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Bohdan Mazurek - Sentinel Hypothesis

Release Date: XII 2010
Total Time: 73:30 / 54:59
2CD | 36 page booklet | digipack

1. Six Electronic Preludes 15:07
2. Bozzetti 5:04
3. From a Notebook 16:35
4. Canti 9:22
5. Sinfonia Rustica 9:45
6. Ballade 7:40
7. Pennsylvania Dream 9:37

1. Children's Dreams 9:01
2. Daisy Story 19:28
3. Reverie 9:37
4. Letter to Friends 10:08
5. Epitaph (1st version) 6:35

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Sentinel Hypothesis is a monograph 2xCD album by one of the most important figures of Polish Radio Experimental Studio. Bohdan Mazurek started working in the Studio in 1962 as a recording engineer but soon became its prominent composer, both of illustrative (film music) and autonomous music. His compositions are known for their solicitude for sound and extensive use of traditional instruments - not as neutral or random base for composition but rather as a material presupposing its limitations and ways of usage. The selection of compositions on the album are dated from 1967 to 1989 showing a wide spectrum of his interests from 'classical' electronic music to what would today be called field recordings. The CDs are accompanied by thorough analysis of the compositions by one of the most active researched of Studio's history, Boleslaw Blaszczyk, as well as comments of their author, Bohdan Mazurek.

Polish Radio Experimental Studio is the first official series of CD releases dedicated to the music produced in the legendary Studio. Established in 1957 by Józef Patkowski, it was among the first institutions of that kind in the world with only Paris, Cologne and Milano preceding the Warsaw one. Despite that, unlike their foreign colleagues who quickly became the most important figures of the XX century music, Polish composers working in the Studio are known only to a limited number of insiders. Yet, as Reinhold Friedl, leader of zeitkratzer points out, 'the pieces give the impression of an artistic approach which has never been as strict or ideologically restricted as German electronic music or French concrete music. It seems to me that none of the musicians connected with this studio have had the tendency to limit him/herself to 'electroacoustic music', rather they all have a natural and holistic approach to composing' [see: BR ES03]. This is why the releases give us opportunity to revisit our historical ideas of XX century music with a fresh and inspiring insight.

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