László Hortobágyi – “Transreplica Meccano”

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Hungarian composer and musicologist László Hortobágyi took his first expedition to North-India for making recordings on the spot, studying philological-musicological sources, archives, libraries and pursuing practical studies.

As a child László fantasised about interacting with otherworldly muses and imploring them for the hope and guidance he yearned to escape the intellectual barrenness of his surroundings. His early feelings of alienation combined with the almost sensual pleasure he remembers from these interactions, influenced and helped shape his life long musical journey.

In 1980 he established the musical society called “Gáyan Uttejak Mandal”. It was named after the Hindu-Moslem musician’s society founded by Navraojí Kabrají in 1870  (it was the school of the great musicologist, V.N Bhátkhánde).

The society expanded throughout the 1980’s with an archive of oriental music, to be considered unique and unrivalled in Eastern Europe, and which operates parallel with the music studio called “Gáyan Uttejak Studio” and the “Gáyan Uttejak Orchestra” .The members have made it their duty to practice and study the world heritage of traditional cultures.

The remastered and revised edition of Transreplica Meccano is reborn after 31 years, having been re-released by the Amsterdam-based Lullabies for Insomniacs label. László weaves a tapestry of sample based magic, transcribed from travels across the orient, transporting the listener to a fascinating world of archaic musicality. His sound palette is rebuilt and restructured using PCM morphology and FFT spectrum analysis as well as virtual overtone processing synthesis software he developed in 1988. The new live program’s repertoire  also based on the classical Indian instrumental technique of the Gáyaki-Ang and the Tablá-tárang polyrhythmic structure mixed with this fifteen years earlier developed sound morphology of the granular systhesis technique according to his original  “computed memesis of music” concept. The result is an incredible amalgamation of musical worlds which allows you to be immersed in a truly unique dialect.



László Hortobágyi: IBM-PC, sampler, been, synths, tabla, sitar, vocoder

Nora Hortobágyi: Voice, strings

Radványi: Sygnus modular-synth (on Cathedral of Reptiles)

Toto: Bass; Goezi: Pozauna; Chipy: Flute (on Nono-bol)

Recorded in the Gáyan Uttejak Studio, Budapest. 1986  

Remastered and revised by L.Hortobágyi in 2006

Reissued by the Lullabies For Insomniacs Label in 2017

You can find out more about László Hortobágyi and his Gáyan Uttejak Orchestra (Guo) by visiting their site.