C – Muzica urechilor ascunse (RO)
"Cunoscând şi albumele anterioare, pot spune despre cel de faţă că este un nou tărâm descoperit de autor, a cărui peisaje ne sunt împărtăşite prin sunet. O muzică a urechilor ascunse pe care o auzim numai atunci când glasul ce ne înconjoară, tace."
C - Hidden music to ears (EN)
“Aware of his previous albums, I can say that the present release is a new territory discovered by the author, of landscapes that are shared through sound. A hidden music to ears that we hear only when the voice that surrounds us, is silent.”
"First of all, this cassette is not a joke at all. It contains some of the best recorded and produced samples of the various musical instruments characteristic for eastern Europe. Alexandru Hegyesi knew all the potential of all of these instruments while he performed and recorded them at different locations such as Berlin, Timisoara,, Rittberg, Weidenthal, Ciarda & Cârțisoara in a three years long time span. The result is ”C”, very impressive cassette release which is packed with atmospheric, etno, musique concrete, field recording sessions. Alexandru knows how to deal with production as well, mixing, postproduction and mastering, so he used DDA tehnique for this release and the sound quality can pair to some worldwide known music releases. The complete release sounds very mystic, ancient, natural, something similiar to the soundtracks for experimental art movies recorded somewhere in a misty forests of eastern Europe. Wide spectrum of instruments used on this recording and clever usage of the effects are the main reason for that kind of atmosphere and they will give you the chills down the spine when you press play on your tape player. I am pretty sure that you will ask for more and press repeat once again after the first listen." (Djordje Miladinovic - Dead Frequencies) deadfrequencies.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/shanyio-c/
"What mysterious sounds emanate from behind the Romanian border? As I sit in my office chair – actually, more like shivering in the corner with terror, trying to avoid lapsing into a black-magic-induced coma – I’m overcome with the weird sensation that the definitions in my brain of “Romania” and “music” should be fully disassembled and reevaluated. For one, there’s that whole gypsy thing that I probably should get past (damn you Beirut and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes!). For two, there’s that whole Bram Stoker’s Dracula thing I should get past (Transylvania, of course, being a part of Romania), but I’m never not going to be glad I read that book, because that book is way too awesome to avoid (I strongly recommend it, you guys). Shanyio, Alexandru Hegyesi and a couple friends here and there, does his (pretty much) electroacoustic thing, fixing field recordings over, essentially, bowed anything (cymbalom, dulcimer, psaltery) along with other types of instrumental ephemera such as recorder, gusla, glockenspiel, piano, distorted bass guitar, etc. What the hell is a “gusla”? Beats me. Turns out Hegyesi has quite a discography under his belt, but if C is your introduction to his work, you’re in good hands. The album is called C because the central gimmick is that each track’s title begins with the letter “C,” from “Curgător” to “Coda,” although most of the titles are in Romanian. Doesn’t really matter, though, as the surprise and shock that this isn’t a gypsy recording is enough to pulverize your central focus, although that wears off quickly enough. And thank god it does, because C is packed with compositions designed to hold your attention as they almost all uniformly creep up your spine and into your brain stem, all after passing through your ear canals of course. I’ve never been so terrified by the quacking of a duck, for instance, as I was upon hearing it in the middle of “Ciarda”! And follow that with the wailing-across-the-moor of “Cotzofana”?! Shanyio, what are you trying to do, freak us out until we succumb? Well it’s working. Are you trying to redefine the definition of music as it comes from your country? Well, that’s working too. I’m pretty much in your debt, in fact, that I don’t have to turn to DeVotchKa anymore when I want to point to “that sound,” however Americanized it may be. You’ve got the historical revision covered. (And I guess I like DeVotchKa OK.)"
Ryan Masteller cassettegods.blogspot.ro/2017/03/shanyio-c-hiss-and-groove.html?m=1
released December 3, 2016
Călin Torsan - river stones (1), clarinet (7)
Bubu - flute synth (4)
Alexandru Hegyesi - field recordings, cymbalom (prepared, bowed, plucked & distorted), recorder, dulcimer (bowed & distorted), gusla, kettle, wine bottle, glockenspiel, toy piano, distorted bass guitar, bowed psaltery, fx, mixing, no electric guitar been played/recorded.
Emil Kindlein - graphics & mastering
Tim von Hag - production
recorded in Berlin, Timișoara / Temeswar, Tormac / Rittberg
Brebu Nou / Weidenthal, Ciarda, Cârțisoara.
Free mp3 download at www.hissandgroove.com