Cover art and tracklist

Today, I'm very proud to show you the amazing cover art of the album, designed by Arn Van Wijmeersch. Here's what Arn had to say about his work: 

"The music of Mirek always puts me in a contemplative mood, with a little extra melancholy. I was thinking about what sort of image could capture this very personal feeling. I ended up drawing a boy throwing pebbles across water. Every time it bounces off the surface, it creates a ripple, going from the right to the left, into the past. It's the image of the composer, revising his previous works."

I think it represents my music in the best way possible. Still somewhat active, at the same time very introvert and thoughtful, creating a unique storyline with every little stone that hits the water. 

"As The Birds Fly" out now

So proud and excited to release this video today! AS THE BIRDS FLY is the first track from the upcoming album "Revisions #1". As it has been 18 months in the making, I'm very, very happy that I can finally share this with you. There's a lot more to come, but it starts here. 

 

Listen on bandcamp: https://mirekcoutigny.bandcamp.com/track/as-the-birds-fly

Director: Joachim Dejonghe D.O.P.: Samuel Vansteenkiste Camera assistant: Michiel Lateur, Arn Van Wijmeersch Editor: Mathias Papeleu Grading: Samuel Vansteenkiste Production & Mix: Mirek Coutigny Mastering: Frederik Dejongh at Jerboa Mastering Piano & synthesizers: Mirek Coutigny Percussion: Jonathan Bonny Violin: Robin Van Heghe Viola: Esther Coorevits Cello: Jolien Deley

The sounds and musicians on this album

From the start it was clear to me that I wanted to do something different with this album. Having worked for various productions where time is money, I wanted to take my time and enjoy the benefits of not having a deadline. This meant: never settling for an emergency plan, always striving for the best sound possible with the means I had. 

I started working on this EP in October 2016. That’s a year and a half of work on 30 minutes of music. In this time I’ve spent weeks looking for the most fitting sounds I could get from my piano. I had various sessions with wonderful musicians, where we could experiment with very subtle nuances in the music. I loaned some amazing synthesizers from befriended musicians. When I thought a certain sound from a particular obscure instrument would make the end result even slightly better, I did everything I could to get hold of the real thing, even if it was only for a few days (and 4 seconds of music). What I gained with each step is neglectable, but in the end, it’s all of these small things that make the result stand out next to the work I have done before. It makes for an album that is full of personal sounds and stories. 

I want to thank Jonathan Bonny, Esther Coorevits, Jolien Deley, Birgit Eecloo and Robin Van Heghe for their wonderful contribution to this EP. It’s their performances that make the notes shine. 

 

Why I'm making this album

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As a composer and musician, you’re constantly involved in all kinds of projects, writing music along the way. The result is hours and hours of music that is performed only a few times or maybe even discarded in the process. Musicians turn in beautiful performances of your music, and you have some live recordings lying around as proof. But in the end, it’s tough to build a recognizable musical identity as a composer through all of these projects, collaborations, and one-offs. 

Revisions #1 is my attempt to tighten up that image. I went through all the music I wrote between 2012 and 2015 and selected a few pieces that still resonate with who I am today. Over the course of a year and a half, I have reinterpreted these pieces with the help of some incredible musicians and friends. Every track went through a process of adding melodies, killing darlings and expanding on the sound world of the originals. Now that the result is finally here, I cannot wait to share it with you, both in the form of an album as in a live setting.