Arkady Marto – Composer, Electronics
The history of Russian electronic scene is a real pride in the modern music culture. Russian music has developed in its
own unique way as it is connected to ancient Vedanta roots and has a lot of folk traditions.
And I believe, that intelligent electronic music could have been the real panacea for anyone if we could get its real
purpose. That means that the music is more important than any business we might have, as it is just a purifying pleasure
It is the only way for freedom of your soul, for example the most spiritual up to date ambient music, have more inside
than anyone can imagine. And the people, who are creating ambient are the real keepers of different knowledge and experience.
EJECT PROJECT is a brilliant example of the mentioned. Analogue air-like ambient , sometimes almost psycho acoustic,
sometimes like classic electronic advance-guard. There is little sense to compare this music with any eastern or western
name as it is the thing of its own. Arkady Marto used to play in Edward Artemiev' s THE
WARM OF THE EARTH BAND (1986-88) now has released the second solo effort »Unreal time CD« (citadel records
This release is a real example of space minimalism symphony with a lot of hand-made details and original sounding, that makes you feel its antique groove. In the time of hyper speeds this sounds like a dream. If you listen to this CD somewhere in a calm lonely situation than it will help you to transform all the disturbing processes within your heart, spirit and the body. It will cure you of the urban noise addiction-that kills your will to live and not to exist! And of course, this is not lounge or new age. I can compare EJECT PROJECT just with a beam of light, without which the 21 century is just a parody for the 20th.
Arkady is also known by creating and collaborating with many interesting music projects, such as: NIMB (100% analogue
experiment with NIkk Nebogatov, made by means great variety of soviet synths); 2 AVACADOS (more relaxed studio
electro-acoustic ambient), MOSCOW GROOVES INSTITUTE (famous Moscow club, trip hop and groovy dance music ,composed with
Boris Nazarov) etc.
In any of these projects Arkady's hand is clearly seen! For example in M.G.I's »Surround Wednesday« 1997 his exotic melodies, together with the breakbeat rhythms give a shamanic feeling, very special trance personal flight! »Neiro« is a especially authentic NIMB's album. I call it Zen electrominimalism, as its sounds are really hypnotizing and cool. 2 AVACADOS (made together with Gunss Hollman) – a decent evening cocktail with reserved melodies but really astonishing production technology.
Sounds-prayers of Yuri Orlov's Bashnya Mechtaniy project 2001, also made with the help of Arkady. It's a pity that
this project has not been released yet!
»Unreal time« is a valuable experiment with the pieces of grand piano without using multitracks. The soundscapes
of meditative noise transform into the dissolution in harmonies, sounds and echoes. This album was recorded for
a week and got its real place in European charts.
But before was another very good and magic "real time"-CD (recorded in 1993-97 at Mixart studio in Moscow). Then different technology was used (Kurzweil 2000, Yamaha SY 77, E-Mu Morpheus, tapes) to produce a very clear ambient sound with lots of concrete noises and cloudless mood that touches you from the first air-like chords.
In the end I'd like to state that EJECT PROJECT has everything that gives you a feel of the best in the Russian electronic wave, I mean 90's. This name is a good present for everyone who meditate, trip or practice any spiritual way of living. In addition to all can depict now, I should aware of the upcoming third album which I hope will resonance with the lovers of intelligent and psychedelic Russian electronic sound.
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