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Sklotz_Kolgen – Silent Room

Author: Colin | Published: 4/1/09

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Artist: Skoltz Kolgen with various others including Akira Rabelais, Steve Roden, Ryoichi Kurokawa et al
Title: Silent Room
Label: Skoltz Kolgen
Year: 2007
Designer: design and photography Skoltz_Kolgen
Type of music: Ambient
Notes: Sincere thanks from me (if not my wallet!) to Isauro Gonzalez M for the heads up about this release as I’d not heard of it at all. It took more than two months to come by land from Canada in which time I almost gave up on it, but it finally arrived and I’m glad it did. The whole thing is beautifully designed and comprises a large book of images and texts, DVD (both NTSC and PAL formats) and two CDs. There are only a 1000 of these so if you’re tempted, don’t hesitate too long.

Here’s Lucinda Catchlove’s description of the project from the booklet:

The two sound projects, Apartment Music and Chamber Music, were conceived five years after the original concept for Silent Room. Created to accompany the DVD version of Silent Room, both are conceptual extensions of the original project that offer additional meditations upon intimacy, idiosyncracy, isolation, interior space, formal structure and informal fluidity. Both sound projects reach out to other artists for intimate material, whether it’s a fragment of music to be played with by Skoltz Kolgen or an invited artist’s interpretation of their own living room.


Comments

  1. this is pure beautiful….

    Comment by ADRI — January 25, 2009 @ 8:43 am
  2. Hi there Colin, I’m glad you finally got this beautiful arty box set and contribute with a piece in your great collection. I must say thank you again for this site, I got several awesome items because of it. Of course, my wallet doesn’t agree so much =). For all: this is a must have even if you are not familiar with ambient music.

    Comment by Isauro — January 28, 2009 @ 7:04 pm
  3. Hello Isauro, then we are equal! Silent Room is a great design and the project is an interesting one – many thanks for the heads up as I’d never heard of them before.

    Comment by me — January 28, 2009 @ 7:54 pm
  4. Hello,

    This is a great website!

    I wanted to comment about fancy packaging like this and some of the other releases featured on this website. In my opinion as a label curator, I wish other labels/designers would remember that the number one point of CD/DVD packaging is to house and PROTECT the disc. While so much time, effort and money goes into realizing this kind of project, it seems that protecting the disc is completely forgotten. This (sadly common) oversight becomes glaringly apparent when the item is shipped and the disc(s) arrive at their destination in damaged condition. For what one pays for an item like this, the issue is not one to be taken lightly. In the case of this particular release, using a hub on the underside of the box lid was in poor judgment because the extra DVD jostles off the hub and slides around and gets scratched (on the hub no less) during shipping. Same thing goes for the two CDs in the folder. Using two slits to hold the CDs is fanciful, but highly impractical because they too slide around inside the box during shipping. As such, my copy of the release arrived with all the discs loose inside the box and in scratched condition. So, my point is that no matter how fancy the packaging is, it fails on a fundamental level if it doesn’t do what it’s really supposed to do.

    Lecture over. ;o)

    Comment by and/OAR — March 29, 2009 @ 6:51 am
  5. We’re glad you like HF! Thank you. You make a good point about the primary reason for the packaging. My Skoltz Kolgen package took forever to arrive, I think it came overland, but I was lucky that the CDs arrived intact. The most (in)famous example of this problem are the Chain Reaction tins, see the comments for explanation.

    Comment by colin — March 30, 2009 @ 9:14 pm
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    Great site, followed it regularly since I stumbled across it somehow. Noting your recent comments following site improvements. I bought this on the strength of seeing it here. Other items have caused me to return to labels such as Dust to Digital, Ai etc. New introductions – thanks – include Celer and Dynamaphone. Sadly some of the things you feature are long gone. If nothing else it has increased my wants list.

    Have you seen the Napthaline album fron EZ3kial? More in the Snow Patrol realm of digital packaging in that the album features a CD ROM with various scenes allowing you to play with samples etc. The concept is all very Jules Verne/ Edwardian scientific instruments. Beautiful.
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    Comment by Andrew Collingridge — May 2, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
  7. Hello Andrew, thanks for letting me know, much appreciated and hope Hard Format’s not costing you too much money! Thanks for the EZ3kial heads up, will investigate further, it looks very steampunk.

    Comment by Colin — May 3, 2010 @ 7:03 pm
  8. Any hard copies of Silent Room left?

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