Sasha Darko (born Alexander Kibanov, 1992) is a music producer and game developer from the Radioactive City Russia Doesn’t Want You to Know About.
Started as an industrial / noise musician, he was previously known as Alexander Kibanov / Earth Incubator, and since 2007 had produced 150+ experimental music solo releases using many aliases, also collaborating with such diverse artists as Kenji Siratori, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Komissar Hjuler and Mama Baer and Cisfinitum. The albums were published by underground labels all over the world, from Japan to French Polynesia, using all possible media formats: cassettes, CDs, CD-Rs, 7″ vinyl records and even floppy disks and business cards. Produced in very limited numbers (ranging from 10 to 1000 copies), these releases were as diverse as possible and even spawned microgenres which were called “fruity punk” and “post-noise” by the underground press and bloggers.
In the beginning of 2010, he began producing an entirely different kind of music under the name of Sasha Darko. Most of the first mini-albums were ambient techno experiments released with the help of Sirona Records (“Awaken In The Woods” series, “Depth of Field”). Then “Entering The Channel X“, a poetic cyberpunk minimal / musique concrete mini-album released the same year. In 2013, a full-length ambient album “Underwater” came to light and a split cassette with Hiroshi Hasegawa was released by the US label Black Horizons.
Continued as a videogame developer, he developed and released a horror videogame Sacred Line, which came out in February 2013 for PC, Mac and Linux platforms. The biggest European computer magazine Computer Bild put it 4th place on the list of “30 Best Free PC Horror Games” and picked it up for distribution on their website and free DVD which comes with the magazine. The game still remains unfinished and its original source is no longer available to modify. It was later re-released on Steam as a free DLC for The Last Dogma.
In October 2013, he made an extended version of Sacred Line in the form of a Graphic Adventure game. It was called Sacred Line Genesis and was developed for Sega Mega Drive / Genesis console exclusively. It was officially released on cartridges by Watermelon Corporation in February 2015, being the second professionally produced homebrew release after 2010 Pier Solar.
The Last Dogma, a surreal dark comedy adventure game for PC and Linux, came out in October 2014. Launched as a reboot of Sacred Line, it later became a completely different project. In June 2015, it was released on Steam.
Two extravaganza singles were released the same year. The first one is called “The Night” and was recorded in collaboration with a famous Russian cat Jazz, known worldwide for the pancakes meme. It’s available as a free download on the official VK page of the cat.
The second one is called “DOOMED” and presents a mix of witch house and YM2612-powered chiptune.
Illnathix / Praxisfeelder – Split EP was co-released on 3.5″ floppy disks by Mind Noise Disintegration and Mu-hu-hu Records in 2009. Limited to 100 copies, it was quite possibly the biggest floppy disk music release ever (well, in Russia). All MND produced copies were sold out in several months after release, most of which were distributed by AK on his live shows.
The development of Sacred Line Genesis took about 2.5 years and the text was revised by six people, including the creator of Sega-16 who is responsible for the final version. The cartridge release cover is based on the original art of digital release cover and was itched by Watermelon co-founder on a metal piece.
Recording process of Alexander Kibanov & Vir’ – Sent I November goes back to 2009. The album took about 7-8 years to complete.
99% of all Mind Noise Disintegration releases had fully hand drawn covers and every single copy of every release was made from the scratch. No printer was used, only penciles, pens, wax crayons and paper.
Earth Incubator – Soundtrack to… was a big 86-minute drone track recorded in real-time and was released by Russian black metal label Desolation Production on 90-min CDrs, which were extremely hard to find at the time and impossible to find now.
Title track of Earth Incubator – Domofon Ambient Dance was made from a 2-second sample of an opening intercom door. For the sake of fun it was released as a maxi-single featuring two remixes from Applecore and Snake Surikov (label owner). Earth Incubator – Davai / Scream was recorded the same way, only this time using two short voice samples from the trash horror movie “The Party” where AK played the role.
Arkadiy GR / Headless Kamikaze / HZ / Dreagann* – Cat Split Dedicated To Louis Wayne features cats on vocals. The artists were asked to record their cats and use the sounds as the vocals for their tracks. HZ didn’t have a cat at the time and recorded the track using her own voice, imitating the meows.
[C. T. D.] / Earth Incubator / Smrznik – Split was one of the first music releases in Japan after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The factories which could produce full-color cardboard weren’t available at the time, so the release packaging was black-and-white and used standard paper. All other releases made before and after the incident use thick full-color printed carboard packaging.
Earth Incubator – 001 was released as a parody of maxi-singles and featured 30-second digital noise piece as the main track. All 33 “remixes” were Audacity project leftovers.
Kenji Siratori is a Japanese cyberpunk writer known for his books written from the perspective of AI. He’s also known for the audio collaborations where he reads his books over someone’s sound material. But for “Rasputin“, the roles were reversed – the audio was provided by Kenji and AK was reading excerpts from the Rasputin’s biography.
The locations chosen for live shows were anything but usual clubs / bars. A movie theater (Noise vs. Glamour 2009), an abandoned industrial factory (Volzhsky 2009), even a huge two-story garage (Novorossiysk 2008). Volzhsky Open-Air Fest (Volzhsky 2009) took place near Volga, mere meters from the water.