New CD available: AMORGOS SOUNDSCAPE by Nikos Theologitis / Stamatis Theologitis / Giannis Theologitis / Antoni Robert

A new and exciting project!
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Katapola 01:05
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Panorama 1 10:12
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Nikos 01:05
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Nikos 2 01:28
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Panorama 2 19:01
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Nikos 3 01:54
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Panorama 3 21:23
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Farewell 02:12

about

The notion of folk culture has definitely been transformed through the course of the centuries. More particularly, tradition and its authenticity and spontaneity in the context of orality seem somehow to have been mutilated and reconstructed, as soon as globalization and multiculturalism became one of the dominant discourses during the 21st century. Folk songs haven’t been an exclusion in this particular case, as revivalism and folklorism have emerged as a devastating force in the production of folk music. In “Amorgos Soundscape” by Antoni Robert, a paradox occurs: One could say that these folk songs are seen through the eyes of a foreign visitor and the recording could be seen as an exotic sound diary of a trip on a Greek Island. On the other hand, Antoni Robert’s recordings of the Theologitis’ family of musicians reveal an impressive approach on the concept of orality and its proud survival in the Greek folk culture.

Antoni Robert talks about Amorgos Soundscape:

“This is my fourth soundscape, but it is of a totally different nature with respect to the previous ones. Initially, I just wanted to proceed in a similar way that I did for the St Petersburg one, but once on the island, I realized that this idea was not adequate. St Petersbourg is a noisy place, while Amorgos it is not. Generally speaking, the island soundtrack is the wind and the sea. And at once the title “Wind on Water” came to my mind, but unfortunately, that title was already used by Fripp & Eno. But it was adequate indeed. I had the chance to listen to some goats also; the island is the hometown for a huge quantity of goats. So I was wondering about those simple things when it happened. It was dinner time, and we went to the small town of Tholaria looking for a taverna, and we found the Panorama Tavern. We started dining and at a given moment the musicians appeared and started to play great music from the islands. I recorded two complete sets, in two unforgettable nights. More than four hours of live performance. And I was said they do it every night. Once at home, while listening to that music I understood that it would have been inadequate to edit bits of it in order to build something more personal. The main feeling was a deep respect for the work of those musicians, and so the best thing to do was to choose two or three songs and use them as they were performed, in spite of the recording problems and the noise of the taverna clients. The only things I’ve added are the intro and the links between songs because wind and sea had to be there anyway. The results are a real soundscape of a dinner at Panorama Tavern, with the music played by three real artists. Stamatis Theologitis plays the violin and sings, Giannis Theologitis plays Laouto and sings, and the great Nikos Theologitis, 90 years old at the moment of the recording, and the owner of the tavern sings, claps hands, dances and explains jokes whenever he wants. I don’t know if I will reach that age. Probably not. But if I ever I’m 90 years old I want to be like Nikos. A happy man full of energy and passion. So this soundscape is a respectful tribute to The Theologitis Trio. It is their record. The rock band is The Cave Children, from Athens, included because our stay there coincided with a 4 days rock festival, and it was a part of the soundtrack too.”

credits

released July 30, 2017

Recorded in July 2016
Processed in September 2016

Nikos Theologitis: voice and clapping hands
Stamatis Theologitis: violin and voice
Giannis Theologitis: laouto and voice
Antoni Robert: production, field recordings, and effects

Photography: Antoni Robert
Artwork: BroodingSideOfMadness

ET116 An Etched Traumas release July 2017

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My new release! Tape Noise Groove.

Tapenoise Groove

All sounds obtained from electronic manipulation of background noise of audio tapes and vinyl records. I play no instruments in this work.

This is my second work in the “Hidden Pattern” series, dedicated to discover sound patterns in recordings apparently without them. In this case I’ve used as source just tape noise and used vinyl background noise. Previously I did it using a silent recording (Journey into the home of the pataphysical ghosts, Wet Dreams14, 2015). I find the resulting sounds mysterious and hypnotic, but the prospective listener has to bear in mind that the sounds contained in these recordings are JUST NOISE.
Listen to it or download it at your own risk from:

https://archive.org/details/hr092

 

RECORD OF THE DAY: EXOMUSIC 2 – Nieto, Piñango, Area, Robert, Díaz y nOn

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Interesting record showing the music of some alien cultures. A honour having been invited to participate by Victor Sequi, manager of ALINA Records, musician and a clever and proactive human being.

