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Alexandra Atnif

Rhythmic Brutalism Vol. 1 2014-15

Alexandra Atnif
2XCD $17.25

03/31/2017

VOL. 1 


A limited edition double CD of the industrial/experimental / techno solo artist ALEXANDRA ATNIF. With 8 previous cassette releases, as well as a compilation LP appearance on Sweden's acclaimed Ideal Recordings (Idealism Vol.2), this double CD compiles over two hours of the earliest recorded material from 2014 and 2015. Limited to 250 hand-assembled/painted copies.  "Born & raised in Bucharest, Romania. Studied architecture & classical music. Relocated to Los Angeles in 2009. The main influence on my music and aesthetics is brutalist architecture. I've been fascinated with it for many years, including remembering many brutalist architectural sights growing up in the Eastern Bloc. The repressive, almost hypnotically bleak grey visuals of giant concrete buildings and structures inspired me to create a musical version of my architectural fascination and I thought of the term 'Rhythmic Brutalism' to describe my music. My personal approach and compositional style is rooted in 20th century classical composition as much as experimental techno, early industrial and noise music. My sound is purposely very stripped down and minimalistic but also harsh and heavy—like rhythmic skeletons with noise and distortion, intended as an aural representation of cement and metal. It's important to know that I record and produce everything DIY on cheap equipment and freeware. I don't have any expensive synthesizers or fancy vintage equipment. My approach is very minimalistic, genuinely experimental and largely improvisative. My sound is still developing as I only started to make beats three years ago, I'm still and forever a student of the music. I hope people find beauty in my sounds, just like I find beauty in brutalist architecture—regardless of how unfriendly it might seem at first—it is an acquired taste and takes an intellectual effort from the listener/observer."

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