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«Born and educated in the Czech Republic, Petr Drkula has a fine sense of repetition in music. You can easily breathe everything that he had learned in those matters over the last few years with his most recent work, «2». Contemporary composers like Terry Riley («A Rainbow In Curved Air», «Poppy Nogood»), Steve Reich, Erik Satie or the cadence of Brian Eno are an evident influence in this work. Although not explicit, eastern European folk music has an important role in this record. It runs the map of the melodies you hear and builds the road for which any of the other references above can be identified.
Because of that, «2» is a two-piece study over the importance of traditional vs. contemporary composition in the fields of electronic folk. «Duality» and «Polarity» are like one piece facing a mirror effect. They evolve from one beat-up drone, nearly raw and childish, that is over-produced with fake and incomplete melodies that, at the end, form one that is singular and kindly beautiful. «Duality» is more simple toned, transparent and direct, an underwater symphony that through repetition rises above. But «Polarity» is quite the opposite. You can easily daydream throughout its almost thirty minutes without any motivation of moving. You just want to stay there and see what happens or what you can or can not think of. It’s a child’s toy for adults who seek fulfillment through relaxation. It may seem lazy, but it’s nothing like that. It’s all about the basic mechanics of repetition in music, the complexity of movement over movement, even if it sounds, primarily, always the same.
Petr Drkula does in «2» what has been explored in some fields of music over the last fifty years. And it’s so damn close to perfection that you’ll feel sorry if you miss it.» - André Santos

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01 • Duality .................................................................................... pt us
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02 • Polarity ................................................................................... pt us
[26'58'' • 37,0Mb • 192 Kbps]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt us
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  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
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Reviews:

«Czech composer Petr Drkula is clearly influenced by the minimalist compositions of Glass, Reich, and Riley. Like the three leading minimalists, Drkula is interested in the use of repeating motifs as they phase in and out of each other. However, Drkula manages to be fresh and interesting. Drkula’s repetitive phrases aren’t really repetition . Each one shows slight variations in its execution. Shifting parameters keep your attention while you are entranced by the changing soundscape. There are a number of free online albums by this artist, each one with its own charms.
(...) The album simply titled 2 has two gamelan influenced tracks that mirror Steven Reich’s own excursion into rhythm and melody. (...)
- Free Albums Galore / July 13, 2007

«Le Tchèque Petr Drkula présente deux pièces musicales et fait dans le minimal. Deux morceaux pour un album au titre sans équivoque, 2. Les boucles, assez rapides, deviennent lancinantes sur la longueur. Sur le premier extrait, Duality, aucun risque de se perdre. La mécanique est bien huilée, presque hyptnotique. Les cassures sont subtiles et quasiment imperceptibles. On attend que la machine s'emballe, qu'elle nous surprenne. Et puis, non... C'est un peu comme une grande étendue d'eau sans remous, avec quelques vaguelettes de temps à autre. Même tableau avec Polarity... Un petit mot concernant la pochette de l'album qui résume à elle-seule ce qu'est la musique de Petr Drkula!»
- LaFresto / March 25, 2007

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