Remote Hologram

Remote Hologram is the new album by Razen – the duo of Kim Delcour and Brecht Ameel. Drawing on traditions of Old European music, deep-listening methods and raw sustained notes, they establish with this LP their status as the finest avant-deepdrone ensemble of Belgium.

KRAAK is proud to present the new double LP by Razen. After a split-lp with Sheldon Siegel and the debut-cd Rope House Temper (both on Kraak), a number of tapes and the album Reed Bombus LFO (Deep Distance), the duo retreated to various chapels and churches in the countryside around Brussels. They started exploring the practices of deep listening and acoustic research during a series of recording sessions. Using largely forgotten or ignored instruments such as shawm, church organ, Ondes Martenot, bombus and baroque flute, Razen forged and refined their sound into a form of contemporary minimalist classicism, albeit one that completely bastardises Early Music traditions.

Remote Hologram is a double album containing seven instrumental pieces, spread across four vinyl sides. Each of those takes the shape of an analogue and acoustic depth-charge into transcendental and ritualistic minimalism. The tracks take cues from Old European music and folk forms, historical avant-garde such as Ligeti or Penderecki, deep listening-grandmistresses Pauline Oliveros and Eliane Radigue, but equally from raw sustained-tone à la Pelt or Hermann Nitsch. One chapter of the album consists of three improvised tracks on which the Ondes Martenot, one of the oldest electronic instruments, takes center stage. A second chapter explores a hybrid of free improv and conceptual composition, using microtonalism as principal tool.

On Remote Hologram, Razen jolts the status quo within contemporary avant-garde composition out of a daydream and injects what has become a clinically dead genre with some much-needed urgency and emotional depth. Remote Hologram enforces the Here and Now, in search of an age-old, true musical experience.

2×LP / DL
Release Date: 15-11-2014
Artwork by Wouter Vanhaelemeesch
Design by Jeroen Wille
Limited edition of 300
Mastered by Rashad Becker

1. Holographic Riddance
2. Midnight Ribbon
3. Remote Hologram
4. Rust Constellations
5. Rust Constellation 2
6. Rust Constellation 4
7. Rust Constellation 11

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