MG V1 : ROBERT PIOTROWICZ "WHEN SNAKEBOY IS DYING"
The Boy and Animal Mass
Composed and recorded by Robert Piotrowicz in 2009, mixed in 2011.
All instruments: modular synthesizer, guitar, piano, vibraphone, software by Robert Piotrowicz.
Design and graphics: Robert Piotrowicz
Visual adviser: Igor Krenz
Mastering and cut: Rashad Becker / D&M Berlin
"When Snakeboy is Dying" is the first album of Robert Piotrowicz, in which he deploys a broad spectrum of instruments. Most of his previous published compositions were committed to creating a multilayered electronic sculpture built with analogue modular synthesizer. By performing on all instruments by himself and using a variety of composing methods, Piotrowicz created an album which strikes with internal integrity and organic complexity whilst leaving the recipient with an impression of listening to an ensemble.
In the sense of tonal reduction and assigned function of certain instruments, the score recalls the spirit of minimalism, however the density and dynamic of the narration remains in vivid contrast to such associations. The strength of Piotrowicz's work reveals itself in the complexity of events as well as the plethora of colours and the mobility of architecture in the overall sound picture. The instruments are placed in careful relations with each other, to build not only the horizontal tensions but the vertical ones as well. The beauty of microtonal constructions is amplified by strong impacts and vitality of electronics. While at first the records appears fragile, upon the further glance it is intense and dramatic.