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Fabio Perletta * Simon Fisher Turner * Mayforest

Ichinen

Ichinen

FABIO PERLETTA – ICHINEN 一念

The 一 (one) and 念 (thought) in the title refer to the shortest possible unit of time known as a principle of Zen practice: “a point of time which has neither the past nor the future.. “. The moment “where eternity cuts into time”, which exactly correspondents to what is know as Satori, which “takes place when consciousness realizes a state of one thought.”

That are some thoughts to ponder on for a while – and for that pondering Fabio Perletta provides a perfect soundtrack. Three untitled tracks (totalling 48 minutes – but put it on repeat and you can take all the pondering time you need).

On this album, Fabio Perletta explores the “emotional states experienced before, during and after a very long awaited trip”. The three different pieces are created using location recordings from Tokyo, Takayama and Kyoto, all heavily processed to unrecognisable abstract soundscapes using computer, feedback, magnetic tape and digital and ‘irreversible‘ sound processing.

Musique Concrête for the mind? In fact, words fail to describe it describe because “Zen does not follow the routine of reasoning, and does not mind contradicting itself or being inconsistent.”
Just listen. And try to look for that exact moment of ‘one thought’.

Ichinen 一念 is a digital-only release.


Giraffe

SIMON FISHER TURNER – GIRAFFE  Also on Spotify

From the very first cut-up fragments op Into Bush it’s clear that this is going to be an amazing journey. Simon Fisher Turner – composer, actor, sound designer – took his relatively simple recording devices (Roland Edirol R-09 and iPhone) around the world (Berlin, Lake Biwa, Cambridgeshire, Hammersmith, River Thames, Tokyo, Porto, Andalucia) and mashed all kinds of location recordings into kaleidoscopic tracks that ‘blur the line between sound design and song, machine severity and narrative sentimentality’.

There are amazing sounds heard in every direction, but they are kept together by the layered electronics, morphed into augmented field recordings.
Images of non-existent worlds, created from blended and altered every day sounds: “a sonic landscape where musical and non-musical elements are placed on a level hierarchy.”

Slight Smile is a spoken word poem by Emma Smith, adding to the psychedelic dreamlike visions of this album, ultimately dissolving into the incromprehensible realms: 
“You are the leader, and I wore funny clothes. We travelled together, and I wore leather. Lovely backstage photos…”

Travelling together is the key to this album. Travelling, and sharing the amazement and excitement of unexpected encounters…

One question remains… why the Giraffe’?
The fata-morgana-like cover image of a giraffe’s shadow looks nothing like an earthly creature, but it still is. It’s an altered image, in the same way the life sounds on this album are altered images of the world surround us.


SIMON FISHER TURNER – SAVE AS


Mayforest

MAYFOREST – MAYFOREST

The cover design and ASCII-art track titles like –∞–––––∞– or ––(–––––)–– may suggest the analytical kind of sound resembling the analytical Raster-Noton approach: mathematical more than emotional (though that’s always a subjective matter of course). But even in the first minutes of the opening track it’s clear that this is a misconception: Mayforest presents an organical ambient sound with many acoustical (-sounding) elements.
Mayforest’s music is definitely more ‘human’ than the package might suggest.

Mayforest is Christian Maiwald, living in Berlin and Szczecin (Poland).
There’s not much information on the background of his music, apart from the fact that there’s “no lute and no 808”.

The tracks are presented in order of their production date, because  Christian “likes to see where things lead me.” Wherever that may be, it’s a promising path, passing many enjoyable soundscapes in a strikingly original instrumentation.

At moments, the sound is not unlike that of the Stars of the Lid, and you might also hear elements reminiscing Bersarin Quartett….
Namedropping of course, just to give  an idea about some of the Mayforest sounds you can expect on this ‘off-radar’ album definitely worth checking out.

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DreamScenes 2015-07

DreamScenes

The warm, soft voice of Anne Garner guides you into (and out of) a dreamy hour of sounds also including Nils Frahm, Bruno Sanfilippo, Leonardo Rosado, Michel Banabila, Söll, Yamaoka, Aes Dana, Miktek and Fabio Perletta.

