ALBUMS & FEATURES
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“John Franek's affinity for Mozart is evinced in his brilliant, subtly-shaded playing which brings forth the composer's work in all of its multivalent sparkle and darkness.” (Scott Hawkinson, Double V Digital Recordings)
"From disparate sound elements harvested from the piano, John builds up by assemblage an environmental experience that is intriguing, unusual, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating."
This collection of works embody an intersection of spectral, ambient and glitch noise soundscapes which explore the sonic combination of raw acoustic sound and raw electronic wavelengths.
Initially sampled from a purely acoustic String Orchestra premiere, the musical material in this collection is taken through its own transmorphic journey from a acoustic orchestral sound profile trapped within electronic confines to an entirely processed electronic piece of data. This process is then woven into itself, intersecting the consistently evolving sonic landscape represented by each work.
Cloud Things is essentially a song cycle for electronic playback, the original material of which I sampled from a now defunct Polish new Music Radio Station who's archives have been released into the public domain. Rather than composing in what would be considered an electroacoustic-centric fashion, this cycle attains a more Dramaturgical atmosphere through it's ritualistic and closely original treatment of the original musical content.
Ten electroacoustic works inspired by the poem 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens. This album represents the kick off of my collaborative efforts with Claypot Records.
ABOUT THE COLOR OF THE MOON
"An album of evocative electronic and acousmatic soundscapes from composer, electronic artist and keyboardist John Franek, who performs the four pieces on this album on organ and electronics, interweaving rich harmonics with stark tones, melding his sounds in slowly evolving interaction, like beams of light piercing peaceful atmospheres."
About the Color of the Moon is the culmination of my first collaboration with the German label Wandelweiser.
SPARKS VOL. 2
Featuring Torso for Four Violin Soloists and String Orchestra
"The album SPARKS VOL. 2 couldn't be more aptly named, as bows bend and sparks fly in this vibrant collection of pieces for string orchestra... While the pool of inspiration might be diverse - the pieces are united by their display of raw musical energy, an undercurrent of longing, as well as profundity in both technical and emotional terms."
PRISMA VOL. 4
Featuring Mithridates for Orchestra
The long awaited result of my collaboration with the Moravian Philharmonic has finally been released to online stores! My work Mithridates was recorded back in April of 2019 in the Czech Republic, leading to this first release of mine on Navona Records.
MUSIKFORMEN DER NATUR
Featuring Siphonophoria for Medieval Organ
Musikformen der Natur is the first album in history dedicated to contemporary music composed for the late medieval portative organ. This rare instrument is a small, portable (lat. „portare” – to carry) organ with metal pipes. During playing, the performer has complete control of the air pressure which goes to the pipes.
The album features my five movement work entitled Siphonophoria – the central piece of the CD.