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Modrá // Bohemian Blue TAPE

Modrá // Bohemian Blue TAPE

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This is a reissue cassette released by Modrá, an experimental ambient trio from Prague, Czech Republic, who was quietly active in 1990-1991, from the British reissue specialty label Infinite Expanse in May 2024. (Originally released in 5)

Contains experimental ambient to strange beats songs using handmade kalimba, prepared guitar, tape collage, etc. DL code included.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Prague in the 90s was full of change and new energy. Concerts were organized in galleries, people listened with interest to up-and-coming bands, and new musical directions were pursued. During this period, there was a shift towards alternative art. In the late 80s, after years of low-key gigs, the Richter Band, a leading alternative band operating at the border of ambient, new age, and meditative music, emerged. Interest began to grow, and the band began touring not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad.

Around the same time, violinist and percussionist Jaroslav Kozhan left the group and began experimenting with his own music. He brought with him a variety of musical experience, including playing in the alternative rock group Visi Poplar and the ambient music band Richterband, as well as building and playing handmade instruments. The fiddlerphone is a unique instrument constructed from an aluminum pot mounted on a spring-loaded stand, which, when played in unison with the delicate tones of Pawel Richter's electric guitar, forms the Richterband's signature sound. did.

He already owned a sampler and played the piano, but as a drummer he was always on the lookout for new percussive instruments and sounds, from water glasses and pots to porcelain plates and salad bowls. In the summer of 1990, an experiment was conducted by driving nails into trees in Šumava, a national park in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, and the first Šumava (village) Kalimba was born. Together with his brother Michael, he refined the kalimba, experimenting with repeating melodies on the kalimba, recording them at home and supplementing them with sampler loops and slowed-down tapes.

The new recording, full of rhythms, pre-recorded loops and Michael Kojan's synthesizer, was first shown in public at Bratislava's Klarisky Concert Hall in April 1990. Shortly after that, Jaroslav met Marek Hanzlik, guitarist of another Prague-based band, Di Arca, which led to the formation of a new musical trio named Modrá ("Blue"). Marek's prepared guitar brings subtle harmonies and unusual sounds to the rhythmic structure, complemented by Jaroslav Kocan's slowed-down pre-recorded tapes, sampled loops and voice.

From November 1990 to June 11, Modrá made a number of recordings at his home studio in Jaroslav. Bohemian Blue selects the most interesting works from this period and includes two songs recorded live at a home concert in February 1991. The group disbanded in late 6 and was short-lived, but it was an important period of musical experimentation, and it marked the beginning of the new Orloj Snivči (The Dream Chaser's Clock), with whom Yaroslav Kozhan still performs. It was the beginning. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Infinite Expanse releases available at Tobira.

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Includes DL code. C60 cassette in norelco case.
Recorded and mixed by Jaroslav Kořán, 1990-91, Pagoda Studio, Prague. 
Remastered by Michal Kořán, 2018. 

tracklist:

1.Smalt Blue 05:20
2. Coffee Dark Blue 06:44
3. Afternoon Ultramarine (Ta naše jediná a nejlepší) 06:03
4. Evening Indigo 07:26
5. Prague Blue 03:06
6. Pub Cobalt 03:12
7. Smoke Green Blue 04:41
8. Night Denim 03:29
9. Morning Azure 05:22
10. Hyacinth Blue 01:48
11. Metal Blue 04:09

Text by Infinite Expanse:

"The nineties were full of changes and new energies in Prague. Concerts were organized in galleries, people listened with interest to emerging bands and new musical directions were followed. In this period, there was a growing interest in alternative art, and Richter Band, one of the leading alternative bands operating in the borders between ambient, new age and meditative music, was in its accession. After years of modest gigging in the late 80s, interest in seeing them perform live began to increase and the band started to tour not just the Czech regions but also ventured abroad.