Tracklist:

  • 00:00 Intro (Susanna)
  • 00:45 Anne Garner – Wherever You Go
    Be Life, 2015
  • 04:12 Nils Frahm – The Parking Garage
    Victoria OST, 2015
  • 08:03 Bruno Sanfilippo – Upon Contact
    Upon Contact Reworked, 2015
  • 12:52 Bruno Sanfilippo – Upon Contact Reworked by Leonardo Rosado
    Upon Contact Reworked, 2015
  • 17:57 Michel Banabila – Field Trip
    Jump Cuts, 2015
  • 23:53 Söll – Märr
    Cävv, 2015
  • 30:50 Yamaoka – Telescope
    Silent Film, 2015 (release tba)
  • 36:57 Aes Dana ft. Miktek – Diffraction Protocol
    Alkaline, 2015
  • 43:30 Øe (Fabio Perletta) – Charm, Hanami
    Unseed, 2015
  • 52:43 Anne Garner – Leave Your Bed
    Be Life, 2015
  • 56:07 Nils Frahm – Pendulum
    Victoria OST, 2015
  • 58:24 Outro (Pink Floyd)

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OfftheSky & Pleq; Frozen Vaults; Darren McClure; Fabio Perletta (∅E)

Frozen Vaults - 1816

A Thousand Fields

OFFTHESKY & PLEQ – A THOUSAND FIELDS
Apart from running and curating the Dronarivm label, Pleq (Bartosz Dziadosz) is one of those artists with an extremely high release rate, so it’s quite difficult to keep up. But at the same time it’s important to keep yourself informed, because in the blink of an eye you might miss something very beautiful.
Like, for example, this collaboration with Jason (Offthesky) Corderreleased on 2xLP + 7″ (the 7″ for the first 300 only!) and as a digital download.
(A CD version may be available in the future).
The sound of this album is somewhat different you may expect from their previous work: electronic are present but less prominent, in favour of a large-scale orchestral sound. It’s part ambient music and part modern classical; both equally balanced.
“What has been hinted at in solo and prior collaborations meshed together with an influence of equal parts minimalism, fourth world ambience, field recordings, drone, and experimental composition to a stunning degree.”
Try the opener track for example – I guess you’ll be hooked and want to hear the full album!


Frozen Vaults - 1816

THE FROZEN VAULTS – 1816
Pleq is also one of the core members of The Frozen Vaults – a modern classical collective also featuring Harry ‘Spheruleus’ Towell Yuki Murata (piano), David Dhonau (cello) and  Tomasz Mrenca (violin).
1816
 is the group’s debut album, released on the Voxxov record label.
The title refers to ‘the year without summer’ – one of the coldest years the world has ever seen; the coldness attributed to a violent volcanic eruption of Mount Tabora in 1815.
Between all other original compositions there’s an unexpected arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, which immediately seems to link this album to christmas time and thus feels a bit weird on this (spring-released) album.
Every detail of this album refers to the cold, to the ‘perishing chills that so many were subjected to over the course of the year’, but still to my ears the music radiates a lot of warmth – like sitting close to a woodfire while the cold is raging outside.
I suspect this will not be the last we hear from The Fronzen Vaults, because the string/piano section combines beautifully with Pleq and Spheruleus’ electronics and field recordings.


Primary Locations

DARREN MCCLURE – PRIMARY LOCATIONS
While it’s a please in itself to simply listen to this album, it’s also important to know about its background concept: the relationship between sound and light.
For this album, Darren McClure converted the wavelength of  color ranges into corresponding audible frequency ranges: 397-431 Hz for red to orange, 464-497 Hz for yellow to lemon, and 598 to 665 Hz for blue to violet.
With these specific frequency ranges new music was created. This music was then linked to specific recordings from locations containing one of these primary colours: the main bridge at Matsumo Castle (Red), a metal overpass supporting train lines (Yellow), and a tarp-covered shed situated among farmland and rice-fields (Blue). The resulting pieces are fascinating ‘sonic snaphots of three sites, their ambience and the sound of their colors’ 


Fabio Perletta - Seeds

FABIO PERLETTA (∅E) – UNSEED
Unseed is the first release in a news series on Arboretum (a young experimental label from Berlin) called Hanami Series: one release every year between April and May. Hanami is a Japanese word referring to the tradition of contemplating the transient beauty of nature, and to help you contemplate the CD is bundled with some original japanese cherry tree seeds!
Fabio Perletta (also releasing as ∅eis an italian multimedia artist with a lot of experience in music as well as installation and performance art.
Unseed is created re-using and re-processing samples that were originally used for his 2012 album Transfer – an album exploring Affective Computing: ‘a sonic reflection about all affective phenomena which come out by the use of digital interfaces: the emotions are thus converted twice (reality-digital, digital reality).’
It’s an interesting thought: though this music is created strictly with electronic means it still definitely is affective music. Positive and light in nature, too – thus a perfect help for contemplating the transit beauty of nature!



FABIO PERLETTA – CHARM: HANAMI

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