Dani Joss' classic 2006 album. Received the international Qwartz award in the research and experimental category.
Shaper of Form is as much about language, concept, and storytelling, as it is about form, music, and image evocation. It exposes the intricate balance between the descriptive and the narrative, still and moving, unit and whole, while embracing the notions of gesture, mimesis, space, and observation. Joss has created a jigsaw with no singular solution, comprised of contradictions and juxtaposed sonorities that effectively abstract the notion of the form. Essentially computer music, Shaper of Form retains the lyricism of its conception while referring to ambient and traditional electroacoustic practices.
Artwork from the original digipack included as a pdf. Mastering was very slightly tweaked.
Argiris Zilos, Athinorama (record of the week): "The symphony by cancellation: Transcending even the otherwise schematic torsion of the inherently romantic Liquid Photography, the electro-thinker from Thessaloniki proceeds with a total breakdown of form, so that the environment no longer echoes like a superposition of cancelled lyrical expectations or post-industrialist noise residues but as a distorting mirror which, wherever you go, it observes you".
Makis Milatos, Athens Voice: "Dreamlike landscapes, shards of sounds that assemble and disintegrate, environmental sounds, an atmosphere of devoutness, mathematics, influences from Eno, the sound of the piano that dominates. As it seems, we have a lot to look forward to".
Cracked: "At times I think that 'shaper of form' is actually a riddle, one that is to be solved by figuring out various solutions on a meta-level and then combining and boiling them down to another level. Or maybe the allusion of a riddle is enough to open the mind and give it free space to think. Lots of free space. Nightly, dark space, because the non-interruption of daylight helps the mind to think even better. Falling asleep to 'shaper of form' will either give you enlightening visions or nightmares (or both at the same time)".
Paul Lloyd, Sideline: "His music is unrushed and uncluttered, telling its own story at its own pace but never quite explaining what the story is, almost as though it is left for you to fill in the blanks. 'Shaper of Form' could quite easily be the depiction of a day in the life of a person in the city, from travelling around to experiencing the various highs and lows of the day. This feeling is enhanced by a unique soundtrack style that has a narrative quality as if it is communicating a vision or message in its very composition. Generally keeping the tone very gentle and utilising plenty of space, there are occasional impassioned outbursts of aggression and alternately haunting moments".
Giorgos Galanis, atraktos.net: "Dani Joss might be experimenting with form, but primarily he challenges/invites the listener to experiment with different levels of listening".
released September 1, 2006
Piano – Lydia Abastado
Bassoon – Christos Pappas
Cello – Irene Khissa
Bowed Cymbals – Lazaros Pliambas
Drums – Theodore Hytiris
Percussion – Stathis P
Piano recorded by Martin Ekman
Recorded By, Arranged By, Mixed By, Mastered By – Dani Joss
Graphic Design – Altervision, Cover pic – Heinz Troll
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