LISTEN: homebuilt electronics from Jano Doe

It’s not secret that Spool’s Out ❤’s Genot Centre, and the illustrious tape imprint from Prague just keeps on giving the goods. At the end of a year featuring all manner of fringe electronics, visionary futurism, and gloopy digiscapes, Genot’s latest, co -released with fellow Praguers Meteorismo, is a red raw trip into home-built voltage-driven noises…

 

Jano Doe (aka Katarína Gatialová) assembles her own electronics to open up pathways into extreme frequencies and volumes. The sounds emanating from her blend of custom-built modules and vintage synths challenge the perceptions of the human ear, simultaneously bobbing along and screeching triumphantly. Check out Katarína and her gear (also – spot the gherkins):

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With that in mind, enjoy the exclusive first listen to Jana Doe’s new Genot tape, Duranzie, found above on this page. A first side of shorter explorations into discrete sonic extremes – such as the ear-piercing highs on ‘Stánky’ (stands) or the aural strobing of ‘Holubí dům’ (pigeonhouse) – finally gives way to a sidelong trip deep on side two. The 25-minute colossus ‘Balíček karet’ (house of cards) unfolds from a single tone into bursting follicles of firing out the deepest of tones right into the cosmos.

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According to Genot Centre, Jano Doe’s music is “defined by inversions, creating the notion that the instrument is controlling the instrumentalist and where the formally sonorous becomes a representation of electrical, physical phenomena even before it is sound.” Duranzie flies dangerously close to chaos throughout, but never stumbles into the icarian; Jano Doe’s precarious enclosed systems always managing to right themselves into “fragile equilibria”.

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Like always for Genot and crew, the limited edition of a mere 55 pro-dubbed tapes comes with stellar artwork. The beautiful design is courtesy of Dieter Durinck, photos by Václav Tvarůžka.

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