Dedicated to Mother AAOGGHAATH, the driving force of Proxima Centauri B.

You can free download this record from the following link:

http://alinamusica.blogspot.com.es/2017/05/exomusic-2-nieto-pinango-area-robert.html

 

Here it is! IMPROVISATION EMSEMBLAE by Zer0 de Conducta

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We have just published the IMPROVISATION EMSEMBLAE CD in a limited edition of 100 numbered and personalized copies in the graphic part, according to the tradition of the graphic work of the plastic artists. A small part of these 100 copies is available to anyone who is interested and wants to collaborate in the continuity of this project. For details, please send us a private message or leave a comment, and we will answer you. Thank you very much. ZER0 DE CONDUCTA

 

ZER0DECONDUCTA – #1

Montserrat Marfany – voice, percussion, slide guitar
offScope Jordi Buscà – guitar, bass, voice, effects & distractions
Sir Pere Canals – guitar, bass, percussion
Jaume Martín – guitar, synthesized guitar, percussion, glockenspiel, xylophone
Dr. Antoni Robert – synthesized guitar, bass, IC4039 synthesizer, percussion
Captain Enric Solà – drums, percussion, bass, distillates

Living Fast
Let’s Dance
Careful with that Fridge, Kike
The Secret
Lost and Adrift
Sweaty Bougainvillea
L’Origen
The Lost Sound of the Monolith
(69:33)

Barcelona, 2016

Zer0deConducta is a relatively new Barcelona six-piece, self-described as, “an improvised, experimental, electro-acoustic group” – a new project it might be, but it’s comprised of musicians and improvisers who’ve been around long enough to know what they’re doing. While the city’s free improv scene currently falls into two (very) broad halves – the non-idiomatic practitioners focused on pure sound and an often more minimalist ‘faction’ that tends to combine sound with visual arts (theatre, dance, performance, spontaneous painting/drawing)* – Zer0deConducta seem to be heading into different territory.
*(I’ll probably get into trouble for this simplistic analysis.)

Partly it’s their approach to creation which strikes me as stemming from more of a ‘jamming’ philosophy; i.e. not the kind of improvisation that seeks to avoid what has gone before but is happy to draw on the past to create something new. It often feels like songs are being constructed on the hoof, with clear rhythmic sections and repetition, resulting in a fairly instant payoff for the listener while retaining plenty of room for spontaneity (Let’s Dance is a good case in point).

Maybe it’s the instrumentation? No horns or reeds here. And the only instrument that might involve keyboard input is the synthesizer. Instead, the music comes from layers of guitars and bass, with drums, numerous percussive accents, and occasional vocal passages. But don’t imagine there’s any lack of improvisatory daring…

The disc walks a thin line between freedom and structure, managing not only to maintain its balance but also create improvisations that are very, very accessible. What’s more, the choice and ordering of the material seems to have been done with accessibility in mind – the listener is given a chance to become immersed in the music before some of the more challenging sounds and passages occur. In other words, this is a well-constructed album, a coherent listening experience. How refreshingly traditional – dare I type the words “crossover appeal”?

I have a much-prized 3-LP set, “La Ciudad Secreta – The experimental sounds of Barcelona 1971-1991” (Munster Records) and the mood of loose experimentation in some of Zer0deConducta’s music (e.g. the swirling psychedelic eddies of Sweaty Bougainvillea) is reminding me of some of those recordings, linking back to the past history (is there any other kind?) of improvisation and experimental music in the city. Nice.

And finally, the care taken with the music carries over to the packaging: all hand-crafted, individually stamped and a jet black CD with central sticker and faux-LP grooves – exquisite. By the way, the instruction on the CD is well-judged: “PLAY IT LOUD!”

With only 100 numbered copies available (well, 99 because #42 is mine, all mine!) the actual disc could be hard to find.

 

New comment:

Luis Pita Moreno
Ayer a las 10:35 ·
Zer0deConducta | #1 .
Ya tengo mi ejemplar (37/100) de esta preciosa y cuidada edición numerada del disco de Zer0de Conducta, ensemble de improvisación. Un disco que no es para bailar, ni para tener de fondo mientras lees, ni para hacer una escena de sofá, a menos que quieras hacer una escena de sofá cubista… Es un disco para escuchar. Un trabajo magnífico que demuestra la habilidad de estos maestros de la improvisación contemporánea, a los que desde luego sería interesante ver navegar por terrenos minimalistas y ambient, más meditativos, porque creo que tendrían mucho que aportar.

