Discos

Echospace ‎Liumin

Rod Modell y Stephen Hitchell son los productores detrás de Echospace.

Es todo un placer sumergirse entre los bajos sub-sónicos, los pads, sintetizadores profundos y entre la complejidad y riqueza de las grabaciones de campo que envuelven cada track de Liumin. Una joya del dub techno.

El sonido ambiente, que constantemente pasa desapercibido, esta lleno de detalles, texturas, ritmos y melodías que se vuelven protagonistas en este álbum. Cada track remite a un lugar diferente, a un paisaje con bajos contundentes y polirritmos intrincados de ruidos, texturas y samples de la ciudad.

Con el tiempo, los tracks van evolucionando de forma orgánica y la repetición perpetua del beat los va volviendo mas hipnóticos.

El segundo disco del álbum, “Liumin Reduced”, es una maravilla. Incluye 12 fascinantes grabaciones de campo de locaciones de Tokio. Esto dijo Rod Modell sobre esos field recordings, en una entrevista hecha por Headphone Commute:

The second CD in Liumin is a collection of atmospheric energy. When I wander around, looking for things to record… I pay close attention to way I feel more than what I actually hear. I believe wholeheartedly, that emotional energy, or the “chi” of a specific location can be captured through phonography… a sonic photograph of para-physical energy… energy of lifeforms that you can’t see. I can come home and play back a recording that I made of an area that had little-to-no sound, and with closed eyes… feel an avalanche of emotional charges and smells from the place. I think with a high quality digital recorder, recording WAVs at 24 bit 196khz, you pick up allot more than sounds. The portable recorder becomes a recorder of intangible energy. If you think about it from a physics point of view…. everything is vibration. Hyper-sensitive recording equipment captures this perfectly. Many of these vibrational energies are encapsulated on that second disc. 80% of the field recordings on disc 2 were made in strange places around Tokyo… definitely off the beaten-path. Locations where weird things were happening, or have happened in the past. There is actually some baffling sonic phenomena on that disc that I can’t explain. I think Tokyo is a highly charged area when it comes to metaphysical energy. To be honest… I haven’t listened to much music in the past several months around my home. Just constantly playing quiet environmental backdrops 24/7. Nature is the best composer. The ultimate LFO. Constantly morphing, and never sounding the same twice. Ever.

Escuchar estas estas grabaciones (con buenos audífonos) es una experiencia inolvidable. Un viaje entre ambientes citadinos envolventes. Cada track es diferente y evoca distintas sensaciones y imágenes.

Este album tiene la herencia de los sonidos de Basic Channel y GAS, pero méritos propios de sobra. Un álbum confeccionado por dos maestros de la electrónica en la cumbre de su oficio.

Liumin es una escucha que recomiendo totalmente.

Felt

 Nihls Frahm Felt

Nihls Frahm Felt

Después de leer el review de Headphone Commute de Felt, el ultimo álbum de Nils Frahm, decidí que esa sería mi primera compra en el iTunes Store de Colombia.

¿Clásica moderna? ¿Clásica contemporánea? Con estos géneros clasifican la música creada por compositores e interpretes como Nils Frahm. Canciones que publican sellos independientes como Erased Tapes.

Esta compra valió la pena. Escuchar Felt es un verdadero placer.

El álbum esta compuesto de piezas interpretadas por Nils en su estudio de Berlín y grabadas durante la noche con varios micrófonos muy cerca de los martillos, las cuerdas y las teclas del piano. Con esta técnica de grabación se perciben los microscópicos sonidos y cada sutileza de la interpretación. El ambiente, el crujir de la madera e incluso la respiración del músico se vuelven parte esencial de las canciones de Felt.

Todos los sonidos y ruidos que un productor musical o un ingeniero de sonido tradicional trataría de disimular o quitar de las grabaciones, son los que le dan riqueza a cada cancion y hacen de Felt un álbum singular y extraordinario.

En la página de Erased Tapes, Nils explica como llego a esta forma de grabación:

Recorded late at night in the reflective solitude and silence of his studio in Berlin, Frahm uncovers a new sound and source of inspiration within these peaceful moments: “Originally I wanted to do my neighbours a favour by damping the sound of my piano. If I want to play piano during the quiet of the night, the only respectful way is by layering thick felt in front of the strings and using very gentle fingers. It was then that I discovered that my piano sounds beautiful with the damper.

Las canciones tienen melodías que me traen memorias y recuerdos. Felt esta lleno de melancolía, belleza y ternura. El cierre del álbum con la canción More es magistral.

Aquí esta el preview del álbum

76:14

Global Communication es un proyecto de Tom Middleton y Mark Pritchard. Su álbum debut 76:14 es una obra maestra del Ambient y la música electrónica de los 90s.

 Global Communication 76:14

Global Communication 76:14

El titulo del álbum es su duración total en minutos y segundos, y cada track esta nombrado simplemente con su duración. Sin imponer títulos y conceptos el oyente es libre de interpretar cada track como quiera.

