Tibor Szemzo ‎- Snapshot From The Island LP

Tibor Szemzo ‎- Snapshot From The Island LP

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Format: vinyl LP
Label: Fodderbasis ‎- FOB064 (Hungary, 2020)
Edition: 500 copies on black vinyl
Genre: Experimental, Contemporary, Ambient, Tribal
Info & Description (from the original label info):
Hungarian “minimalist” instrumentalist/composer Tibor Szemző is considered a genius by many, although his accomplishments as an artist are sometimes overshadowed by the likes of superstars, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Snapshot From The Island was originally released by Leo Records in 1987 and now 33 years later the album gets the proper reissue on his own label.
Snapshot From The Island is a wonderful excursion into ambient-electronic-acoustic dreamscapes which could also be considered an offshoot of what many call the “minimalist movement” The title track, “Snapshot From The Island” is a 24-minute tone poem featuring Szemző performing on computer drums and flutes of various pitch. Here, Szemző provides a soft rhythmic undercurrent to balance the somewhat ethereal and delightfully hypnotic motif as he also electronically emulates bird and animal sounds which magnifies the mood or imagery of a far away “Island” paradise.
Szemző is a true artist, a painter with a fertile imagination, as he invites the listener into his introspective world of thoughts and dreams. Szemző’s lush, yet subtle flute work evokes a surreal landscape on ”Water-Wonder”. On this piece, Szemző pursues circular passages while also intelligently utilizing a dash of echo to enhance the aura of a magical or mystical place, which for all intents and purposes seems timeless or otherworldly. “Let’s Go Out And Dance” is a dream-laden piece, featuring Szemző’s “cosmic” flute performances atop a soft pulse and László Hortobágyi’s synthesizer backwashes which conveys a sense of fulfillment or perhaps a scenario of – peaceful celebration. Again, Szemző offers up more visions of paradisen, which could very well have been a subtitle to this beautiful recording. The overall organic nature of Tibor Szemző’s music makes it all seem so real or something that our imaginations can easily grasp. There are no hidden clues or underlying mysteries behind all of this as Szemző’s artistry speaks for itself. A museum piece for the ears.

Tibor Szemző – flutes, voice, drum computer, sound installation
László Hortobágyi – synth. on Let's go out and dance
The Birds of Comecon on Snapshot from the Island and Let's go out and dance

Sound installation: Revox G36 tube tape recorder & 4pcs of Orion AR612 Pacsirta tube radios

Snapshot from the Island recorded live on 22nd November, 1986 by László Hortobágyi at Gayan Utteyak Mandal, Budapest
Water-Wonder №2 recorded on 25th October, 1986 by László Hortobágyi
Let's go out and dance recorded December 1985 by László Hortobágyi

Mixed by László Hortobágyi and Tibor Szemző
Remastered by István Szelényi 2020