FSST033 | Year: 2011
Number of tracks: 15
Total time: 56:22
Igra is a Russian word which is intriguing by its multiple meanings. This word can be translated as game in a general sense. It also means play. Moreover it describes a process, pointing at playing, gaming, acting, and even gambling. In accordance with these definitions Scaly Whale prepared a set of various situations and states that offer us to recollect some feelings and moods from our childhood, a time when playing was the main type of activity. Lets get back to childish infantility, simplicity and lightness. Lets find our favorite games and toys.
Each track on this album is an impression from the music I listened, from people I met, from places I visited”, Scaly Whale says. “I would like all the listeners not only to hear a tapping of drum machines and sounds of synthesizers but also to see fragments of me and parts of themselves. I’m not composing serious music. Conversely, I’m trying to make it childishly simple in order to help any person, no matter who he is and what he does to find his own cosmos and to take over it.
This collection of fifteen tunes represents a period of Scaly Whales creative work from 2004 to 2011, as well as locations where these tunes were composed: Perm, St. Petersburg, Passau, Regensburg, and the authors parents cozy country house. Several fellow musicians were involved in working on this album, they enriched some of the tracks with additional sounds, effects and instrumental lines.
I’m glad that Igra gave me an invaluable collaborative experience. Usually I prefer to create music only by myself and keep total control, but in this case I definitely succeeded in sharing my music world with my friends and giving them a certain creative freedom. It is like to let somebody add some spices into your sauce: you have to trust this person because eventually there’s only you who is responsible for the quality of the prepared meal.
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