Detali Zvuku festival at Kiev, Ukraine (2007)

In May 2007 Detali Zvuku festival combined forces with Unsound festival from Poland (http://unsound.pl), which happened to take place in a form of travelling event called Unsound On Tour Across Borders (moving around Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and Belarus), which brought in much more interesting live acts. Special thanks goes to Nexsound label, which organized the event and invited top-40.org team.

Railway station in Moscow

Train station


Train station.mp3

Crossing the border

Crossing the border


Crossing the border.mp3

Утренний Киев встретил нас чудесной, но буйно-переменчивой погодой, цветущими тополями, обилием зелени и свежести. Первый день был посвящен размещению в гостинице, долгой прогулке, фотографированию и полевым записям.

Railway station in Kiev


In the hotel






Hotel from the outside


Outside view


Nikita Tsymbal and Chris (organizer of Unsound)

In the hotel lobby


In the hotel lobby.mp3

Subway in Kiev

Subway in Kiev


Transfer to another line.mp3















On the beach of Dnepr




In the park



Dark location


Flashlight.mp3

Nice combination of colours...


In the tunnel

In the tunnel


In the tunnel.mp3



On the pier


Recording

Recording


Recording.mp3









Festival starts in the evening, and the first night took place in the club called Cinema. We enjoyed the laid-back and relaxing glitch-ambient set of Mapstation and David Szczesny, harsch techno-ambient primitivism of Aabzu duo, subtle and refined minimal techno of Pole and very jumpy, bouncy ecstatic techno set by Thomas Fehlmann.

Mapstation & David Szczesny




Aabzu


Thomas Fehlmann


Back at the hotel, around 5:00 am


Second part of the event took place in a very cozy hall at International Exhibition Centre. Very european style: people sitting wherever they want or even lying on the floor, non-smoking, listening carefully and enjoying great visuals. And they definitely were great, as in charge for most part of the night was Nikita Tsymbal with his unique live video show - all visuals were created in real-time, as two cameras captured his hands, manipulating needles and strings, scissors, pens on paper, fabric and other objects. Raw video stream was simultaneously processed in the computer, and the result was simply astonishing.

Probably the most notable musicians were Kapital Band 1 from Germany (the duo of drummer Martin Brandlmayr and Nicholas Bussmann with laptop, playing clicks'n'cuts on top of live drums); other German project Institut Für Feinmotorik - the performance consists of 8 turntables with all kinds of objects on them (scratched and mutilated CDs, papers, stickers, abrasive, ribbons, etc.), but not the records! This set was very spectacular, but a bit too monotonous and noisy - in 10 minutes you were wishing to leave the room immediately just to escape extremely loud and harsh noises.

Motor performed in the middle of the night. The show was intimate, quiet, subtle and atmospheric - the crowd noise and whispering talks of audience blending with the music produced a very calming effect and extraordinary relaxing state of mind.

The main room


Nikita Tsymbal live







Nole Plastique live


The journey was a definite success: nice spring weather, a lot of great music, a lot of walking around the wonderful city of Kiev. Huge thanks to all organizers and participants of the festival.


A few more photos and field recordings:

More recordings



On the streets of Kiev


House with Chimaeras




Maidan Nezalezhnosti


Khreshchatyk


Dnepr






All photos by Victor Victorov, Maria Kantor and top-40.org.
Field recordings by top-40.org