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# Posted: 29 Jul 2010 11:39 - Edited by: INQB8R

Cat.#: INQ016

Chaika - Inspirations from Jacques Offenbach

Russia is a country of many cultures and traditions, but here we have an astonishing debut tape, which continues the best dark ambient and experimental approaches of the traditional European electronic scene. If there would be no recognizable title on the cover, we could expect that it is "Lustmord" or "Biosphere" trying to find their roots in some ancient damp cave. The work was really influenced by Jacques Offenbach, and even uses transformed samples of his music; but instead of following 19th century's operetta rules, this sound not only meets all available new era technologies, but also keeps the time and mood moment, as it's initially proposed by the author.

Possible Definition: Journey Over Plato of Cultures

01/ Les Contes d'Hoffmann.mp3 13:13
02/ Le Mariage Aux Lanternes.mp3 08:08
03/ Le Papillon.mp3 10:10

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# Posted: 13 Mar 2012 19:51 - Edited by: MrProlix

We've got a really nice review and overview from Kirill Platonkin. Despite he lives in Russia, Blagoveshchensk, Kirill runs a WordPress blog called "Agniworld" where he listens and describes experimental music. This review came on March 13, 2012. I.e. today :) Enjoy the back-in-time mood, and thanks to Kirill for noticing us. Keep on creating! ;)

Kirill Platonkin:
Chaika is a one-man project from Russia, organized by Nikita Soldatenkov, who was greatly influences and impressed by the music of Offenbach and Stravinsky. This fact gives an exhaustive explanation to how he entitled his album, released on INQB8R netlabel: "Inspirations From Jacques Offenbach", and I think, it is a worthy homage for this remarkable composer. The album consists of three tracks, the first of them – "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" (The Tales Of Hoffmann), named so in the name of Offenbach's opera, which is based on stories of E. T. A. Hoffmann – here the project Chaika intented to unbosom his own vision. It starts with murmuring noises, gradually passing into stable drone with some repeating reversed vocal phrases. The sounding is rich and dense, as if it is a rock mass, though it is rather movable; also it has a distinct structure with introduction, the proper body of the track and conclusion – everything, characteristic of classical music. "Le Mariage Aux Lanteres" ("The Wedding By Lantern-Light") also refers to Offenbach's creation, and here Mr. Soldatenkov shows his specific approach – through vibrant layers of drones, soft sweeps of noise, which after the middle of the track turn into slightly vocalized fluxion. "Le Papillon" ("The Butterfly") begins with some mechanical sounds, or maybe hyperbolized representation of a butterfly's flapping, alternate with a dog's barking; later it leaves space for a flying ambiance, where that mechanic knocking turns into some kind of chaotic breath-like sounds against the background of peaceful and majestic drone. Well, in general, this album leaves a great impression, and I hope, that ambient lovers will enjoy these inspirations.


# Posted: 23 Nov 2012 17:03


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