“For Streams Of Rising Air, a 17-minute work that they call a mixtape, 12z offer “special fragments of the recording process” from their upcoming album, Trembling Air. These fragments unravel slowly and methodically, blending hazily into each other to create a rich tapestry of harmony, melody, and timbre, with repetition, sampling, and processing continually shaping the sounds and, therefore, our reception of them.”
– Tiny Mix Tapes –
As pure improvisors, 12z (Bálint Szabó and Márton Kristóf) have constructed a substantial body of work, including film scores, studio recordings, and a significant archive of 12z [sessionz] — weekly improvised jams with a shifting cast of collaborators. All this is not even to mention their live work, which is at the foundation of 12z’s craft and artistry. With Bálint on guitar, Márton on electronics, and former member Áron Porteleki often joining on drums, they fluctuate between jagged rhythmic passages, floating moments of harmonic tension, and any other form that emerges, always chiseling structure from the chaos.
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