Dzwieki z Offu

by Adam Mankowski

Music, word, murmur - stratified and contrasted with the sound naturalism obligatory in Polish cinema, gave rise to a completely new path of film acoustics development, which ceased to be only a sincere mirror and became a conscious element in the creation of psychic reality. The musical material contained in the album is an attempt to subjectively interpret the huge wealth of experience brought by the film debut of Grzegorz Królikiewicz - the movie Na Wylot. Movie has never belonged to the favorites of critics, and all analyzes and reviews - which took place after the premiere and for the next decades - focused almost on the problems of the moral work. The artistic layer of the film remains underestimated and still overlooked, as well as the potential of the techniques used to assemble and execute the sound, which allowed to significantly extend the psychological portrait of the main characters of the drama. The overriding aim of the process of creating this musical material was the desire to evoke the creative spirit accompanying the director and his composers - Henryk Kuzniak and Jerzy Hajdun. The creators responsible for the sound layer, dared to break with the contemporary tradition and departing from naturalism, created a sound space that is a kind of deformation of reality in which the lost and deformed sound often reaches us from outside the frame.

The basic assumption of the project "Dzwieki z Offu" is to bring the audience to the figure of Grzegorz Królikiewicz - director, screenwriter and professor of film arts associated with Lodz. The film debut of the author, made at the WFDiF Film Laboratory in Lodz, was an absolute sensation at the time of the premiere on the background of Polish cinematography. This was due to the use of innovative techniques for the implementation and assembly of sound, as well as artistic experiments in combining the sound layer with the image.

ACU 1013

factory-pressed CD in Digipack

Released in 2018

limited to 100 copies

price: 10.00 EUR (excl. postage)

Adam Mankowski - born in 1985, lives and works in Lodz. A sound artist, improviser, independent music journalist and photography enthusiast. An insightful observer of newly emerging music phenomena of an avant-garde character. Since 2006 he has been continuing his solo music activity under the name - Limited Liability Sounds. He moves in the genere of improvised, experimental and intermedia music. He co-founded the experimental duo Scindite (2014-2015) and the ambient project Insomnia (2005-2012). Winner of this year's artistic scholarship, Mayor of the City of Lodz.

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I dedicate the album to the memory of Grzegorz Królikiewicz.

Music material will be complemented by a sound installation presented in the Lodz WY gallery on November 23, 2018.

Release was financed with funds received as part of the artistic scholarship of the Mayor of Lodz.

music / production: Adam Mankowski

cover design: Bartlomiej Michal Górecki

Recordings made in Lodz and Berlin in 2017-2018
Field recordings were registered in Lodz, Wroclaw, Berlin and Rome in February-August 2018

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Attenuation circuit is one of those small labels that still possess the spirit of true DIY music culture. It's truly open to new faces, there's plenty of enthusiasm involved and foremostly, staying away from the known names it shows great music.
Approaching material by Adam Mankowski, I tried not to read the liner notes. The idea of paying a tribute to "Na wylot" creator Grzegorz Królikiewicz doesn't necessarily speaks to me as it's very idiosyncratic and hermetic, in other words - quite interesting as a piece of Polish cinema but emotionally leaves me indifferent.
Unlike the music on this cd...
It's very cinematic, very much ambient in an experimental way transposing field recordings into somewhat interesting textures. Great aspect of it is its narrative - the grainy maestry of it pushing the boundaries of not a very easy path of minimalism that can lead to the point where it's just plain old repetitiveness. Adam definitely knows how to do it.
The grey matter of the substancethat is diluted here to the level of an amalgam is the key here. There is no lead, no particular track I could mention that takes a role of a main one. It's better to listen to it as a whole.

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