Trance two: Remote Planet Seaside Echoes by Antoni Robert (2017)

TRANCE MUSIC
Thrmn 011
2017

Mi intención es que escuchando este trabajo (y más todavía viéndolo y escuchándolo al mismo tiempo) uno experimente un “trance” que conlleve necesariamente una suspensión del sentido del tiempo y unas sensaciones muy primordiales. La manera ideal de experimentarlo es viendo el video en una pantalla grande, con dos muros de altavoces a los lados, a volumen alto y la habitación a oscuras. De este modo uno puede sentir con la suficiente intensidad el latido del Sol y vibrar con él, quizás como oíamos y sentíamos los latidos del corazón de nuestra madre antes de nacer. De modo parecido podemos sumergirnos en un momento en el que la vida bulle en el agua de un planeta lejano, como lo hizo en el nuestro hace muchos años. Y precisamente en el momento en que la vida lucha por salir del Mar y conquistar la Tierra. Sol, Mar y Tierra son los objetos de la meditación que propone este trabajo. Y como toda meditación debe ser realizada sin tiempo; con una suspensión del sentido del tiempo. Porque probablemente el tiempo no existe, y pasado, presente y futuro conviven en un solo instante eterno.

My intention is that by listening to this work (and still more watching and listening to it at the same time) one experiences a “trance” that necessarily entails a suspension of the sense of time and very primordial sensations. The ideal way to experience it is by watching the video on a large screen, with two walls of speakers on the sides, at high volume and the room in the dark. In this way one can feel the heartbeat of the Sun and vibrate with it with enough intensity, perhaps as we heard and felt our mother’s heartbeat before birth. In a similar way we can immerse ourselves in a moment in which life strugles in the water of a distant planet, as it did in ours many years ago. And precisely at the moment when life struggles to leave the Sea and conquer the Earth. Sun, Sea and Earth are the objects of meditation proposed by this work. And as all meditation must be done without time; With a suspension of the sense of time. Because time probably does not exist, and past, present and future coexist in a single eternal moment.
Antoni Robert (Barcelona, 1954) studied astrophysics and quantum physics. He holds a PhD by Barcelona UPC. Always interested in experimental music and creativity methodologies such as “lateral thinking”, he had his own record label from 1990 to 2000, releasing more than 35 cd’s. In 2015 he decided to start producing his own sound projects. His work is based on field recordings processing, and synthesyzed electric guitar, and strongly influenced by some dark ambient masters.

Antoni Robert (Barcelona, 1954) estudió astrofísica y física cuántica. Es físico y Doctor por la Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Siempre interesado en la música experimental y en las metodologías de estímulo de la creatividad, como el “pensamiento lateral”, tuvo su propio sello discográfico desde 1990 hasta 2000, publicando más de 35 cd’s. En 2015 decide empezar a producir sus propios proyectos sonoros.
Su trabajo se basa en el procesado de grabaciones de campo, y en la guitarra sintetizada, y está fuertemente influenciado por algunos de los maestros del dark ambient, como Brian Eno y Roedelius.

Discografía:
7 Berlin S-Bahn stations on the way to listen to Achim (Hazard Records 87, 2015).
Journey into the home of the pataphysical ghosts (Hidden Pattern #1) (Wet Dreams14, 2015)
Train Pieces (Hazard Records 89, 2016)
Meditation Ragas (WetDreams19, 2016)
San Petersburg Soundscape (Thrmn 007, 2016)
Music for Slumbers (with Rafael Pacha), (Tibprod064, 2016)

Trance One: Heartbeat of the Sun, by Antoni Robert (2017)

Mi intención es que escuchando este trabajo (y más todavía viéndolo y escuchándolo al mismo tiempo) uno experimente un “trance” que conlleve necesariamente una suspensión del sentido del tiempo y unas sensaciones muy primordiales. La manera ideal de experimentarlo es viendo el video en una pantalla grande, con dos muros de altavoces a los lados, a volumen alto y la habitación a oscuras. De este modo uno puede sentir con la suficiente intensidad el latido del Sol y vibrar con él, quizás como oíamos y sentíamos los latidos del corazón de nuestra madre antes de nacer. De modo parecido podemos sumergirnos en un momento en el que la vida bulle en el agua de un planeta lejano, como lo hizo en el nuestro hace muchos años. Y precisamente en el momento en que la vida lucha por salir del Mar y conquistar la Tierra. Sol, Mar y Tierra son los objetos de la meditación que propone este trabajo. Y como toda meditación debe ser realizada sin tiempo; con una suspensión del sentido del tiempo. Porque probablemente el tiempo no existe, y pasado, presente y futuro conviven en un solo instante eterno.

