Sinebag focusses on the combination of music and sound, which can be mostly charcterized by a warm analog ambience. The songs have a collage-like character, aiming at constructing fields rather than common song structures. Acoustic instruments (guitars, piano, voices, sounds) are used, as well as synthetic elements, which leads to a mixture of live recorded and compositional created passages. A central idea is to integrate field recordings – longer recordings as ambient backings or concrete sounds like those when cooking in a kitchen.
Sinebag is Alexander Schubert and lives in Leipzig, Germany.
The inspiration by everyday sounds and field-recorded ambiences isn’t limited to the use of these as instruments but influences the compositons as such. Sequences and rhythmic structures therefore build patterns inspired by the sound surrounding us all the time. This idea of creating fields is not bound to instruments or genres. They can be achieved by noise, experimental electronics or, as on the current release, by monotonous guitar patterns. Though the main focus lies on rather silent, discrete compositions, Sinebag additionally covers the field of avant-garde-sample-mountains too. The variety of approaches is illustrated by the collaborations with different musical projects ranging from folk over digital noise to free jazz.
The current release, "près de la lisière" (ahornfelder 2005) features mostly field recordings and quiet guitar compositions. These are accompanied by electric elements, mostly discribable as clicks and cuts, and by acoustic elemnts like organs and xylophones.
The previous release, "milchwolken in teein" was released on ahornfelder und pulsmusik. The main theme on this earlier release had been the use of free rhythm. The spectrum of sounds was a bit broader and more genres were integrated.
In a live situation Alexander Schubert persues the goal of playing as many components as possible – in contrast to relying on backing-tracks. This is achieved in thoughtfully structured live sets and and with the use of self-built instruments. Each concert has a unique compositional setup and set of instruments and is usually supported by guest musicians (electronics, piano, guitars, bass). In concerts the idea of combining noise with harmonic elements is a central part as well as the contrasts between minimalstic and complex passages. All in all, a concert establishes a most interesting soundscape ranging from field recordings, electronic noises, to guitar compositions, and differs in a positve way from the typical laptop artist, as the sound synthesis is visible and understandable to the viewer.
taken from www.sinebag.de
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