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Music For Films Edited By Moths
SHIMMY-2003 / Release Date: August 26, 2022
"What i have come to embrace is the working notion that there is no Past, and no Future. There is only a constantly evolving series of microscopic moments that constitute the miraculous Present. As fertile as it is and always has been, for me, Memory is a chimera. So if you asked me what it is exactly that i am trying to do now, with Music, be it through song, or through ambience, i would confess that what i'm doing couldn't be more simple; i am just trying to explain myself. I'm trying to show you who i am."
- Kramer, May 2022
In the ten compositions that comprise this new LP, mournful at times yet mysteriously life-affirming and generous in their scope, Kramer sees films where there are none, and composes his accompanying ambient soundtracks in a state of interrupted grace. Words, text, complete screenplays, character arcs, shooting scripts and storyboards swirl through his head as he puts his imagery to sound, and the results evoke a world in which moth s, drawn to the bright flickering lights of Cinema and the low humming lights of Dreams, in Kramer's own words, "...might never die".
Though often evocative of dreams, there is nothing even remotely somnambulant about this new work. It bears witness to a frenetic intelligence that asks for the listener's full and waking participation. Intensely passive yet electrically charged, the music comes before the film, as the film becomes the music.
The LP's nature reveals an interior dialogue between musician and choice. Each piece represents Kramer's encounter with the blank canvas of silence that greets him as a composer. Embracing sounds as objects and instruments of Truth, the end result of his process is as much about what is absent and what has been removed or edited away than what is left in its wake as artifacts of emotion. These pieces are the Spring frost of lost imaginings, vanitas to broken connections, visions nearly unrecordable by the human eye. Kramer envisions a music that functions to stop time, as an event that always plays in the present and never needs a past to give it a reference point. It is music that communicates in the most intimate way possible, as intricately and as deeply as the way it blossoms and shifts and evades categorization when exposed to thin air.
Drawn toward the light of a multitude of influences, we hear echoes of the feverishly frozen dreams of composers Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Brian Eno and Arvo Part, melting alongside the surreal cinemas of David Lynch and The Brothers Quay, all parts converging to evoke a time and place that does not exist outside of the mind's eye of the listener. These ten works are fluid adventures in fathomless landscapes, emotions distilled and offered as a painterless canvas without a physical home. Each individual composition is an offering to a future memory, a chalice to be filled with the listener's own reactions to them. As a whole, the ten pieces form an image of ten circling planets in an expanding galaxy that colors itself anew with each subsequent listen. Movement, grace, and Peace.
After making much of his career within the practically anonymous labors of an independent record producer - one that embroiders the labors of others to be seen in their finest light, without shedding originality for a brand or to be enhanced with jarring, trend-setting effects recycled for commerce and profits - Kramer's collaborations strive to give a purer vision to Art and a confidence in wandering without boundaries through each artist's ever-evolving intuitive processes. He regards the undiscovered oceans of creative possibilities without judgements or fears. For him, the act of making Art is the act of fearing nothing.
Composing these works for films that do not exist, Kramer collaborates on the video art for this project with Dutch Multi-Media artist Tinca Veerman, who crafts a uniquely idiosyncratic and profoundly sensual visual world for Kramer's visceral imagination. Veerman's stunning creations for the human eye are a perfect compliment for Kramer's audio love letters for the human soul.
As a solo artist, Kramer has always worked with his own unique vocabulary. He is a sound-poet; a restless interpreter of his own imagination and emotions using the experience of his works to invite stillness, openness, Truth, and a selfless surrender to the infinite possibilities that manifest themselves by the simple yet sometimes radical act of Listening.
1 - Like the Planets Love the Sun
2 - Bukowski on the Beach
3 - Stars Will Die Tonight
4 - Nothing is Ever Lost
5 - Requiem for Max
6 - Burial at Sea
7 - Ladder to the Moon
8 - All the Momentary Moths
9 - Dreams We Never Dreamed
10 - Or Perhaps You Imagined It All
All Visual Art © Joshua White & Gary Panter’s Light Show
- liquid artist Curtis Godino
LP Design by Kramer & Ryan Hover
All Sounds & Instruments (acoustic, electric and sampled)
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Kramer
at Noise Miami, Summer 2020
Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing.
It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis,
that we get at the real meaning of things.
- Georgia O’Keeffe, 1922
Cinema begins in the mind, and mine was filled with scorpions when i created
these ten homeless soundtracks for films that do not exist outside of my mind.
Cinema for the ears, from the ears.
If you stare at something long enough, it makes music.
See for yourself.
Stare hard and deep into the black hole on the front cover of this LP, my Love,
and tell me what You hear.
These are the strangest of times. It breaks my heart,
despite it having already been broken.
Yes, this music is for You.
Night doesn't Fall. It Rises.
‘Music for Films Edited by Moths’ video series by Tinca Veerman
The new album by Kramer, ‘Music for Films Edited by Moths’, will be accompanied by a series of 10 videos made by Dutch multi-media artist Tinca Veerman. Veerman’s organic visuals seem to embody the atmospheric compositions of Kramer: an interplay of scintillating circles (Like the Planets Love the Sun), the grasping motions of seaweed in shallow water (Burial at Sea), and dreamily shifting clouds under a solitary man-made star (Stars Will Die Tonight).
Tinca Veerman is a restless artist. She looks at the world around her and cannot help but see abstract shapes. She is not interested in making realistic renderings, but in isolating parts and movements of objects and natural elements, so they become abstract and multi- interpretable. Veerman works intuitively, waiting for the right moment to ‘dive in’, to cut, edit, paste, or draw to reveal, in her own words, ‘the shape I feel should be there’. In her collages (ranging from large-scale and thickly layered to small and delicate), videos, and sculptural fabric pieces, she explores various ways of abstrahizing; departing from a deeply personal space to transcend it. Repetition is not her thing.
Music is another source of inspiration for Veerman. The physical sensation of music – a fuzz pedal turning on, a climax on stage – she sees in shapes and colors. So, the collaboration with Kramer comes naturally to her. Fascinated by the possibilities of interpretation and the interplay between the personal and the universal, she set to the intriguing task of visualizing Kramer’s soundtracks for films that exist solely in his imagination. With Kramer’s music in mind, she began shooting footage of natural elements or places void of people. Once she identifies a ‘shape’ that fits a particular song, she moves it beyond the recognizable, creating a compelling ‘visual soundscape’. A flame to attract us moths.