Jasna Veličković & Anton Mobin – Last Of The Three

Artists: Jasna Veličković & Anton Mobin
Title: Last Of The Three
Keywords: experimental adventurous concert instruments make play live Deventer
Label: esc.rec.

This is an audio adventure made with the self invented instruments by Jasna Veličković & Anton Mobin and their respective players (which are they themselves) . We can quote the provided information about these instruments and copy background information about their creators, but as you could read it al on the release page – I prefer (if you don’t mind) to focus on the adventure itself instead.

It starts quite bombastic and strange, as if we are going through a barn with odd looking animals that quickly reveal themselves for a bit in order to make some space for the rattling sound of a snake to flourish, along with the other audio happenings that are highly speaking to the imagination. It immediately feels as if the door had fallen into its lock behind us and the barn had been prettily decorated in darkness leaving a lot to guess what’s in there with us.

The only consistency in the early stages of the journey is the rattling snake, along with deep purrs that might be coming from a massive cat-like creature that might devour us if it ever wakes up. The sound of our subconscious mess trying to unlock the doors are helping to generate the feeling of helplessness and slight claustrophobia. The high audio bits of mystery play little mind games that might give you a reason to change your underwear when the adventure is all said and done. Accidents can happen!

There will be a moment in which the wild animals seem to be slightly disturbed, maybe even entertained as they seemingly munch upon a previously locked-in listener. I guess as long as nobody or no creature will touch us, it’s presumable safe to keep standing still without making a sound ourselves. Similar advice you can hear from people telling you what to do when encountering an angry beet; just stand still and whatever you do; don’t run away!

luckily the inhabitants in this dark shed are noisy enough to cover up our breathy sounds and shrieks of high pitched soft prayers for help. It’s an intense situation this adventure, similar to the act of placing your head into a well trained lion at the circus and hoping the animal wouldn’t snap its jaw into a closed state with your face in the middle. Risky but fun!

Half way the sound of footsteps can be heard, making me wonder if it’s my own body trying to get away or that there are some other listeners in this dark situation trying to survive the mysterious monsters that seemed to be lurking inside. You can hear the lion-like growls bursting out, probably awoken by whoever made these nervous steps in the unrevealing blackness. Everything in the barn seems to becoming alive, arising excitedly from their veggie state to buzz, howl and slightly frighten any reasonable visitor within this realm.

It’s an adventure that feels like being locked in a escape room but escaping seems only possible by staying, facing your fears and sitting it through and trying to not give into going for a full time panic mode. A hard thing to do as the mysterious creatures turn into grotesque sounds that might or might not be hungry for listener’s meat. If only we had brought a flash light or could find a light switch in order to reveal the beasts that are generating these sounds. They might be sweet, who knows? Although to be fair, if we switched them on and see Jasna Veličković & Anton Mobin with their self made instruments as depicted on the album’s cover art – it will be quite a revelation! Fantastic work!
http://escrec.bandcamp.com/album/last-of-the-three
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