Contrast I & Vanishing [Reviews by Secret Thirteen]

Posted on Dec 11, 2011


photo by Bartłomiej Kuźniak

Cezary Gapik (also known as CEZAR) is a Polish performer of drone, abstract and experimental music. Affected of music creation in 1980 while being an animator of local punk rock bands, he studied the evolution of computer made music and right now he has released more than 30 individual works and assuredly stands among the Eastern European academic musicians. Cezary also participates in such bands as QG/GQ and Sub Spa where he expands his productivity and creativeness.


“Contrast I” is an LP album, released by White Box Records. Limited to 400 copies, this album had the first 100 copies on red vinyl. “Contrast I” consists of two contrasting compositions. In the first work #0473 [Tremor] power electronics intersects with drone above the glitched effects. Beginning with a static voltage noise and holding a tension for a while Cezary gradually transforms it into the sparkling ambience that covers the foundation of the whole work. It is a clever creation where the shifting sound trajectory is being accurately developed thus showing musician’s concentration into the process of music making. The second work #0458 [Drowsiness] is an eclectic experiment with ethereal sound textures. Imperceptibly evolving constant atmosphere with the fluid layers, he gives vibrancy for creation. After the emotionally balanced culmination, Cezary masterfully returns to the singularity of isolated sound. With a help of gentle resonance and esoteric inconstant, reversed melodies, the wholeness of this album injects the hallucination into listeners’ minds.

painting by Suse Kipp


“Vanishing” is an EP, released by Entropy Records, that consists of two lethargic compositions. The first work #0476 [Vanishing] is full of abstract ambient sounds which float into higher dimensional space. After monotonic blend into prolific wholeness, sublime sounding evokes cathedral feeling. By progressively absorbing sine curves, Cezary constructs synthetic sound plenitude. Subtle disharmonized rotational surroundings prove his musical maturity. The second work #0503 [Barrier] is full of micro processing intellectual experimental creation. The whole is filled with ingenuity – from clever looped ticks to whirling keen atmospheres. Suddenly appearing cosmic effects cause cinematographic sound visions and by exploring mesmerizing sounding variations Cezary creates something magnificent.

Cezary creates this skillfully shaped music with deformation of latent styles which leads to the visionary matrix of chaotic tones. He is an artist whose production needs to be explored and decoded.

painting by Patricia Oblack


Reviews by Justinas Mikulskis / Secret Thirteen | 11.12.2011

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