At the same time, Jaroslav Kořán, a fiddlerophone and percussion player, left the group and began to experiment with his own music. With him, he brought a range of musical experience from playing in the alternative rock group, Vyšší Populár, and the ambient outfit, Richter Band, as well as building and playing hand-made instruments. The fiddlerophone, a unique instrument assembled using aluminum pots and mounted on sprung stands, formed the characteristic sound of Richter Band when played in unison with the subtle sounds of Pavel Richter's electric guitar, and would later inspire Jaroslav to experiment in creating his own instruments.

Although he already owned a sampler and played the piano, as a drummer, he was constantly seeking new percussive instruments and sounds, ranging from water glasses and pots to porcelain plates and salad bowls. In the summer of 1990, he experimented with nails hammered into wood in Šumava, a national park in the South Bohemian regions of the Czech Republic, and the first "Šumava (or village) kalimbas" were created. Together with his brother Michal, they refined the kalimbas, trying out repetitive melodies on them, which they would then record at home and supplement with loops from a sampler and slowed-down tapes.

The newly recorded material, full of rhythms, pre-recorded loops and Michal Kořán's synthesizer, was presented for the first time in public in April 1990 at the Klarisky concert hall in Bratislava. Soon after, Jaroslav met Marek Hanzlík, a guitarist from another Prague -based band, Die Archa, leading to the formation of a new musical trio named Modrá (“Blue”). This led to a fundamental musical shift, with Marek's prepared guitar bringing subtle harmonies and an unusual sound to the rhythmic structures, complemented by Jaroslav Kořán's slowed-down pre-recorded tapes, sampled loops and voices.

Over November 1990 to June 1991, Modrá made a number of recordings in Jaroslav's home studio. For “Bohemian Blue”, the most interesting pieces from this period were selected and supplemented with two compositions recorded live at a home concert in February 1991. Although the group was only short-lived, disbanding in the second half of 1991, it represents an important period of musical experimentation and marked the dawn of the nascent Orloj Snivců (“Horologe of Dreamers”), with whom Jaroslav Kořán still performs today."

Artist: Modra

Label: Infinite Expanse

CAT No: IE12

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This is a reissue cassette released by Modrá, an experimental ambient trio from Prague, Czech Republic, who was quietly active in 1990-1991, from the British reissue specialty label Infinite Expanse in May 2024. (Originally released in 5)

Contains experimental ambient to strange beats songs using handmade kalimba, prepared guitar, tape collage, etc. DL code included.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Prague in the 90s was full of change and new energy. Concerts were organized in galleries, people listened with interest to up-and-coming bands, and new musical directions were pursued. During this period, there was a shift towards alternative art. In the late 80s, after years of low-key gigs, the Richter Band, a leading alternative band operating at the border of ambient, new age, and meditative music, emerged. Interest began to grow, and the band began touring not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad.

Around the same time, violinist and percussionist Jaroslav Kozhan left the group and began experimenting with his own music. He brought with him a variety of musical experience, including playing in the alternative rock group Visi Poplar and the ambient music band Richterband, as well as building and playing handmade instruments. The fiddlerphone is a unique instrument constructed from an aluminum pot mounted on a spring-loaded stand, which, when played in unison with the delicate tones of Pawel Richter's electric guitar, forms the Richterband's signature sound. did.

He already owned a sampler and played the piano, but as a drummer he was always on the lookout for new percussive instruments and sounds, from water glasses and pots to porcelain plates and salad bowls. In the summer of 1990, an experiment was conducted by driving nails into trees in Šumava, a national park in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, and the first Šumava (village) Kalimba was born. Together with his brother Michael, he refined the kalimba, experimenting with repeating melodies on the kalimba, recording them at home and supplementing them with sampler loops and slowed-down tapes.

The new recording, full of rhythms, pre-recorded loops and Michael Kojan's synthesizer, was first shown in public at Bratislava's Klarisky Concert Hall in April 1990. Shortly after that, Jaroslav met Marek Hanzlik, guitarist of another Prague-based band, Di Arca, which led to the formation of a new musical trio named Modrá ("Blue"). Marek's prepared guitar brings subtle harmonies and unusual sounds to the rhythmic structure, complemented by Jaroslav Kocan's slowed-down pre-recorded tapes, sampled loops and voice.

