ELECTROSHOCK RECORDS Friday, March 23, 2001
Recently in the UK all that we have heard is negative
reports of the nasty people that one can meet on the
Internet. Well let me tell you about a really good person
that I have met. He is Russian, thirty-five years old, and
produces the most amazing music. His name is Artemiy
Artemiev (try saying that after a few drinks!)
Artemiy is a composer whose style encompasses electronic,
electroacoustic and experimental music.
Artemiy's career in music first started in 1987 when he played
keyboards for various Moscow rock groups. But after a couple of
years he quit rock music to experiment with sound, synthesisers,
samplers and computers.
Why the drastic change? Well look no further than his father Edward,
who has been credited as being the pioneer of electronic music in
Russia. Edward has composed various works of chamber music, but
he made his name for his work in cinematography and obviously
passed on his knowledge and experience to his son.
To date Artemiy has composed the scores for more than fifty Russian
films as well as five documentaries, three theatre plays, two soap
operas, a radio play and loads of TV programs. And here was me
thinking that he was a new kid on the block!
Recently Artemiy sent me virtually the whole catalogue from his
record label Electroshock records and what a refreshing change this
music is! It is hard to describe, some say it is new age, others say
modern classical, but everyone who I have played the music to has
been very impressed and have described it as wonderful. However the
music is described, it is very forward thinking and extremely
relaxing. "Good chilling music" is how a certain bass player described
it, how right he is!
The bass player concerned is Ian McDonald of Elektrum. I recently
sent him a copy of Artemiy's "Space Icon" which features Peter
Frohmader on guitar. The title track of the album is a little similar to
the work of Elektrum; the group were wowed by the CD and sent a
copy of their own work to Artemiy. Artemiy was knocked out with
Elektrum's CD and enquired about a collaboration with them, of course
At present Artimey is laying down various tracks on DAT, which he is
going to send to the group before he departs to present his music to the
Dutch in Amsterdam in April. Elektrum will add there work to it send
it back to Russia, where Artemiy will mix the two styles then present it
Everyone who has listened to the music of Artemiy Artemiev has been
greatly impressed, I suggest that you take a look for yourself by visiting
LIST OF EQUIPMENT USED BY ARTEMIY ARTEMIEV
Computer: - Pentium 600 MHz, 128 RAM.
Sound card: - Sonorus "STUDI-O".
MIDI interface: - Voyetra "V24SM".
MIDI patch bay: - Ensoniq "KMX-8".
Software: - Steinberg Cubase Score VST-Ver. 5.0; Steinberg WaveLab -Ver. 3.02.
Synchronizers: - JLCooper Electronics "DataSYNC2"; Alesis "AI-2".
Roland "JD-800"; Roland "XP-50"; Roland "MC-202".
Alesis "Quadrasynth". Ensoniq "SQ-80".
Clavia "Nord Modular".
Sampler: - Ensoniq "EPS" with 4x memory expander & 8-output expander.
Rhythm machines: - Roland "R-8"; Korg "DDM-220".
Microphones: - Shure "BETA 58".
Alesis "Midiverb"; Alesis "Midifex"; Yamaha REV-7;
Yamaha REV-500; Yamaha SPX-990 & Yamaha SPX-90II;
Digitech "DSP 16"; Ensoniq "DP/4".
Equalizer: - Studiotone 32x2 professional studio equalizer.
Mixer desk: - Yamaha RM 2408.
Monitors: - Alesis "Monitor One".
Alesis ADAT (2 units);
Fostex D-5 digital master recorder (DAT);
Casio DAT DA R-100; Pioneer Compact Disk Recorder PDR-509.
AKAI ME 25S midi programmable note separator;
Fostex Compressor-Limiter 3070;
Roland SBX-10 (sync box/converter).
If you wish to know more about Elecroshock music or Artemiy Artemiev
contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trevor Knightsmith ("The Chicago Music Network")