben, das von anfang an seine wirkung entfaltet und dennoch eine ganze weile braucht, um in seiner gänze erfasst zu werden. (veit)

filth forge
ant-zen proceeds in its program of releases exploring territories much different from its consolidated and worldwide famous trademark rhythmic noise. ginormous, aka brian konietzko from the usa, delivers fourteen tracks originally conceived as soundtrack for a choreography of dance company oni dance. short intro "every tooth is bared" sounds almost like a post-rock song, melodic and emotional, while the first half of the cd alternates between delicate ambient soundscapes, gentle acoustic guitar chords and occasional eerie vocals. the second bunch of songs becomes more and more rarefied, actually losing the listener's attention in the middle, to then regain it towards the end, especially in the windy crescendo of the title-track. "the sound of love impermanent" would probably work the best when coupled with the dance choreography, especially in the most minimal passages, but it can also function decently as ambient album, not at all dark ambient, but some dreamy, ethereal and aerial one. a relaxing and quite enjoyable listening. (simon v.)

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