the why album

by Jeff Gburek Projects

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about

so, why "the why album", indeed. the answer to all whys generally leading to a series of becauses one can infer or refer to many chains rattling in the wind. imagine you find yourself in berlin suddenly and ((something terrible happens which you'd rather now forget about)) and the scene has three types: the pretentious, the extremely pretentious and the extremely pretentious and malicious and it's all going nowhere: you are starved for inspiration and stimulus, you are heading for dark times, money is running out, you are alone in berlin, you are alone in berlin in the winter, you begin to live during the nights when the days are gray and faces frown in the downpours. there are the clubs. that works to distract you for a while but it begins to feel empty. at home you work on your music and you draw. you are making abstract sound art and your social problems leave you isolated and hungry. the miracle moment finally arrives: someone asks you at Karmanoia Theater to do a creative DJ set for the after-party of some performances and they, being theater people, really like the idea of something other than a person staring into the laptop. you invite two drummers, one from heavy metal background, another with funk chops and fond of mimicking drill and bass. you build as quickly as possible some music that magically enough permits you to dance while you are making it, alone. and then you take it onto the stage with the two drummers free to add their sounds into mix you are creating. it's exciting. people are dancing. beer is free. doves float in the azure air. one thought grazes the upturned nipple.

so now, maybe you know why "the why album". it worked well two times. the third to happen did happen but then the drummers couldn't do it. one had school to think about. another didn't feel like he was getting paid enough. you do the set alone and it doesn't quite have the same effect as with the drummers. to take the project to the next level you needed to have a rehearsal space where two drum sets could be utilized for practice sessions. that just didn't exist. but you are on some kind of roll with your sounds and you just keep making more pieces (in between working on the abstract sound art, such as Virtuous Circles that you can find here on my bandcamp site and Red Rose for the Sinking Ship which you will be able to find here soon). and you post your stuff on myspace and the counter of plays goes up. life seems good then to some degree. you find some virtual collaborators and continue that way, slowly changing. eventually you get to the point where you say okay, i am sick of programming the drum machines and sick of having to reload buggy programs. then you start playing the guitar again, holding it against your body, feeling it, liking the way that feels, you say good-bye to that strange calvinisn of the table-top guitar master who thinks playing the guitar against the body is a form of jacking off, you begin mastering the finger-picking technique you always were lazy about. there is a new girl in your life. and it's like that... a few years later you come to find files upon files of your forefather's mother's fruit in the basket. some of them seem like cute toys for children and no limbs are missing, no why to throw them out because of a because. some of them are condensed or compressed versions of the longer drawn out soundscapes you will continue to work on in the future. you put them here and hope it brings pleasure to others fitting your original becauses back to an infinite why possible out there in the eyes and ears.

Jeff Gburek
April, 2012
Poznań, Poland

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released April 12, 2012

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Jeff Gburek Projects Poland

guitarist, composer, improvisor, sound artist, prepared guitar, unprepared guitars, stones, found objects, phonography, electronics, digital manipulation.studied Javanese and Balinese gamelan music, developed as a percussionist studied the theories of Partch and Xenakis while working in the dance/theater/butoh project Djalma Primordial Science.STEIM residency and Darmstadt summer. ... more

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