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"The Lunar Collection"
~ Lee Negin ~
an album review by resident critic Gianmaria Consiglio
With a glorious past behind him which saw him anticipate the arrival of new wave and post-punk, and after turning into something of a cult figure notwithstanding a lengthy silence, Lee Negin reappeared in the music world as an independent artist, and through his own record label ‘passingphasemusic’ he has self-produced an extraordinary quantity of material, all top quality and highly evocative. Negin, who can justly be defined as an across-the-board artist, having travelled practically all around the world, absorbing the influences of all the cultures he came across, has been living for the past five years in Seoul. Those who have been following him for a while and are familiar with his visionary, cosmopolitan and technodelic (electronic+psychodelic) world, are already familiar with the unexpected twists and turns that every new album reserves for its listeners. Even so, it is no easy task to keep up with his rapid evolution, especially as a certain length of time is required to fully absorb his multifaceted and three-dimensional music.
Lee Negin is an international composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and recording engineer. A prolific composer and videographer, he has released several videos and recordings in his career.
The music that Lee Negin composes today is primarily electronic and psychedelic and is based on a very wide concept of perception which has as its principle the idea of synesthesia. In fact, his sonic paintings are often conceived in correlation with equally visionary videos in which the three-dimensional nature of the images is a perfect counterweight to the three-dimensional nature of the music. In this way colours, shapes, and sounds all become part of a single powerful vibration. (Visit the IndieGuild CDstore for direct "buy" links.)
an interview with resident critic Gianmaria Consiglio
Often with music words are not useful, and, perhaps, to talk about music is even less useful, because to do so would be like trying to explain the end of a joke to someone who hasn't understood it. The logical/rational thought process just doesn't work in this case. So why write a review? Why interview an artist? Because the temptation, on the part of he who listens, he who observes and he who attempts to explain, is strong. And so we tried to have a chat with Lee Negin, an authentic "outsider", and currently one of the most interesting and inventive independent artists both from a musical and conceptual point of view. What emerged is the personality, the sane madness, the ironic sense of the absurd, the friendliness and the panache. We talked about Lee's latest album, Views from the Outer Rim, published on 19th September 2012, about the long and multifaceted trail which started at the end of the 70's and has made him the "total" musician that he is today, about the obtuse mechanisms of the record industry, about his own recording label, about his journeys around the world, about the extent to which the cultures he has experienced have influenced him, and above all about his future plans which hold in store both for himself and for his fans a prolific 2013 full of surprises.