This studio recording of Jason Kahn (voice) and Ilia Belorukov (modular synthesizer) is tense and taut, as dry, crumbling sonic swathes manifest both as machine and human, facilitating an almost ceremonial liberation. Kahn has historically been known for electronic sounds exhibiting stasis and abrasive, enduring minimalism; as of late his work has been primarily concerned with his own unaltered voice. Belorukov’s work exists within the realm of improvised noise and electroacoustics, as he prioritizes a wide range of collaborations. Kahn's voice provides a stark contrast to Belorukov's jagged synthesis, like examining oneself close-up in a mirror. Here, these prolific musicians share a unique, intimate intensity through drastically different approaches.
Jason Kahn - voice
Ilia Belorukov - modular synthesizer
Recorded by Ilia Belorukov at Sdvig in Saint-Petersburg on 30 Sept 2018 (A1, A2), and by Jason Kahn at WIM in Zürich on 28 Feb 2019 (B1, B2, B3)
Mixed by Jason Kahn (A1, A2) and Ilia Belorukov (B1, B2, B3)
Mastered by Ilia Belorukov, Saint-Petersburg
Thanks to Pro Helvetia and Kurt Liedwart
Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery