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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Exposition (3:45)
2. Sample Ontology (4:27)
3. Lost Waltz (4:39)
4. Jumping Mode (6:14)
5. Sample Sample (1:50)
6. Daria (2:23)
7. Blue Laser Blues (4:03)
8. Atomic Force (2:22)
9. Siberian Academy (3:30)

Total Time 33:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Konstantin Mochalov / guitar, ?
- Anton Efimov / guitar, ?
- Daria Solovyeva / ?
- Alexey "Al Argus" / ?

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

This is the soundtrack to self-titled documentary where we present a situation in which scientists make music in the course of an experimental procedure, and directly in the lab.

Digital album (2017)

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Review by kev rowland
4 stars Disen Gage continue to be, at least for me, one of the most exciting bands coming out of Russia at the moment. They are determined to push the boundaries of music, and this is very much the case again with their 2017 release, 'Hybrid'. Here, the music itself has been created in a rather unusual manner, with this album actually being the soundtrack to a self-titled documentary where scientists make music in the course of an experimental procedure, and directly in the lab. Disen Gage feel that it requires from the participants a specific hybrid state of mind, and the result is hybridization of the two rather wide-apart aesthetics of art and science. The artwork is a QR code, which when scanned takes the listener/viewer to the documentary on YouTube.

This is Art Zoyd combined with Can, RIO and Krautrock being thrown together and then taken into new directions, eclectic in the extreme. But, there is also a New Age and Space Rock feel to proceedings, with a delicacy and other worldliness which is incredibly compelling and engaging. Disen Gage continue to make music that I find drawn to, even though I don't really have the words to describe it, with a strange music of electronics, guitar and bass. I find it completely enthralling, being taken on a journey in space and time, to a destination unknown. This release is currently available on their Bandcamp page for just $3 USD, and I urge anyone who wants to discover music at the cutting edge to discover more about the strange and unusual world of Disen Gage

Review by Neu!mann
3 stars The Moscow band Disen Gage entered a new phase of musical evolution with this year 2017 oddity, credited to the group in name but in truth more of a side-project by guitarist Konstantin Mochalov, joined here by Anton Efimov and Daria Solovyeva. Two of them are part-time musicians; all three are scientists at the Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering Physics, a branch of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhi).

The band now describes itself as a "musician association with a flexible participants crew". And the first recorded effort by the reduced ensemble is closer to R&D than to actual rock music, sounding very much like an extended improvisation by The Pink Floyd, circa 1967: drifting, untethered electric guitar drones, with Mochalov playing the (relatively) conventional notes and Efimov acting as the Interstellar Overdrive noisemaker.

In other words, the new album is a startling departure from the Eclectic Prog of previous Disen Gage albums. Initial listens didn't leave a strong impression: with little actual music to latch onto, the album can seem a trifle self-indulgent, and not in a good way. But subsequent replays are proving me wrong. These sinister ambient dioramas, so far removed from anyone's comfort zone (not least the nominal band itself) are like anti-matter twins of a Robert Fripp soundscape installation, trading the often symphonic beauty of the Crimson King's solo guitar mantras for a darker, more claustrophobic Russian aesthetic.

The album is divided into nine discrete tracks. But it's really a single, sustained performance, improvised by the guitar duo in the Moscow science lab where Ms. Solovyeva was at the same time calibrating "a novel design of a scanning probe microscope integrated with an ultramicrotome for serial block-face nanotomography" (quoting one of the academic papers about her research, and no: I don't understand a word of it either).

I only hope the MEPhi laboratory directors didn't catch them in the act. From the documentary evidence, accessible directly from the album's bar-code 'cover art', Mochalov and Efimov might be accused of goofing around with their electric guitars while Solovyeva did all the actual science. The experimental procedure, whatever its nanotomographic aims, looks very esoteric, and the soundtrack to the event is even more so. Despite the album's abbreviated length (barely 33-minutes), it can present a challenge to unwary listeners. But shouldn't that be the goal of all so-called progressive music?

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