Volodin, Alexander

Alexander Volodin - was born in family of architects in 1982. But at the choice of profession he has preferred music. He entered music school (classical guitar class) in 2000. Simultaneously he studied in “Termen Center”, Moscow recording studio for electroacoustic music. He became a laureate of “The Third All-Russian Competition of Young Composer - Crystal Tuning Fork” with composition “The Flower is Growing Up” in nomination “electronic music” in 2001. Since then he participated in different international competitions and festival. He also became a laureate of the “30th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Arts in Bourge” (France) with composition “The Music of My Memory” in 2003.
His first solo CD titled “Reflections of Time” was released on “Electroshock Records” label on the 10th of January 2004. Four compositions written during 2000-2002 are included to this particular CD. The main principle that can characterize style of this young composer is “quoting natures and surrounding world, the recalling events that had already happened in life, as dialogue of the man with his own past and future”.
Volodin, Alexander
Alexander Volodin - Reflections of Time

Artist: Alexander Volodin
P: 2004

Reflections of Time is his first album, and with the exception of guests on flute and violin, all the music is composed, arranged and performed by Volodin.

"The Flower Is Growing Up" opens the CD and is a sound-art collage piece that combines rushing ambient and thunderous waves, howling tonal swells, alien crowd chatter and a banquet of UFO fun. My favorite part is near the 7 minute mark when the multi-layered alien glom transitions to a heavenly organ grinder in a church choir performing in a carnival of the absurd side-show segment. Very cool. Tracks 2-4 comprise "Circles", another sound collage work that can be sometimes spacey, at times high volume aggressive, and absolutely brain crushing at others. But once again Volodin displays a penchant for bringing together seemingly disparate sound elements into a cooperative whole that is continually engaging and held my attention throughout. Clocking in at 30 minutes, "The Way To Star" is Reflections Of Time's epic track. It has a machine-like droning experimental sound collage feel that follows in the path of the rest of the album, introducing a non-stop parade of sounds and samples. But there are also some orchestrated parts that have an equally droning, but more ambient quality, and some lengthy segments of pure ambient drone, peppered with miscellaneous sound bits. Tracks 6-8 make up "The Music Of My Memory", which continues Volodin's now trademark sound-art style. I hear a use of voice samples that brings to mind the works of Mika Rintala and Hal McGee. But we've also got some of the harshest and highest volume moments of the set, my favorite part being when the music builds to a volcanic roar, only to descend abruptly into a folk acoustic stringed instrument pattern, but just as quickly shifting gears and soaring into cosmic space, accompanied by a children's melody. A very creative use of contrasts.

In terms of pure variety Volodin seems to be an endless source of ideas. But where he really succeeds is in the molding and melding of these bits and pieces into larger structural frameworks. Lots here for sound collage fans to enjoy.

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