Lejsovka & Freund: Mold on Canvas

Mold on Canvas - Lejsovka & FreundArticle by Rob Lehr

Looking back on 2014, there were many events that united the art community and cultivated discussion. From The Gateway, a cult themed art-dance party at Studio Akron, to the emotional and thought-provoking opening talk by Tony Feher at the Akron Art Museum.  The creative community continues to grow in Akron undoubtedly because of the venues that connect the dots between viewers and creators.

My personal favorite was the re-mix of Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet (1922), re-cut and edited to Lejsovka & Freund’s “Mold on Canvas” album (2014).  The Bauhaus ethos were a welcomed addition to the drifting soundscapes of “Mold on Canvas.”  The project screened for one summer evening at the Nightlight Cinema to a packed house of music/art enthusiasts. If you are not familiar with the composers Lejsovka & Freund, they are the Akron-based husband-and-wife duo formerly known as Trouble Books.

Luckily, for anyone who missed the event, L&F shared the project online for your viewing pleasure:


When asked about the music composed for the “Mold on Canvas” album, Keith Freund said:

“[It] is an exploration of ability… trespassing into the academic or classical music world with an amateur’s guess on pushing the right keys, forming the correct embouchure, etc… aided and abetted by bootleg computer programs and freeware to mangle, re-shape, and re-introduce.

But it’s not just about limitations on ability, but also some freedoms… space is cheap in Akron and it’s nice to be able to fit an inherited grand piano into your house… and why should our music sound like it’s coming from a cramped corner of a Brooklyn apartment or made for a Berlin club? These pieces are made by and for the view from huge sunroom windows overlooking a wooded ravine. Hopefully that honesty comes through.

And while we’re being honest, we’re also free to do whatever the fuck we want. We won’t be playing shows, won’t be harboring any illusion of a music “career”… We’ll make these records until interest in our art wanes and then we’ll, I don’t know, work in the garden.”

Sadly, the limited edition “Mold on Canvas” clear vinyl LP has already sold out. For more information about Lejsovka & Freund, visit their record label at http://www.barkandhiss.com/

Lejsovka & Freund Mold on Canvas