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Decomposing Cities

by Dmitri Kourliandski



The album includes decomposed versions of three previously existed “Maps of Non-Existent Cities” (Paris, Saint Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod) and specially created composition for the album “Maps of Non-Existent Cities. Berlin”. This is the only “Map” in the cycle which has neither score nor specially composed material, it is a decomposed and extended version of the solo violin piece “prePositions” composed in 2008 in Berlin. Decompositions were made using “dekompozitor” software created by Dmitri Kourliandski (concept) and Oleg Makarov (realization). The program operates with sound files by deforming and restructuring them in time, length, speed, pitch and space. Thus the idea of a psychogeographic drift is reinterpreted here by computer.

Dmitri Kourliandski


released April 10, 2020

Mastered by: Ruslan Zaipold

Cover photo by: Dmitri Kourliandski

Maps of Non-Existent Cities. Berlin [decomposed and extended version of “prePositions” for violin solo]

Performed by:
Vladislav Pesin, violin

Recorded by:
Artemy Fadeev, “White Sound” Studio, 2013

Maps of Non-Existent Cities. Paris [decomposed]

Performed by:
Theo Nabicht, contrabass-clarinet
Sergej Tchirkov, accordion

Recorded by:
Theo Nabicht, Peter Avar, Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg RBB, 2014

Edited by:
Dmitri Kourliandski

Mixed by:
Sergey Krasin

Maps of Non-Existent Cities. Saint Petersburg [decomposed]

Performed by:
Vladislav Pesin, violin

Recorded by:
Alexander Mikhlin, Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, 2015

Edited, mixed by:
Alexander Mikhlin

Maps of Non-Existent Cities. Nizhny Novgorod [decomposed]

Performed by:
Aliya Kusepgalieva, small wind instruments
Sasha Elina, flute
Voloko Gorlinsky, clarinet
Gosha Rodin, french horn
Boris Lesnoy, guitar
Svetlana Selezneva, small guitar
Kirill Shirokov, gusli
Vasilisa Filatova, violin
Diana Kapizova, violin

Recorded by:
Alexander Mikhlin, Studio of the Ludmila Zykina State Academic Folk Ensemble “Russia”, 2017

Edited, mixed by:
Alexander Mikhlin


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