From November 1990 to June 11, Modrá made a number of recordings at his home studio in Jaroslav. Bohemian Blue selects the most interesting works from this period and includes two songs recorded live at a home concert in February 1991. The group disbanded in late 6 and was short-lived, but it was an important period of musical experimentation, and it marked the beginning of the new Orloj Snivči (The Dream Chaser's Clock), with whom Yaroslav Kozhan still performs. It was the beginning. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Infinite Expanse releases available at Tobira.

----------------------

Includes DL code. C60 cassette in norelco case.
Recorded and mixed by Jaroslav Kořán, 1990-91, Pagoda Studio, Prague. 
Remastered by Michal Kořán, 2018. 

tracklist:

1.Smalt Blue 05:20
2. Coffee Dark Blue 06:44
3. Afternoon Ultramarine (Ta naše jediná a nejlepší) 06:03
4. Evening Indigo 07:26
5. Prague Blue 03:06
6. Pub Cobalt 03:12
7. Smoke Green Blue 04:41
8. Night Denim 03:29
9. Morning Azure 05:22
10. Hyacinth Blue 01:48
11. Metal Blue 04:09

Text by Infinite Expanse:

"The nineties were full of changes and new energies in Prague. Concerts were organized in galleries, people listened with interest to emerging bands and new musical directions were followed. In this period, there was a growing interest in alternative art, and Richter Band, one of the leading alternative bands operating in the borders between ambient, new age and meditative music, was in its accession. After years of modest gigging in the late 80s, interest in seeing them perform live began to increase and the band started to tour not just the Czech regions but also ventured abroad.

At the same time, Jaroslav Kořán, a fiddlerophone and percussion player, left the group and began to experiment with his own music. With him, he brought a range of musical experience from playing in the alternative rock group, Vyšší Populár, and the ambient outfit, Richter Band, as well as building and playing hand-made instruments. The fiddlerophone, a unique instrument assembled using aluminum pots and mounted on sprung stands, formed the characteristic sound of Richter Band when played in unison with the subtle sounds of Pavel Richter's electric guitar, and would later inspire Jaroslav to experiment in creating his own instruments.

Although he already owned a sampler and played the piano, as a drummer, he was constantly seeking new percussive instruments and sounds, ranging from water glasses and pots to porcelain plates and salad bowls. In the summer of 1990, he experimented with nails hammered into wood in Šumava, a national park in the South Bohemian regions of the Czech Republic, and the first "Šumava (or village) kalimbas" were created. Together with his brother Michal, they refined the kalimbas, trying out repetitive melodies on them, which they would then record at home and supplement with loops from a sampler and slowed-down tapes.

The newly recorded material, full of rhythms, pre-recorded loops and Michal Kořán's synthesizer, was presented for the first time in public in April 1990 at the Klarisky concert hall in Bratislava. Soon after, Jaroslav met Marek Hanzlík, a guitarist from another Prague -based band, Die Archa, leading to the formation of a new musical trio named Modrá (“Blue”). This led to a fundamental musical shift, with Marek's prepared guitar bringing subtle harmonies and an unusual sound to the rhythmic structures, complemented by Jaroslav Kořán's slowed-down pre-recorded tapes, sampled loops and voices.

Over November 1990 to June 1991, Modrá made a number of recordings in Jaroslav's home studio. For “Bohemian Blue”, the most interesting pieces from this period were selected and supplemented with two compositions recorded live at a home concert in February 1991. Although the group was only short-lived, disbanding in the second half of 1991, it represents an important period of musical experimentation and marked the dawn of the nascent Orloj Snivců (“Horologe of Dreamers”), with whom Jaroslav Kořán still performs today."

Artist: Modra

Label: Infinite Expanse

CAT No: IE12