Behind the Neznamo project stands Dmitry Shilov, the Moscow-based musician who stepped onto the path of ritual ambient music in 1996 under the stage name of Unknown. After releasing five albums on the “Strely Peruna”(“Perun’s Arrows”) label, the project temporarily fell into a lethargic sleep but woke up again in 2006 with a new name and approach.
As Neznamo Dmitriy has released several mini-albums on his own label Moonsun Productions, as well as a number of collaborations with several other acts from the Russian drone underground: Misery, Bardo, Lunar Abyss, Siyanie, etc… For those interested in the project’s roots and branches we can give some more keywords: Temnozor’, Medve Na Meche, Peal Grim, Magickal Things.
“Aiwyâstô” is Neznamo’s first full-length album and first “factory-pressed” CD. The album consists of one 42-min long composition recorded in a deep transcendental state. Covered in ornaments of unhasting vibrations, flickering and parallel sound layers, a dense string drone permeates the whole track. This music is for lovers of deep inner self reflection. Towards the depths of pitch-dark sound where one can see all forms dissolving in emptiness and being reborn by it again in an endless game of space and imagination.
Peal Grim is one of the names of Dmitriy Shilov known for the projects Unknown, Neznamo and Magickal Things. Peal Grim explores the theme of dramatic experiences of the human condition using acoustic and electric guitars, overdrive, distortion and spatial effects.
Their sound creates clouds of guitar drone, noise and ringing, assuming different shapes in the acoustic atmosphere: sometimes floating like an impenetrable fog, sometimes rolling like a gigantic front of thunderclouds, sometimes creeping over a dark pit of overwhelming melancholia…
These five compositions were recorded over the course of three years from 2007 to 2009 and were mastered by Sergey Bulychiov (kshatriy.pro) in 2014.
“This record is not recommended listening for clinically depressed persons”.
Creation VI is a Russian-Ukrainian project from the new wave of drone music. Started in 2006, the project has released many works on net-labels, cassettes and CD-Rs, both as solo artists and as joint efforts with many other musicians. The project members Tim Six and Aloe also run their own label ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ… Ugasanie is the alias of Pavel Malyshkin from Vitebsk, Belarus. He also has a decent catalog of published works including several albums on the highly acclaimed dark ambient label Cryo Chamber.
Their collaboration disc “Birds of Naukan” is dedicated to the so-called “Whales Alley” – a big ancient Eskimo sanctuary in Chukotka, built from huge bones of the Greenland whales. The album investigates the sacral nature of interaction between man and the world in rituals where the very essence of human intention merges with the information field of the Earth. The musicians use shaman’s drum, vargan (mouth harp), throat singing, singing bowls, synthesizers and percussion, carefully crafting ritualistic dark / drone ambient compositions.
The physical release is made on quality pro-CDRs in an edition of 80 copies in a sleeve of designer cardboard. First 20 copies come as collector’s edition with special handmade artwork from the ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ label!
The third studio album by the St. Petersburg-based group Uhushuhu continues the line of the two previous works: “Long Songs Pleasant For Hearing” (Zhelezobeton, 2014) and “Onega” (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ, 2015), namely – long spatial tapestries filled with a host of electronic and organic events drifting on a leisurely contemplative wave.
One can listen to this music endlessly, it seems to be created of several layers of semi-transparent mirrors reflecting everything that comes into the field of the musicians’ imagination: smooth synthetic pads, singing birds and (perhaps?) whales, radiowaves and a heavenly female voice, lurking whispers, instrumental loops, field recordings and various found sounds. All this creates a complex electro-acoustic imagery, pleasant listening for the connoisseurs of the ambient genre.
The release also contains the video version of the album with a special fractal visualization, the dance of mathematic formulae programmed by VJ B≜H⊗G (UtrovortU).
The recording of this material was made deep in the night of March 2015. According to the author of the project, Evgeny Savenko, he caught an interesting “sweeping” combination of settings of his equipment, hit the “record” button and fell asleep a few minutes after. When he woke up he found a recorded track just over an hour long.
In a more conscious state Evgeny edited the track by wrapping it in thin layers of field recordings and modulated sound waves. The result is a viscous drowsy composition with soft enshrouding drones, electric signals running through the circuits of oscillators and effects, rain rattling on a roof and a swarm of all kinds of tones of unspecified origin… True music for sleeping, sedating not only the listener, but the musicians themselves!
A live recording made in the “P!PL” club in Moscow on February 9th, 2015 when Cisfinitum shared the stage with Nadja and Earth. For this night they prepared a special program with previously unreleased and most likely never-to-be released tracks which makes this truly unique.
Despite the fact that the project is mostly known for its dark ambient recordings, during this gig the duo of Evgeny Voronovsky and Inna Echoes performed a heavy set with rhythmic electronics, sounding like powerful space-industrial stoner-sludge. A monotonous drum-machine beat, the roaring of samplers and synthesizers, 8-bit gameboy sequences and surprising moments of calmness, soaked in a female voice – one can only envy those who were lucky to hear this live on that earthy winter night.