Naj (Darius Čiuta) ‘Naj on Naj’

'Naj on Naj' box setDarius Čiuta'Naj on Naj' side 1'Naj on Naj' inlay

01 Rightangled Coil (29:51)
02 Violetouch (31:20)

Total time 61:11
Cassette released by N D , Austin, Texas, 1996

Lithuanian architect, sound artist and /vyza/ label founder Darius Čiuta, born 1966, self-released many cassettes in Lithuania during the 1990s under the Naj moniker, and was included in the ‘500 Lock Grooves by Artists’ LP on RRR in 1998. A short biography and examples of his work as architect can be found here and here. While Čiuta is known for his noise music during the 1990s, he turned to sparse electro-acoustic music in the noughties. ‘Naj on Naj’ was issued on Daniel Plunkett’s N D label, in the Reference series which also hosted releases by Miroslav Rajkowski and Rod Summer. The ‘Naj on Naj’ cassette features two tracks of musique concrète made from found objects, turntable, tapes and found sounds (e.g.: film dialog excerpts). No electronics in sight. Track #1, Rightangled Coil, is richly textured and avoids any noisy traps while negotiating its bruitist odyssey. Very listenable and comparable to Small Cruel Party. The B side is more abrasive, yet never indulges into anti- or no- music a la The Haters. Čiuta is definitely an aesthete of the genre.


Naj discography:
See Morning C90
Spoiled Spine Column C60
Akala C90, M&E
Ferumen C90, M&E
Active Spoon C90
Form-material C90
1992 w/ Government Alpha, The Declining Sun, k7, Xerxes
1994 Fixthemeteronthe zeroposition, C60, Tundra Rec.
1995 Resituation Smile, CD, Pure
1996 Naj On Naj, C60, N D
2000 Californian Sketches, CDr, Pasvires Pasaulis
2004 w/ Arturas Raila ‘Baltic Flour Mills’, CD, Autarkeia


7 Responses to “Naj (Darius Čiuta) ‘Naj on Naj’”

  1. 1 Lucky November 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

    only a few days ago i found the 500 lock grooves at the weescoosa blog – a great concept, but i found it rather annoying to listen to for more than a few minutes. so it goes.

    interesting to read your post above – “noise traps” and “bruitist odyssey” were my “stumbling blocks”… 8]

  2. 2 continuo November 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I hope my choice of words didn’t prevent you from downloading this VERY listenable noise cassette, Lucky. There’s more in Noise than meets the eye.

  3. 3 Lucky November 9, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    no, continuo, you didn’t prevent me from downloading this – the restricted size of my harddrive did, although i’m always thankful for your rather ‘handy’ files, which work perfectly for me.

    beware: i sure will tell you how “listenable” i find this, without charming you in any way!

  4. 4 Lucky November 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    this isn’t the sort of music i listen to on a daily basis, nor is it one i extremely enjoy, to be true. part 2 sounded more like the white noise which i know from merzbow. part 1 was more varied for my ears, although the sounds really doesn’t mean anything to me.

    this music doesn’t move me emotionally, and i have a great difficulty respond to it emotionally. my brain says that it probably is extraordinary to experience in a live setting, with the right volume, proper speakers, artist on the spanners et. al., but as a recorded artifact i don’t get it.

    i have my limits, too.

    cheers anyway! :D

  5. 5 continuo November 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Better luck next time, Lucky! Just so you know, there are some jazz LPs to appear on this page in the following weeks.

  6. 6 darius November 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    hi,……much-more different soundworks from
    Darius Ciuta ——–

  7. 7 continuo November 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Darius. I’ve not heard this one, but I listened to smStiklas, which is rather radical. Thanks for dropping by.

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