“Originally released as a C30 cassette a year ago, the splendidly titled Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico is a magnificent exercise in progressive kosmische, brushed with occasional hints of music concrète. The album is split into two tracks of pretty much equal length, each charting slightly different terrains. Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico I opens with what very much sounds like bowed bells upon which come crashing strange coughing noises and waves of bubbling electronics until, three and a half minutes in, one of these soundwaves overwhelms everything and flickers for a while until it progressively retreats to reveal a much barer, more organic plateau. Madak continuously alternates between overtly electronic squiggles and squelches on one side and more poised moments on the other, at times letting rudimentary melody or reflective moments to briefly take shape. Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico II is a more contrasted piece, with a far less linear progression. Tense clusters of noise are followed by various electronic arpeggios, which are in turn overpowered by more crushing noise formations. This continuous re-configuration never occurs twice with the same intensity or follow the same logic. Such randomness makes for a rich listening experience, which owes as much to the pioneering electronic experimentation of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry as to the expensive electronic epics of early Tangerine Dream.”
— FABRIC: A Sort Of Radiance / BEE MASK: Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico (Spectrum Spools) | themilkfactory
2:16 pm • 24 March 2011
Oneohtrix Point Never - Tickets - The International House - Philadelphia, PA - April 22nd, 2011 R5 Productions
Early warning: I’m jamming this. First Bee Mask gig in Philly in almost a year / first OPN gig in Philly ever. Killer PA, too. Gonna be sick!
3:37 pm • 23 March 2011
Wire "Office Ambience" 4/11. ”Canzoni” in stock at VT. Our God is Speed situates an old Bee Mask performance vid in some pretty heavy company. Thanks everyone!
12:00 pm • 22 March 2011
Italian Market snack grip, Philly, Spring 2011. Mid-shopping for 2LP artwork supplies. Photo by Kate McGuire.
1:48 pm • 21 March 2011 • 1 note
“Swooping alien insectoid pulses and rich soundscapes conjure up all manner of pretty abstract shapes. Sure this is heavily inspired by classic German stuff but it also has something to say which is entirely its own. Both this and the Fabric record on the label are really hitting the spot for me so go check them out. Quality electronic music.”
— 4*: Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico by Bee Mask « Norman Records weblog thing
3:57 pm • 18 March 2011
Detail of A Moon of Saturn Resting on a Doric Foundation (2007), by Daniel G. Baird, who’s doing the visual design for the forthcoming Bee Mask/Envenomist split 12” on A Sounddesign. Check more of Daniel’s work at danielgbaird.com.
4:19 pm • 17 March 2011 • 1 note
“Bee Mask’s mind-melting ‘Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico’, meanwhile, was released in 2010 on a c30 cassette and has become one of the most sought after artefacts of the neu-Kosmische movement. This is the first time it’s been available on vinyl, faithfully remastered by Rashad Becker - so to say we’re excited by this release is an understatement. Chris Madak aka Bee Mask’s music exists in a continuum of musique concrète and tape experiments stretching back to the earliest emissions of Pierre Henry through to the more recent hypnagogic/synth noise of Emeralds, Rene Hell or Oneohtrix Point Never. The album has been meticulously sculpted from Synthesizers, percussion, piano, tape, and voice - recorded, mixed, and edited between 2006-2010 in Cleveland and Philadelphia. The result is an often breathtaking confluence of contrasting sounds arranged with a magnetic mystery and a cryptic logic which will reveal itself in due course. Bee Mask already counts the likes of Autre Ne Veut (who included a large chunk of this LP in his Altered Zones mix) and Will Bankhead (who released ‘Frozen Versioning (Hyperborean Return)’ on his The Trilogy Tapes label) as big fans, and no doubt your good selves, soon enough.”
via Boomkat’s Something Special Newsletter
2:26 pm • 16 March 2011
Thanks William Hutson for a fantastic review of Canzoni in the April 2011 issue of The Wire! Grip it here, at your local record heap, or digi via Exact Editions.
1:51 pm • 15 March 2011
“Bee Mask’s compositions are a lot noisier than your regular space music release; Echoing filter zaps gravitate through the stereo field, dense atonal note clusters wash away in halls of reverb and drone immaculately into silence and noise – quite a journey. Whilst Fabric’s work may sound like a traditional study in contemporary space music, Bee Mask feels more like strapping oneself into a spaceship that is close to self destruction. The two tracks being much darker and dystopian than usual for this genre which makes for a fantastic listen!”
— Fabric - A Sort Of Radiance / Bee Mask - Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico | Fluid Radio
9:45 pm • 13 March 2011
(Photo by Jillian Slane.) Voice of the Valley 2009, Pentress WV.
12:00 pm • 12 March 2011 • 2 notes
(Photo by Jillian Slane.) Cleveland, Summer 2010.
12:00 pm • 11 March 2011
(Photo by Jason Anderson.) Brooklyn, Summer 2010.
12:00 pm • 10 March 2011
“march 2011 release ; finally, some justice in this world … right here’s a gorgeous vinyl issue of arguably bee mask’s best album thusfar … i’ve ranted a bit about chris madak’s whole aesthetic universe, such as this couplet (in reference to the initial, gift tapes issue) :: … here mr. madak rides again with this incredible suite of electronic music, largely breaking away from the flowing, sequencer-based “jams” of his peers & heading into headier territories … i’m reminded of françois bayle’s work (especially “toupie dans le ciel”) ; in particular the cycling, upper-register twinkle & variably-spaced twitter (not to mention the aggregate heterodyning low-end) bring back memories of skipping class to listen to ina-grm reel-to-reels in my college library … … given chris’respectable dominance of the more intellectual corners of the u.s. tape scene (via his impeccably curated deception island series) it’s somewhat incredible that this is only the second “mass-market” issue of his music (following the “hyperborean trenchtown” lp for weird forest) … and it’s a great one, successfully merging the conceptual alignments of classic electro-acoustic music with contemporary sensibilities & techniques … killer set, issued in a high-spec format worthy of post-apocalyptic archival purposes (seriously, let’s call back the voyager & add a copy of this to it’s annals ; the ca. decade-2 21st century electronic music zeitgeist has never been this well articulated) ; highly recommended !!!”
— mimaroglu music sales ☞ new arrivals
2:47 pm • 9 March 2011