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The Painter’s Approach of a noend of mine’s “Viridian”


Many will hear and acknowledge the folk presence in Green Sketches, a noend of mine‘s (Kauan, Vin de Mia Trix) soundtrack to an art installation at the IZONE Creative Community in Kyiv, Ukraine, and, though that is true, the music held within these four compositions have a much more “classical” inclination. Well, not Classical, per se — the technical definition is Impressionism. Held within these delicate guitar and piano duets are echoes of Impressionist-era stalwarts Debussy and Liszt’s delicate lyricism and vivid sound painting. Vynogradoff’s much more modern take on this style is cinematic, motorik, much like the individual frames of the music’s accompanying film work. This repetitive motion is lulling and hypnotic, almost dizzying, but comforting. The accompanying video is impressionism set to film: colors dance and melt into each other, and places are abstracted into color palettes. It takes you to another place.

Green Sketches was presented on May 31, 2017, at the IZONE Creative Community in Kyiv, as part of the Art Wednesday project by IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives. Watch the audio and visual elements of “Viridian” below.

From the band:

Green Sketches are an instrumental extension of a noend of mine’s début album The Serenity’s Eve and its fictional Park topography. The EP explores a quieter, more minimalist and meditative side of anom.

The four tracks refer to four corners of the Park, although its boundaries are never fully defined. Each track is performed with two instruments only and consists of two equal parts, with acoustic guitar playing exactly the same melody twice. Each piece can be looped ad infinitum – a hint at the labyrinthine nature of the Park: even as you reach what seems to be its edge, you are trapped in a ceaseless repetition, a process without end. Every path leads nowhere.

To add another dimension to the extended universe of the Park, anom collaborated with the artist Oleksandr Manukians who created four interactive installations setting the Green Sketches in motion. The installations are based on old animation techniques such as zoetrope and phenakistiscope, where simple moving patterns are being looped by turning a wheel. Rather than picturing easily identifiable objects, Oleksandr Manukians chose abstract photos of vague green shapes, underlining the unfinished, unspeakable nature of the sketches. In the headphones connected to each installation, the respective tracks played in loops endlessly… or at least as long as the battery could afford.

Green Sketches was presented on May 31, 2017, at the IZONE Creative Community in Kyiv, as part of the Art Wednesday project by IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives.

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