Malfinia Ensemblo- Varsovia!

Malfinia Ensemblo is a project featuring The Norman Conquest and Andi Stecher (with special guest Agnes Szelag).  Malfinia Ensemblo was born from a desire to assimilate and mirror the cultures of the West through a lens of intense drums and synthesizer Krautrock/Dark Wave/Hip Hop/Pop/Rock.  The name translates from the constructed/unifying language of Esperanto, meaning “Infinite Ensemble”.

Malfinia Ensemblo’s first album “Varsovia” will be released on Kvitnu in 2014.

Myriad is released!

Buy the cassette at the Touch Shop (Europe)

or, buy it at Forced Exposure (U.S.A.)

Myriad” is a piece of music that contains 10,000 tracks of recorded audio.  While 10,000 tracks was the original goal born out of a curious naiveté, it became apparent to me through the recording process that I was exploring something bigger than just a simple, large number.  In the Tao Te Ching, “10,000 Things” is a term referring to all of phenomenal reality.  In many ancient schools of thought, it’s a number which is almost incomprehensible; it is something approaching the infinite.

For me, the process became a celebration of life, sharing music with friends, and one facet of a realization of a lifelong query into the infinite.  In the end, the whole piece became a sum much greater than the individual parts; to me it sounds like a million bajillion tracks.  The sound is that of an army of loving friends, musicians, and companions joining together through my vision to create a sound unlike anything ever heard in the universe.  Strains of my biggest influences can be heard throughout the piece, from Tchaikovsky to Phil Spector to Nine Inch Nails to Glenn Branca to Xenakis to etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum.

As an interesting side note, the (extremely tiny 2 inch by 2 inch) artwork consists of 10,000 dots and was also created by me.

It is being released in an extremely limited edition of 154 copies, so get it soon before it disappears.  If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can physically find it at Aquarius Records (not yet, but soon), but otherwise the links above are your best bet to grab a copy.

Cosa Brava “The Letter” review from prog archives

This Prog Archives review by frippism is quite glowing, in particular in reference to my work on the newest Cosa Brava album.

Here’s some excerpts from the review:

“I’d say, though, that probably the strongest element this album has is its production. The Norman Conquest, as he calls himself, manages to give the album such an open, breathy sound. Like there is always another layer of sound beating right under the one you just discovered- and many times there is another layer, which just makes you understand how thought out “The Letter” is.”

AND

“I can’t say I’m surprised I enjoyed this album so much, but this album is something else. Frith’s songwriting is fantastic and heart wrenching at times, the band sounds tight as hell, and the production is some of the best I’ve heard. “The Letter” is an absolute masterpiece of music. I ain’t afraid to say it.”

Thanks for the kind words frippism!

split LP- The Norman Conquest “nadir” + Agnes Szelag “ZENIT”

find it on vinyl LP here

or digitally

and here’s an excerpt of nadir

Cosa Brava – The Letter

you really should buy the new Cosa Brava record NOW.  at one of these fine retailers:

RER Megacorp

iTunes

but if you must read some reviews before you buy:

Baby Blaue

OR

Intakt Records