Bio

[Short version]

Electronic dance music played live in an ensemble setting. Techno, House and Dub styles intertwine through a continuous DJ-set-kind-of performance, played by a live band using guitars, drums and keyboards. Constant shifts between the natural and the artificial, organized and improvised, quiet and loud; all this you will hear during the mantric performance of Kozmodrum.

[Long Version]

We call it Organic Dance Music, but you can call it whatever you like. Music vocabulary, taken from electronic styles such as Techno, House and Dubstep fused with instrumental Post-Rock, Ambient and Minimalism is mixed and used to create new structures. At the same time, the tradition of jazz ensemble playing is seamed in to the architecture of the music itself.

Kozmodrum originated as a brainchild of Janko Novoselic who writes the music in studio, producing and mostly playing all the instruments. When performing live, Kozmodrum is a five-piece ensemble that adds a third dimension to the music Novoselic produces, and at the same time puts it in world that is musically very close to bands like Tycho, Jaga Jazzist and Elektro Guzzi. Since its inception, Kozmodrum has made numerous covers of electronic music tracks from artists such as UR, Kenny Larkin, Makoto, Planetary Assault Systems, Swayzak, J Dilla and others, delving deep into the styles and structure of real electronic music. The band performed live along with Jaga Jazzist, Floating Points, Sinkane and played festivals such as Electronic Beats, Obonjan Island, Zedno Uho and Gricevanje. Musicians in Kozmodrum are a serious bunch of professionals whose work spans a small encyclopedia of international music scene and it would need an extra page, but some personal career highlights would be playing with grandfather of ambient music Hans Joachim Roedelius, noise/art/sound figure Sunao Inami, over to the jazz masters Reggie Washington, Peter Erskine, David Liebman, Alan Broadbent, David Murray and Saskia Laroo.

The main influence of this group is electronic music, but the main tools to perform this music are instruments that are considered traditional in many ways; guitars, drums, keyboards. Using the analogy of DJ sets, the compositions are made to be played openly, where the beat is played in a loop until a cue is given to make a change or move to another part. The pieces are often minimalistic to start with, but evolve during the performance in to more complex patterns, harmonies and melodies.

Art Blakey famously said that music washes away the dust of everyday life. After all, this is the final mission of Kozmodrum – to make you stand up, dance and smile. Constant shifts between the natural and the artificial, organized and improvised, quiet and loud; all this you will hear during the mantric performance of Kozmodrum. From this planet we will go to a journey, together, where there is only one experience left, and it’s called – Kozmodrum.

[HR (CRO) version]

Novi stil na nekom još neoktrivenom horizontu klupske plesne glazbe, od milja nazvan
Organic Dance Music, je ono što svira sastav Kozmodrum. Strukture preuzete iz elektronskih stilova kao što su Techno, House, Jungle i Dubstep koriste se za stvaranje i
sviranje novih skladbi, a u isto vrijeme forma preuzeta iz duge tradicije jazz i fusion glazbe,
daje prostor glazbenicima ovog ansambla da ostvare neke sasvim nove spojeve.

Na tragu bendova kao što su Tycho, Jaga Jazzist i Elektro Guzzi, Kozmodrum korača već stvorenim platformama kako bi pronašao neka nova riješenja za izvođenje plesne klubske glazbe. Kompozicijski proces nerijetko obuhvaća i korištenje tehnika iz klasičnog minimalizma kojeg su utemeljili Steve Reich, Phillip Glass i Terry Riley a sa alternativne rock scene najveći utjecaji su bendovi poput Do Make Say Think, Tortoise i Jaga Jazzist.

Gavni utjecaj ovog benda je ipak klupska plesna elektronika. U ovom slučaju ovdje se ta glazba izvodi na najmanje mogući elektronski način, uz korištenje sasvim “tradicionalnih” instrumenata; bubnjevi, gitare, klavijature. Na taj način dobivena je
svježina koje često nedostaje u oba svijeta – onom elektronskom i onom bendovskom.

Janko Novoselić, poznat po radu u grupama Tobogan i TBF, piše i obrađuje glazbu za ovaj ansambl u kojem u zadnjoj fazi sjedi za bubnjevima gdje vodi glavnu ritmičnu riječ. U postavi su i Ivan Kapec i Elvis Penava na gitarama, Goran Delač na basu i Hrvoje Galler na klavijaturama, redom glazbenici poznati po svojem radu u vrlo različitim poljima i oblicima glazbe, pa je ova postava idealna za otkrivanje novih zvukova ali istovremeno ukorijenjena u tradiciju improvizacijske glazbe.

Tamo gdje završavaju mogućnosti tehnologije počinje povratak ljudskoj snazi koja iznova daje smisao toj istoj tehnologiji koju koristi. Spojevi između prirodnog i umjetnog, organiziranog i improviziranog, glasnog i tihog, mekog i tvrdog; sve ćete to doživjeti uz mantričnu svirku ansambla i čvrstu ritmičnu podlogu jednog od najstarijih instrumenata na našoj planeti. A upravo sa naše planete krenuti ćemo na put do novih kozmičkih prostranstva gdje ostaje samo jedan doživljaj – Kozmodrum.



Press

“Without a single word you will be speechless.”

Tin Đudajek, ziher.hr

“A perfect example of merging different, possibly incompatible styles in one ear-pleasing whole, forming one of the most beautiful releases this year.”

Bruno Mitrović, mixer.hr

“They have outdone themselves by recording an album that is very close to an aesthetic perfection and which has all the elemets I want to hear in this kind of music.”

Ivan Hozjan, perun.hr

“Just as you thought that it can’t go more beautiful that it already is, Kozmodrum stepped on the stage. I recommend that you remember this name.”

Marta Lučić, ziher.hr

“Amazingly pleasant mash of organic and lush instrumentals with the serious and energetic 4×4 rhythms characteristic of house and techno directions.”

Neven Prišuta, klubikon.hr

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