Thursday, August 3, 2017

Vladimír Hirsch - Scripta Soli (2017)

"Scripta Soli" (“The writings of the earth”) is a thematic album for integrated techniques & field recordings. 2011-2017. Musicians: Vladimír Hirsch - electronic keyboards, synthesizers, samplers, pianos, digital technologies, field recordings, spoken word; Nadya Feir - vocals, Dominika Karčovská - vocals (soprano), production by Tom Saivon. The album is based on a fictive experience during apocalyptic war catastrophe, perceived from the position of a person imprisoned in the bunker. In epic form, it consists in descriptions of his feelings, memories, fears, visions and expectation of inevitable in echoes of devastating actions on the surface, as though, all sonically interpretated by the ground. Musical idea and rendition of the figurative opus is carried out as "musique concrète intergrée" by the work with field recordings, electroacoustic and digital techniques through metamorphic musicalization of primarily non-musical elements, typical for the musician, in case of this album as an essential manner. CD (© 2017 Old Captain - OCCD33, digipack)


Subpop Squeeze - Anacreontics (2017)

Thematic album. Dark-electro-industrial-thrash synthesis. Created between 2014 and 2016. Recorded at CatchArrow Recordings studio, Prague, Czechia. Musicians & participants: Vladimír Hirsch - electronic keyboards, synthesizers, samplers, digital technology, Nadya Feir - vocals, El - vocals, Timothy Simmons - recitation, David Icke - spoken word. Production & lyrics by Tom Saivon. Photography & artwork by Gelso Nero & Jan Vávra. Product manager: Martina Sanollová. Conceptual work, named intentionally gracefully after ancient Greek genre of "songs about love and wine", but created with obvious sarcastic and mocking undertone both in musical processing in style, called dark-electro-industrial-thrash synthesis (T.Saivon), with critical, sometimes almost cynical texts, however verbal component plays mainly the role of background. Rock principle of thrash metal characteristics and electronics are surrounded by industrial and dark ambient soundscapes. Released on March 23, 2017 by E-Klageto (A Division of Psych.KG), Germany ( 16).


Subpop Squeeze - Introscan (2016)

Dark-electronic / industrial metal album, where thrash-metallic riffs and guitar structures are linked to electronic elements embedded in dark-ambient structures, with critical or sarcastic lyrics. Collection of songs compiled from tracks, intended originally for the album Anacreontics with a more prominent role of solo singing and spoken word, which largely represents Hirsch's cooperation with the Dutch singer and songwriter Nadya Feir.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Vladimír Hirsch - Horae (Organ Concerto No.2) 2015

Concerto for organ, keyboard instruments, integrated techniques, clockworks and field recordings, op.90, with the subtitle "Organ Concerto No. 2," whose orginal version was composed in 2011. Conceptual composition, working - in terms of sound conception and metaphorically - a study of properties and interactions of time and space. Musicians: Vladimír Hirsch - organ, piano and other keyboards, synthesizers, electronics, field recordings, hourly mechanics, digital technique). The album recorded live at the Cultural Centre "Žižkostel" (Czechoslovak Hussite Church, Barikád Square, Prague 3, 25 April 2015. Mix: CatchArrow Recordings studio, Prague, Czechia


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Vladimír Hirsch - Axonal Transit (2014)

The album embraces two works: A four-part composition with the same name, op.92, considered and occasionally subtitled as "Symphony No.5", created in 2012 (tracks 1-4), and an extensive epic track “Craving Urania”, op.95, from 2014 (track no.5), for electronics, strings, brasses and percussions manipulated by integrated techniques. Musicians: Vladimír Hirsch – electronics, keyboards, synthesizers, mix, integrated sound manipulation techniques; participation of Czech Integrated Ensemble - strings, brasses, percussions. CDR © 2014 Integrated Music Records - Catch 065.


Subpop Squeeze - The Sheep Barn Entertainment (2014)

The album from the author's category of "electronic subpop entertainments", originally created as a concert program. Despite the lightweight nature, it does not deviate significantly from his works basic concept. It contains previously unreleased songs, along with several versions of tracks from the albums "There's No Human Triumph" and "Dreams Of Awakening" from the ninetees. Musicians: Vladimír Hirsch - all instruments, mix. Participation: Nadya Feir - vocal. © 2014 Black Work / Alkemy Bros., USA.

Vladimír Hirsch - Selected Organ & Piano Works (2013)

A selection of compositions created 1977-2012 on two discs. The collection combines unpublished tracks or adjusted versions of previously released material. All tracks revisited, re-recorded and remixed at CatchArrow Recordings studio, Prague, Czechia, 2012. Musicians: Vladimír Hirsch – organs, pianos, electroacoustic, analogue and digital techniques. Index: Cats On The Rooftop, op.4, 1977; Six Bagatelles, op.16; 1987; Partita For Piano, op.18, 1988; Aion, op.33, 1992; Detaxichen, op.41; 1996; Nostalgie, op.43, 1997; Organ Preludes z op.39, 58 a 64; Danze e marce, op.57, 1998; Hymnus č.2, op.56, 1998; Elegy, op.65, 2001; Third Eye, op.69, 2003; Nenia, op.62, 1999-2008; Trigonal Sonata, op.71, 2004; Jákob's Ladder, op.83; 2009; Amorpheae op.86, 2010; Lamiade: Symmetric Variations, op.88, 2012.