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Frederik Croene, Timo van Luijk

Ipnopedion (LP)

Label: La Scie Dorée

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental

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Numbered second edition of 45 copies on 'smoke vinyl' with silkscreened sleeve, insert and download code. Already more than ten years Frederik Croene & Timo van Luijk collaborate on live shows and LP publications in which they search for common grounds. They try to link the intuitive music van Luijk has been developing over the years with Croene’s deeply classical education. "On the frigid moonless night of December 6th, 1978, a 26 year-old night watchman named Pier Zanfretta was on a routine patrol in the village of Torriglia, where he stumbled into a horrifying encounter with aliens from Taetonia. In order to get more clarity about what happened that night Pier Zanfretta agreed to undergo hypnosis, to let his subconscious speak about his abduction by these aliens. As his discours under hypnosis sounded uncannily musical and mesmerizing, even without understanding the words, it became the basis of this Ipnopedion album.
For the recording of the title track ‘Ipnopedion’ (side 1) Zanfretta’s speech was played back on headphones, then phonetically reproduced by FC and TVL, lying down in darkness as being hypnotised. Apart from this transposed text only piano and a few hypnosis inducing atmospherics and spatialisations were added.
The ‘Taetonia’ track (side 2) opens with a naieve and enticing piano play slowly being beamed into a vacuum void towards Taetonia. As Zanfretta’s words were vague it remained unclear what happened in Taetonia but things certainly had changed… Ipnopedion became a ritual invitation to withdraw from the concrete world, returning to it as uncanonical aliens from Taetonia."

File under: Electroacoustic
Cat. number: Scie 2519
Year: 2023