From the sub post electronics MirrorFacingMirror starts with an eclectic and disconcerting
sound (not being able to establish whether it is organic or synthetic) just live … it ends up
with any idea that electronic music does not stop surprising us from this duo of American
artists who work in the specific field since the 90s, become a myth.It is more extreme and powerful in the case of RestlessDecay where the rise of American
experimental electronics and its millions of patches and prototypes created by these
pioneer artists of America.
Under the Podarces pseudonym Benoît Rouits (who also plays oboe in Jukpic ) creates experimental improvised music with keyboards. Last year he made us discover one of his old works : “A Frozen Journey”, made in 2009 with virtual synthesizers and inspired by some writings of Philip K. Dick. We enjoyed this album a lot and although it undoubtedly stands on its own we felt its minimalist abstraction could make it a very interesting material to incorporate in new works. We made this suggestion to Benoît and some other collaborators and aquaintances who agreed and accepted to contribute remixes of what is now called “Frozen Journeys”, featuring the original tracks as well as remixes by Humanfobia, Human Koala, Nina Kardec, Anastatsia Vronski, Kecap Tuyul, Nicolas Tourney, Sig Valax, Filmy Ghost, Yann Pillas, Thomas Park, Luciftias, Doedelzak.
This release, presents the outcome of the process and culmination of a concert held the final day of the Ur Tanta Summer Camp 2019. The work was developed by a small group formed by Miriam Matthys, Simon Bahr, George Chinnery, Ricardo Martorana, Jack Hyde and Alberto Garcia Aznar.
z(xW+yV) is a solo project of Kecap Tuyul started spring 2018 while experimenting different ways to generate low volume feedback with small gear. After some tries with one contact microphone and one 1W battery-powered amplifier he developped a modular system on this basis, in order to generate not only feedback, but also feedback of feedback, and feedback of feedback of feedback (…) by chaining amps and microphones in a circular way that blurs more and more the distinction between sound source and sound’s reproduction, between acoustic musical instruments and electronic sound diffusion.
Unlike its first album 3×2(1W+18V) whose 3 pieces where mixes of 2 improvisations, Trois Prises features only raw improvisations played on more complex versions of the set-up (with 3 or 4 amplifiers). Track 1 & 3 contain no edits, track 2 was edited from a longer improvisation.
M.A.K.T. Sono ‘s new release TTTango is an improvisation recorded in november 2018 by Magali Albespy & Kecap Tuyul with the same kind of lo-fi set-up as the one used on album “11 Songs”
Magali Albespy : amplifiers, microphones, synthesizer, voice.
Kecap Tuyul : amplifiers, microphones, synthesizer, mix.
“On her back over distances rode not even a bird.”
(Liliana Herrero, Confesiones del viento)“When we look in our environment for the elements that can condition or enhance our character, the ways of bonding, the ways of our expression, we usually fix our eyes, our feelings and think about the earth that we tread, that we inhabit and that inhabits us. Its geographical features, its colors and textures. The species that thrive in the conditions that it positions before us. More difficult is to account for how the air defines us. Being an invisible matter and much less tangible than a piece of rock, to think of ourselves surrounded by that elastic medium and to meditate the consequences of that immersion is less probable. How is it that the air that surrounds Inti every day from the place on the planet where she decided (or not) to situate herself, to dwell and create, conditions and enhances her art? ‘Gran Madre’ (pn143) invites me to that exercise.
In the habitable dimension presented by the three tracks that are part of this release, I can immerse myself in that perception and reflect on the air in a vast spectrum. Thus a breeze appears in the form of her voice, to which she decides to tie the rest of the materials that she sonically molds. Sometimes she brings words, at others only tonalities that tighten and loosen the link with the electronic textures but that never try to impose their meaning and their ‘humanity’. From breeze to wind there are degrees of atmospheric pressure where the air is agitated and charged, in this case, dust and static. At various moments along the path that ‘Rea’ or ‘Mina’ lay out, it is this abrasiveness of the particles in suspension that defines the atmosphere, stripped of all dew, open to the sparks and micro-lightning so common when the air has 0% humidity. Mediating its duration, ‘Mina’ displays the sound of rain. But there is no indication of freshness or relief in its appearance, instead it makes the electricity even more palpable (and the added risk of walking through that sound space with feet bare and wet). What threats do those bursts of electronic static that shake the environment carry?
Every so often, as in that pulsating drum at the end of ‘Rea’, I think I’m listening to the radioactivity measurement of a Geiger counter. It is not clean air or purity that seems to matter to Inti and contamination can be felt here as a concept distilled from its negative connotations. Here we breathe strange and invisible agents that will inevitably modify our genetic constitution. Interestingly, I do not perceive an imposition in this action. This possibility is attractive, like a storm in the desert that advances towards us as we wish it to engulf us. Sand that hugs.
Already fused in these volatile molecules, ‘Ciprés (Cypress)’ arrives and the air becomes a whirlpool. We recover our body and integrity to be transported to a time that is not today or here, inhabited by ghosts. An old lament, a couplet, an epic of distance that reminds me of the pain of being separated from that which surrounds me.
So the air and its molecules that compress and expand to shake our eardrums. So the wind, now carrying seeds, now turning poplars. So is the atmosphere of this disc and this geographical and poetic site where Inti is planted to capture the ether and materialize its language.
In this edition, which is undoubtedly an artistic action in itself, for the beloved and respected Pueblo Nuevo label, a valuable Chilean publishing project, Inti plays with the air as well, investing the operation of the dry Argentinian winds. Then the mass of arid and rough air, decides for once to follow the Great Mother Son on its trajectory. Returning over her steps, she climbs the mountain range to look for the baggage of freshness and humidity that she hid there, to return to the sea that saw her leave once.”
