Anton Maskeliade - Crown

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Anton Maskeliade from Moscow has been attracting serious press coverage for a couple of years now. In one of the more recent interviews - for Colta - he outlined some formal aspects of his craft, albeit in rather abstract terms. "I consider my compositions to be like audiobooks, though they start with [wordless] emotions that are expressed through melody or rhythm... My lyrical texts can be equally varied. Everything happens in a fluid manner, in other words spontaneously. I never begin with a fully formed conception of a song. Yet that can cause problems; I often have no idea of where I should stop."

This advocacy of impetuous craftwork becomes louder as time goes on. Maskeliade reminds his audiences that abstract painting, for example, leads visual artists to surrender their conscious thought processes. Champions of abstractionism can advance their expressive potential through voluntary loss, as it were.

There's much to be gained, says Maskeliade, from becoming an "observer of your own imagination, depicted [on a canvas]." He even establishes some bullet points or guidelines en route to unconscious praxis. "I'd like to propose three rules for musicians to follow. Do what you like; don't listen to anybody; never be afraid."



from FFM Festival Compilation 2016, released October 29, 2016



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