My intention is that by listening to this work (and still more watching and listening to it at the same time) one experiences a “trance” that necessarily entails a suspension of the sense of time and very primordial sensations. The ideal way to experience it is by watching the video on a large screen, with two walls of speakers on the sides, at high volume and the room in the dark. In this way one can feel the heartbeat of the Sun and vibrate with it with enough intensity, perhaps as we heard and felt our mother’s heartbeat before birth. In a similar way we can immerse ourselves in a moment in which life strugles in the water of a distant planet, as it did in ours many years ago. And precisely at the moment when life struggles to leave the Sea and conquer the Earth. Sun, Sea and Earth are the objects of meditation proposed by this work. And as all meditation must be done without time; With a suspension of the sense of time. Because time probably does not exist, and past, present and future coexist in a single eternal moment.

 

Publicado por Thrmnphone Net-label

Thrmn 011 2017

https://thrmnphone.wordpress.com/

 

New Release: TRANCE MUSIC

I’m glad to announce the release of this work of mine, under Thrmnphone label.

Is this a work I’m specially satisfied with. If you want you can listen just to the sound, or watch the video with the music. I think it makes better sense with the video.

Mi intención es que escuchando este trabajo (y más todavía viéndolo y escuchándolo al mismo tiempo) uno experimente un “trance” que conlleve necesariamente una suspensión del sentido del tiempo y unas sensaciones muy primordiales. La manera ideal de experimentarlo es viendo el video en una pantalla grande, con dos muros de altavoces a los lados, a volumen alto y la habitación a oscuras. De este modo uno puede sentir con la suficiente intensidad el latido del Sol y vibrar con él, quizás como oíamos y sentíamos los latidos del corazón de nuestra madre antes de nacer. De modo parecido podemos sumergirnos en un momento en el que la vida bulle en el agua de un planeta lejano, como lo hizo en el nuestro hace muchos años. Y precisamente en el momento en que la vida lucha por salir del Mar y conquistar la Tierra. Sol, Mar y Tierra son los objetos de la meditación que propone este trabajo. Y como toda meditación debe ser realizada sin tiempo; con una suspensión del sentido del tiempo. Porque probablemente el tiempo no existe, y pasado, presente y futuro conviven en un solo instante eterno.

My intention is that by listening to this work (and still more watching and listening to it at the same time) one experiences a "trance" that necessarily entails a suspension of the sense of time and very primordial sensations. 
The ideal way to experience it is by watching the video on a large screen, with two walls of speakers on the sides, at high volume and the room in the dark. In this way one can feel the heartbeat of the Sun and vibrate with it with 
enough intensity, perhaps as we heard and felt our mother's heartbeat before birth. In a similar way we can immerse ourselves in a moment in which life strugles in the water of a distant planet, as it did in ours many years ago. 
And precisely at the moment when life struggles to leave the Sea and conquer the Earth. Sun, Sea and Earth are the objects of meditation proposed by this work. And as all meditation must be done without time; With a suspension 
of the sense of time. Because time probably does not exist, and past, present and future coexist in a single eternal moment.

You can download sound and video following the link:

http://thrmnphone.thrmnphone.com/catalogo/thrmn011-antoni-robert-trance-music/

Trances

No todos tenemos la oportunidad de asistir a un viaje tan difícil como aproximarnos al sol, o las entrañas del mar…pero este trabajo de Antoni Robert nos facilita un pasaje privilegiado a esas sensaciones por medio de música y también de imágenes, todo dentro de una desbordante imaginación creativa. En Trance Music , propuesta muy diferente a su anterior Saint Petersburg Soundscape de esta web, Antoni Robert cambia lo cotidiano de una ciudad por “objetos de la meditación” como son el sol, el mar y la tierra. Esta edición incluye una versión en vídeo y se recomienda seguir las instrucciones del autor.