Misel Quitno: Seams of the Days / Part One (RPL003)

Quitno returns from his 10-year break with a minimalist 66-minute document squeezed from of a small machine.

Available here: Misel Quitno | Seams of the Days part 1


Misel, who hasn’t made a record since the 2007 album «Sleep over Pieces», is a friend of Dimitri Grimm who meets Quitno about every two years, despite and because of their on-going quarrels based on jealousy and rivalry. Meetings are always initiated by Misel, out of the blue and usually under some ridiculous pretext, i.e.: «Cat has lost all its hair after looking me in the eye. Felt deeply satisfied and scared. Cat needs new fur – can you help me? M.»

Unlike Sleep Over Pieces, Die Nähte der Tage was created on a single piece of music machinery, a synthesizer made to be programmed with / play back patterns. Misel likes the sound of synthesizers, but he doesn’t own any. Except for a little, blue box he won for cheap around the time. Happily he decided he really had to use it, and use nothing else for a couple of months.

The outcome is a 66 minute long, contorted, evolving machine music continuum comprised of 128 sometimes more, sometimes less abruptly changing sequences. Arpeggios, chords, signals and textures, steadily flowing through an ominous, wafting, responsive space. Through darkness and light and everything inbetween, drenching the room in a different mood every 8 measures. If these recordings had to be about anything but the effect of the sounds themselves and what they are – a deepest space exploration of sequenced Synthesizer music – they might aswell work as a comment on circles, cycles, repetition and the passage of time. If you look at the nearest clock, you’ll notice that the second hand is always in sync with this music.