tronicstan – process part 249


Nowadays, there are numerous countries where electronic musicians have trouble raising a musical scene with their own national audience, let alone trying to appeal to a foreign crowd. Many local musicians that are recognized as carriers of their national identity through the rich musical culture they tap into often don’t have the means to export this facet of their culture beyond their borders.

Throughout my career as a musician, as a composer (of electronic music), and as a director of a music label, Trenton Records, that is open to emerging scenes in more traditional countries, I have been lucky enough to repeatedly measure the richness of sound that can occur when a dialogue between electronic and acoustic musicians from the same country is cultivated.

The idea for this project, Tronikstan, was implemented by setting up studios in Astana and Almaty. Pairing electronic music composers and traditional acoustic musicians, a fusion of genres was formed and the endless possibilities offered by today’s technologies that work in this direction were plumbed.


kirill zaretskii – process part 249a (train to ca) by modyfier

almatronic – process part 249b (tian shanica) by modyfier

lav hard – process part 249c (southern sunrise) by modyfier

reynold – process part 249d (astana) by modyfier

Note: From Trenton Records promo for the Tronikstan CD:

The Cultural Service of the French Embassy, the Goethe Institute and the French Alliance network in Kazakhstan launched the second edition of EUROTRONIC in order to explore the advances of computer technologies and the richness of fusion of genres with an attempt to mix acoustic and electronic music. EUROTRONIC 2010 was an original project of knowledge exchanges between Europe, Kazakhstan and Kirghizistan through a collective work of electronic music creations integrating acoustic elements of traditional melodies from Central Asia.

The First step of the project consisted on a collective work of music creation between two experimented DJs and electronic music composers from France (Reynold) and Germany (Rene Breitbarth) and DJs and acoustic musicians from Kazakhstan and Kirghizstan. Reynold worked with the artists in Astana while Rene was in Almaty with his group.

Kazakh musicians were recorded on the 1st day and these recordings used as samples to compose and produce electronic dance tracks. The whole workshop was focused on exploring European cutting edge underground style of music called something like: “minimal deep house”. After one week of hard work both workshop ended with nine tracks plus one more track from Reynold and Rene so a total number of eleven tracks. The Tronicstan CD was born.

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