Edgardo Palotta, clarinet, bass clarinet, Indian flute, double bass and percussion.
Ana Foutel, piano.
Gonzalo Manco, engineering and mixing.
Recorded live at Estudio Libres, Buenos Aires Argentina. February 2019.
Photo: Foutel / Peiretti
“The longing for (inner) silence leads the/our being(s) to take the(ir) sound to the outside, exposing it/them as a natural/peculiar/idiosyncratic happening.
This sound is also influenced by collective unconscious – i. e. a global < > local society.
What are we to find in this transcendental process?: all/nothing, a receiver/Pandora’s box, feeding back this inner space which happens to be mute(d).
What are we to do if Monserrat Bustamante Laferte came out of the blue? Our amazement would allow this silence to expand in space-time, procrastinating an explanation.
All these processes/experiences/longings turn this album into a snapshot, a here-and-now portrait, a possible chart for adventurers, uncertain for our recent past, stamping our existence until the end of silence.
For this is no comfort zone approach: neither pop nor tape music nor free improv, but all of them instead, a García Canclini-like hybrid, pointing out an emerging possibility for our countries.
Who are these people?
This makes it even more interesting: deeply rooted in crossover practices, GMSs play cumbia on Monday, jazz on Tuesday, and experimentalia on Wednesday.
Martín/Benavides (M/B), one of the most outstanding musicians nowadays, accompanying Chilean acts such as Francisca Valenzuela, Chancho en Piedra, Los Tres, and many others. He is also a great performer in an extremely complex and mesmerizing instrument, such as the theremin.
Gerardo/Figueroa (G/F), composer and musicologist, participant in several Chilean underground scenes and venues from early on: radio shows, such as Musiclaje, and Pueblo Nuevo en Conexión Social; producer of singer-songwriter Camila Moreno’s early recordings. A sui géneris ol’ skool, chatting freewheelingly and unhamperedly with newer generations.
Seiten/Wall (S/W), young composer prone to challenging audiences with unconventional ideas and practices. representing the twilight zone where all sounds and formats meet. At present, he is also a board member of Comunidad Electroacústica de Chile (CECH).”
Jose María Pastor – drums; David Ramos – speak and spell, Casio SK-1 (circuit bent), Piano Roland EXR -3, Microkorg, Korg Poly 800, Drone Thing and TW3, TW5 and Noise Machine (selfmade); J.G. Entonado (a.k.a. Arín Dodó) – voice, piano, electric guitar, harmonica, Ventris Dual Reverb
Since their beginnings in February 2018, M.A.K.T. Sono (Magali Albespy and Kecap Tuyul) have been experimenting with different set-ups and ways of playing. Amongst them, they like to play both on the same instruments / set-ups in the same time. It’s what they did on ‘UNK.0, an improvisation played on a no-input mixer. The other tracks of this EP are electronic compositions by Kecap Tuyul and Doedelzak using this improvisation as only sound material.
Recorded live at Fundación Mercedes Sosa, Buenos Aires,
16th September 2018
Jorge Sad (Argentina), Renzo Filinich (Perú) and Pablo Bas (Argentina).
Stereo Mix from the Octophonic performance.
Cover / Audiovisual Art: Pablo Magne
Face à face, épisode 2, saison 1, the new album of Ayato is the 2nd part of a cut-up recomposition series recorded and mixed at La Ferme Là, Olivet, France between 2015 and 2017. It consists of playing in real time two tapes with two different multitrack recorders, which gives 4 stereo sounds side A in normal play and side B in reverse added to others sounds played depending on which way the wind is blowing with the others devices. Some Loops have been created during the mixing process. Cassettes are from private collection, gifts, prepared and found tapes, archives…
On Wooden Mirrors: Daniel Barbiero, double bass (left channel); Cristiano Bocci, double bass (right channel)
On From a Concourse: Daniel Barbiero, double bass; Cristiano Bocci, live electronicsRecorded live in the studio August 2017 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.
Cristiano Bocci: Engineering & mixing.
Photographs by Cristiano Bocci
z(xW+yW) is a solo project of Kecap Tuyul started spring 2018 while experimenting different ways to generate low volume feedback with small gear : for instance with one contact microphone and one 1W battery-powered amplifier. It was initially thought as lo-fi version of the “Failure Circle” project work with chaotic feedback system of the no-input mixer in a more portable way, but finally took a quite different direction, with a more tactile & acoustic dimension.
3×2(1W+18V) is the first published album of this project. It was recorded in june 2018 with lo-fi means (cell phone and a cheap digital recorder). Each track is a mix of two improvisations played with the most primitive form of z(xW+yV) : one contact microphone, one 1W battery-powered amplifier and two guitar effects (overdrive and equalization).
M.A.K.T. Sono (Magali Albespy and Kecap Tuyul)’s second album « 11 songs » is made of selected and edited improvisations recorded during the “M.A.K.T. Sono (sans sono)” residency at Le Magasin – Laboratoire de permanence chorégraphique (Mathieu Heyraud) – Saint-Etienne – November 4-9 2018.
Since their beginnings in February 2018 the duo has been working with modular set-ups that are likely to provoke unstable situations (like the soundbox, analog synthesizer and no-input mixer used in their first album “If you were a clarinet”). This time they played with microphones, voices, analog synthesizers, and small battery-powered amplifiers, forming a modular set-up whose elements can be interconnected in various ways. They also experimented the integration of some song-material in their improvisations.
Videos : https://magalialbespy.wordpress.com/residence-au-magasin/
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