This is a video & music-project made as cooperation between the ensemble Problemes de Communication and the video-artist Thomas Bugaj. The release gives you three options: a beautiful handmade cover containing a DVD-disc, download of the music in all kinds of formats, or streaming the videos for free on vimeo. This is not a Ghost Flute & Dice-record but Mikkel Almholt has been a part of Problemes de Communication for more than a decade.
SEE & HEAR ALL THE VIDEOS ON VIMEO:
ABOUT THE BUGAJ SESSIONS
Mikkel Almholt and Thomas Bugaj met in 2012 at a show in Philadelphia where they both performed. In 2013 when Problèmes de Communication was looking for new video material to set to music it seemed obvious that we should contact Bugaj and he immediately gave us permission to use a selection of his videos. The project was premiered at the art cinema Øst for Paradis in Aarhus on the 28th of May 2013.
The basic tracks for this studio recording were done in June 2013. A few tracks were later dubbed and afterwards everything was mixed in May 2014.
All the videos are in themselves finished pieces and represent a wide selection - both in time and technique - of Bugajs works. The videos have only been modified a little to match the pacing of the music. The exception is Flag suite which actually consists of three Bugaj videos put together.
Thomas Bugaj is a visual artist living in Pittsburg working primarily with time-based media. He experiments with traditional photographic processes to express the transcendental and spiritual experience. Bugaj uses long-term time-lapse to reveal themes of growth, evolution, and impermanence. Focusing on the transformation of space, he attempts to promote the realization of beauty through patience and
PROBLEMES DE COMMUNICATION
Problèmes de Communication has been in existence since 2005. For the Bugaj Sessions Problèmes de Communication consisted of Ole Grøndahl Jørgensen (laptop), Thomas Wernberg (modular synthesizer) and Mikkel Almholt (piano and effects). On other occasions Problèmes de Communication has also included Kristian
Hverring (guitar and effects) and Trine Odsgaard Nielsen (vocals and effects).
Problèmes de Communication makes electroacoustic music for film and video. The premise for our work is that music and film are of equal importance so that both elements act as one united artistic statement. The music is not only underpinning the movie and the movie is not just a backdrop for a musical performance. Music and images have a profound effect on each other and we try to tap into this effect and let
it guide our music.
The cover was designed and made by Connie Munch. Using bookbinding techniques for the cover itself and silkscreen print for both inner and outer graphics, everything is made by hand. This is an edition of 50.