A partir de ambientes, efectos y múltiples capas de sintetizadores con diferentes texturas y timbres, Middleton y Pritchard construyen con delicadeza cada track. Es un álbum envolvente desde principio a fin. Es cálido, pero también oscuro. Evoca paisajes oníricos y monumentales.

Los tracks aparentemente simples, van revelando con el tiempo su verdadera complejidad ritmica, melódica y sonora.

Una indiscutible joya del género.

Este álbum merece ser escuchado (con audífonos) totalmente de principio a fin. Yo recomiendo apagar la televisión, el celular, desconectarse del Internet mediocre y sumergirse en el mundo sonoro de 76:14. Escucharlo de esta manera es un acontecimiento que puede cambiar la forma como uno escucha y aprecia la música.

76:14 es uno de los mejores álbumes de Ambient que he escuchado. Una indiscutible joya del genero.

Ambient 1

 Ambient 1. Music for Airports

Ambient 1. Music for Airports

Brian Eno, September 1978:

The concept of music designed specifically as a background feature in the environment was pioneered by Muzak Inc. in the fifties, and has since come to be known generically by the term Muzak. The connotations that this term carries are those particularly associated with the kind of material that Muzak Inc. produces - familiar tunes arranged and orchestrated in a lightweight and derivative manner. Understandably, this has led most discerning listeners (and most composers) to dismiss entirely the concept of environmental music as an idea worthy of attention.

Over the past three years, I have become interested in the use of music as ambience, and have come to believe that it is possible to produce material that can be used thus without being in any way compromised. To create a distinction between my own experiments in this area and the products of the various purveyors of canned music, I have begun using the term Ambient Music.

An ambience is defined as an atmosphere, or a surrounding influence: a tint. My intention is to produce original pieces ostensibly (but not exclusively) for particular times and situations with a view to building up a small but versatile catalogue of environmental music suited to a wide variety of moods and atmospheres.

Whereas the extant canned music companies proceed from the basis of regularizing environments by blanketing their acoustic and atmospheric idiosyncracies, Ambient Music is intended to enhance these. Whereas conventional background music is produced by stripping away all sense of doubt and uncertainty (and thus all genuine interest) from the music, Ambient Music retains these qualities. And whereas their intention is to `brighten’ the environment by adding stimulus to it (thus supposedly alleviating the tedium of routine tasks and levelling out the natural ups and downs of the body rhythms) Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think.

Ambient Music must be able to accomodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.

Escrito que aparece en el álbum Ambient 1: Music for Airports

Chasm

Ryuichi Sakamoto Chasm

War & Peace de Ryuichi Sakamoto:

Is war as old as gravity? If I love peace do I need to love trees? Are there animals that like peace and animals that like war? Is peace quiet?

Is making war an instinct we inherited from our hunting or farming ancestors? Were farmers the first warriors? Do we love without thinking? Do we do the right thing without thinking?

When children fight with their brothers and sisters are they learning how to make war? How do we test the limits of our bodies without war? Why do they compare war to a man and peace to a woman? Peace is unpredictable

Why is war so exciting? War is the best game and the worst life. Is peace the deadliest work? Is peace a time of tension?

What are the different kinds of victory? In a war? In a race? Is despair a solution? Why is it dangerous to say, “Never forget”?

Genial canción de Ryuchi Sakamoto, pionero de la música electrónica. compositor clásico y músico vanguardista.

Ryuichi has a vast range of musical endeavors; from pioneering early electronic music in his first group; Yellow Magic Orchestra, to globally-inspired rock albums, classical compositions (including a massive opera), and over twenty film scores. His catalogue even includes video game soundtracks, and mobile ringtones.  Almost as expansive is his array of prestigious awards; an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a Grammy, the Order of the Cavaleiro Admissão from the government of Brazil, and in July 2009, he was named an Officier of the coveted Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the government of France.

Su álbum Chasm es una joya, una obra maestra. Un álbum que mezcla la música clásica, el ambient y la electrónica con finura e inteligencia.

Escucharlo con audífonos es imperativo para poder revelar los detalles mas profundos que guardan estas composiciones.

Paciencia, tiempo y atención es lo único que se necesita para deleitarse con Chasm.

Plastikman Arkives

Ayer llegó mi encargo de Plastikman Arkives Reference:

Arkives Reference, the main personalized edition, features 11 CDs and 1 DVD. The deluxe packaging includes a slipcase with foldout sleeves for all 12 discs, plus a 64-page book that tells the Plastikman story in archival photos and a newly commissioned text. The set includes newly remastered versions of all six previously released Plastikman albums—Sheet One, Musik, Recycled Plastik, Consumed, Artifakts (B.C.), and Closer—and five further CDs of rare and unreleased material

La presentación es impecable. Ahora son 15 CDs y un DVD, el libro se ve increíble, muy bien hecho y trabajado.