Swirly swirly – SWIRLS! 2

•April 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

   Opus Svirlum Svilrarum

Please go and read all about Swirls HERE.


The third Swirls became Far Away Circus.  It is more like a half-remembered echo of a childhood that never happened.  And it goes around, around, and up and down swirls like a quantum Carousel.  Musicaly it is less floaty and hard packed production.

It's the Return of Son of Swirls.


Carousel Dream by Johnson Imageneering the rest of the sources and other most interesting stuff is listed at the END of the clip 🙂



Swirly, Swirly – SWIRLS!

•June 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Opus Svirlum Svilrarum.

Nikita asked to explain the obsession with ‘swirls’. How do you explain swirls? How do you explain a painting?

Well . . .”‘Swirls” is my painting.   I did almost twenty years ago.  It is unfinished in one sense; it is more than overdone in another. It represents a swirling jumble (or a sophisticated and subtle natural pattern) of motifs and themes I was fond of and explored in other painting/drawings too.

“Swirls” attempts the impossible: to put on paper the evolving, swirling style of the imaginary I associate with some types of music. It is not possible since music is fleeting. It exists only WITHIN the dimension of time, one fleeting moment after another. Yet, it is eternal, it lasts forever. Music is series of quantums.

One frozen moment after another… yes, “Swirls” is mostly about rhythm, although there are some melody themes in it too.

Here it is:


Swirls – ink, acrylic and crayons on paper.

(clicky for biggie)

Recently I put some music numbers together.  I do not call them songs.  Ambient is closest to what they seem to be, although they change and swirl too much for real ambient music.  In addition, they are too emotionally charged – it is hoped –to be just ambient pieces.  But, ambient (or sound-scape) is the closest I can come to describing what they are.

They are a combination of rhythm patterns with samples and loops.  I played some of it, the rest is selected randomness played by machines.  I just lord it over to some point.

I went on exploring one rhythm pattern, combining it with different patches and genres –and it became Swirls 1, Swirls 2, and Swirls 3….  And I am sure that more lurk around the corner.

At first, I just needed some visuals to accompany the strange music I was creating and the “Swirls” painting came in handy.  Do not tell anybody.  Actually, it is well thought out conceptual continuity.  It was an adaptation of the clip I made for the White Rabbit Culture performance in Belgrade. And it is somehow related to Igra Staklenih Perli (Glass Beads Game)

But they DO have a lot in common with the “Swirls” painting, a fluctuating rhythm pattern and coming back to taste its own tail….  Ouroboros-like.

The first “Swirls” features Sarah McLachlan’s voice and some voices from a composition by Giorgio Liggetti (I hope he does not sue me :)) and other, more arcane ones.

The sound quality deteriorated in transfer to Youtube – I’ve yet to figure out why. It is a version 2.3.  One of MANY I made.  Decisions, decisions.

A second number became “Pyramid Swirls.”  Do not take pyramids thing TOO seriously although it is a worthy subject.  Pyramid Swirls is more angular and more . . .  up to a point.   By a looooooooong stretch, I might call it pop-ish.  It is certainly related to the music of Can.  The rhythm is Dominant but not domineering.    🙂

and the third one is Far Away Circus Swirls – you can read all about it HERE.

Walking Dervish Dub

•May 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Walking Dervish Dub

Yet another audio/video installation – a walking one this time.

Music: produced in Wolf’s Den Studio, April 2011. Sounds, loops, samples, the works by The Wolff. Minimal resources are used following the Rule of Three. Simple means towards the kaleidoscopic shifting effects. And it WALKS.

Painting: I did it years ago. Inks, guashe and crayons on colored paper (1.40m x 1m) retouched and cleaned up in photoshop. It is variously titled Moon Horses or Raw and Cooked. Again simple artistic means of expression are used to create phased variations of the theme. It IS a kaleidoscope even if it does not look like one.

Enjoy and take a slow walk with The Dervish.

Concerning Carpets

•May 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Concerning carpets:

Audio flying ambient installation, created in march 2011. and it is all about conceptual carpets, mostly old, traditional ones from these parts but some from Persia too.  The ever unfolding patterns of sitting flying. the looove.

Music: Basic track recorded by ISP trio, Belgrade, Jan. 2011. Remixed and edited by Wolff. With bonus carpets – FLY ON!
Drak – keyboards, bass, loops, theme
Zoran Lakić – keyboards
Pej Wolff – percussion, samples, loops

Audio leteća instatalacija snimljena Januara 2011. u Beogradu. ISP trio. remix i editing= Wolff, sa ponudom ćiilima za prevoz.

(c) ISP and Wolffwerks


Swirls 23

•March 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

A ‘landscape’ clip made of my painting I created long ago and a music clip Iput together. recently.  The music swirls in irregular swirls, just like the painting , always coming back to itself. It was recorded and mixed at Wolff’s Den by Wolffwerks, Feb-Mar 2011. It does not come across quite right on YouTube and I still have to figure out why. Some random scratching and ‘dirty sounds’ are planned, reflecting the painting but the muffled sound quality is not. The painting is 1.8 m x 1m. inks, crayons, acrylic. Enjoy.

Crazzee lazzee Cube Mix

•December 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

a Wolfhead Cube mix of an old Glass Beads Game (Igra Staklenih Perli) number: Crazzee Lazzee.
original track recorded 1979 at Jooshua’s Attic.
Drak Nikodijevic – vocal, bass
Zoran Lakic – keyboards, voice
Joshua Rakic – guitar
Pej Wolff – percussion, loops, samples
additional keyboards: Zoran ‘voodoo’ Zagorcic. 1991
this remix produced 2010 by Wolff

it turned out pretty strange, as if it had a mind of it’s own an knew where it wanted to go. I followed.

Cube videos:
3d fractals (rotated negative mandelbrot, singular box, Trip through hybrid box, Fractal space station fly over) by Jérémie Brunet. bib, and Krzysztof Marczak (Trip to center of hybrid fractal) and some other stuff. I do not own them. Used under fair usage.

Edited by Wolff

It is snowing this night

•December 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Snows falls silently
Like soft shards of stuffing
Spilling from the torn pillowcase
Of yesteryears.
Laying the glittering white geological layers
Of never remembered memories.

Let me lay my head down on them
And sink forever
Into their fiery, silent depths
In the slumbering excavation.
Gently, gently….

Tomorrow the salt will turn it into sludge
To be cleaned away,
But tonight it is beautiful.
Gently, gently