About a year ago, I discovered the MOMA (Museum Of Microcassette Art) project, which definitely doesn't need an introduction, or does it? Now, I never listen first to what I buy. If the cover attracts me, or what is written about it (in this case by Hal), I just buy it. Most of the times, my feeling is correct and sometimes, well, I end up with crappy music (in general, I am not talking about MOMA).
One of the MOMA-recordings that didn't attract me at all was MOMA093, from HAR$, titled 'Sketches for String Quartet with Windows, Open'. But for some strange reason, I always got pulled back to reading about that recording, again and again, until I finally decided to give it a go. And I haven't regretted it at all! It quickly became one of my favorite MOMA-albums.
Another one of the MOMA-albums I kept postponing to buy is MOMA120, from Rinus van Alebeek, titled 'New Jerusalem'. There wasn't really a description of the record and the word 'Jerusalem' kinda scared me away also. But again, for some strange reason, I got pulled back again(maybe the orange cover) and I decided to buy it and once more... no regrets at all! It quickly became one of my favorite MOMA-albums.
Guess, what I want to tell about MOMA115? Yes, the one from Emmanuel Rébus, with no particular title... Indeed, the same story, no attraction at all... but I kept on going back until I finally decided to buy it and yes... It quickly became (and so on).
When something gets my attention, as the three previously mentioned albums did, I have the habit to learn/read more about the artists in question. And so, I found out that Harold Schellinx (HAR$), Rinus van Alebeek, Emmanuel Rébus and a fourth companion, Jean Bordé, make music together as DIKTAT and it is amazing! Mr. Bordé plays double bass and the three others play dictaphones! This is how Mr.Schellinx explains it himself: "If you would have the chance to hear Diktat play more often you will hear that the same voices and snippets of talking come back in a different setting." So, he doesn't see Diktat as a group that performs and performs, but as a piece of music that has different instantiations. Each time they perform, is a different instantiation of the piece DIKTAT.
If you think that I am finished with talking about Mr. Schellinx and companions... wrong! A while after my discovery of DIKTAT, I found out that he has this other thing going on, called 'unPublic'! He explains it himself as: "The only difference with a concert is, these are not concerts"... The first 'unPublic'-session they had was in Paris, on 18 October 2013. Again, the same names Jean Bordé (double bass, toy piano), Emmanuel Rébus (melodica, dictaphones), HAR$ (iPad/electronics, dictaphones) and joined by Doan Tri Minh (laptop/electronics, piano, toy piano) and Yoko Miura (toy piano, melodica, piano)... check it out! I love the concept and the music of course, judging by the unPublic Bandcamp account, I think I am their biggest fan (and almost only fan).
Here's what happens, they get together (France, Belgium, Switzerland, South Korea, ...) and they start playing/ improvising/jamming/recording, having their own little concert without a public, hence 'unPublic' and without rehearsals. Every 'unPublic' has other participants, the only returning artist on all sessions is HAR$. At the moment, I think there are 40 something albums available and I simply love every one of them. Other artists, appearing on these sessions are: Rinus van Alebeek, Anton Mobin, Jeff Kolar, Jeff Surak, ...
The point of my little story... not every story has to have a point!
You can read some more about HAR$:
unPublic Bandcamp site
Have a nice day.