Kedr Livanskiy will be playing at The Pickle Factory on the 19th September!
“Synthesizers help me maximally feel the present moment,” says Kedr Livanskiy, real name Yana Kedrina. Her debut album, ‘Ariadna’, marks a change in recording approach: her critically acclaimed breakout EP ‘January Sun’ was written and recorded completely in Ableton, while ‘Ariadna’ was written using the Roland SH-101, Roland Juno 106 and Korg Minilogue synthesizers, then mixed down in Ableton. According to Kedr, “This way, one gets into a flow of live interaction, here and now, with the instrument.”
To her, this interaction is more “raw and sacred” than actually mixing the track down, which seems like “mere formalism” in comparison. There is a definite leap in production values this time around, but Kedr manages to keep true to her sound despite the greater polish and depth.
She expresses a desire to experiment with different styles of songs and to depart from the dance format all together with the tracks “Mermaid” and “Sad One”. Though of course, most of “Ariadna” came out in a dance vein anyway.
Her inspiration for this record comes from the Izhevsk (sometimes referred to as “the capital of Russian electronic music”) sound of the 80s, including groups like Stuk Bambuka V XI Chasov (Bamboo Crash at 11AM) and Samtsy Dronta. The movement in Russian experimental music is especially inspiring, with acts likes Valery Chkalov, Sergey Kuryokhin and Pop Mechanica; in general, the late-Soviet period was very inspiring with all its figures in music, cinema, their energy and their approach towards life and art.