illogical harmonies is the duo project of Berlin residents Johnny Chang (violin) and Mike Majkowski (double bass), both of whom are composers as well as musicians. Their performance activity ranges widely, from improvisation to composed music. In November 2010, Johnny Chang and Koen Nutters started Konzert Minimal, an ensemble focusing on Wandelweiser-related music. Mike Majkowski later joined Konzert Minimal as well, leading to the formation of illogical harmonies in 2014. The duo's debut album, "Volume," was released on Another Timbre in 2016.
This recording consists of three pieces 10 to 20 minutes in duration (recorded in 2017), woven from sustained tones produced by the calm, unhurried bowing of the violin and contrabass. Accompanying the sustained tones are subtle sonic oscillations caused by the bowing, as well as occasional deft changes of pitch. The seemingly simple music is filled with a captivating beauty.
The cover sets the mood: this is music for taking in the soft glow of daybreak, for residing in the beauty and stillness of the morning before the stresses of work and the running of errands. The tracks get longer as if to prime you—it's hard to sit still and *be*, so Carlson and Stuart help you ease into such an unfamiliar state of mind. Joshua Minsoo Kim