Gintas K

44-minute audio cassette
numbered edition of 50

Side A

improvizas geras l perziuret2
geras visaic+3-1.5db

Side B

super duag perziuret max
nieko visai garseliai su padu+3db-1.3
nieko geras letas+5db

improvised summer-autumn 2011

It’s a bubbling charmer of hot mud. This Lithuanian stitcher has had his dark embroideries released by Cronica and Zeromoon to my knowledge, and now here he is with a full-length set of improvised pieces he made in 2011. In contrast to Ruez and his strict rules, Gintas K is just letting it all sprawl out over his workstation like so much electro-acoustic gruel being spoon-fed into the mouth of a recalcitrant infant. Very painterly, very intuitive, and achieving results that are like fragments of broken music being soldered and glued back together again. On this outing at least, Gintas K is driven to prove that he can push the machines around and win, injecting lengthy slabs of unpredictable noise with a vaguely aerated and gaseous vibe. The 18-minute piece on side A is especially noteworthy, like a melted cheese sandwich bubbling under the grill with its own built-in indigestion tablet for the comfort of the elderly diner. The B side contains somewhat more robotic and mechanical drones, every second of the inhuman surfaces studded with ornate décor and invention. Also some uncanny staccato effects and interpolations, redolent of Venusian plant life budding and spawning under the hot moons of another galaxy.

- Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector

On cassette we have solo music by Gintas K, which contains five pieces of his computer music. What I remembered from his older releases was something that was rather clean cut, not too dissimilar to the sound world of say Raster Noton, but here we have a rather more noisy mood going on. Some kind of sounds are let loose in the world of max/msp patches and go wild in there. But the opening track of side one takes with eighteen minutes way too much I think. The second piece is much nicer, more contemplative but also lasts only three minutes. Side two opens also with a longer track - thirteen minutes here - which is not as chaotic or noisy but also doesn't know how to convince me. Here again I have the impression that someone is testing a software patch. You could call it improvised music as well, but either way… Same I can say for the other two, shorter, pieces on this side. It's all in the world of computerized noise, and it's perhaps releases like this, the easiness of how this was made, which give cassettes a bad name. A medium for inferior music. I heard Gintas K do much, much better.

- Frans de Waard, Vital Wekly