Entering a small space/A smell that you cannot place/Expansion and pressure/An uncertain step/Fleeting glance and a terror in your heart/A reflection collapses
Avbvrn returns to DECISIONS with Caldera, a 6 track release of “unmistakable” music hovering between classical piano, dance and process-driven abstraction. His signature recursive techniques are back in full force: percussion evolves over the course of a track through waves of resampling; melodies are pulverised into texture. Piano — the timbral and expressive qualities of which Avbvrn has “always really loved” — is reincorporated into the production of Caldera, lurking balefully in places (Harmony Revisited, A Small Stage) and stepping more clearly into focus elsewhere (Truncated, Limited Range). Avbvrn’s compositions are dramatic, jagged and haptic, engineered to “bring their own context and rules for engagement, to preserve their character and prevent them from being easily subsumed.”
A gripping acoustic environment of dense striations and smoother ambient counterpoints, Caldera is a rewarding new entry in Avbvrn’s singular catalogue. Artwork by Oriana Fenwick.
Avbvrn is a Frankfurt based composer, producer and DJ. Recent projects include the 5th volume of his acclaimed ‘Avbvrn Snacks’ bootleg series, soundtracking Frances Chiaverini’s performance “Open Carry/Concealed Carry” at the saasfee * pavilion, and his self-released EP ‘Embers’. Avbvrn also organises Nancy, a Frankfurt club night for left-of-centre club music.