Thursday, July 8, 2010

VV.AA. - Physical, Absent, Tangible






Five names selected for the first title in CD format on "Contour Editions", relatively young label run by Richard Garet.
The catalogue also includes a section devoted to online releases and another one related to visual elaborations.
Just a year ago Richard (acclaimed sound artist who enjoys high esteem and needs no further introduction - his discography here) chose to carry out the project of a record label, a good place where to amplify his visions, a laboratory of new extensions able to represent his personal concepts of aural perception.
“Physical, Absent, Tangible” is an excellent starting point, formed by contributions which promptly succeed in materializing Garet’s ambitions.

Canadian composer i8u (see here) opens the disc: “Rarefaction” is a long, bumpy navigation constellated by short interruptions and abnormal signals which interfere with the main theme. Quite nonlinear, progressively unpredictable, it evolves into delicate shades of sound, randomly hit by sinewaves.
More density in the second half, a sinister landscape as background, some insertions, processed lines, always in a whisper. Great assemblage and stratification of layers.

Seattle based phonographer Christopher DeLaurenti provides the second and third track. “Sigil” wiggles between noise-oriented iterations and sombre tonalities; also noticeable are whirling effects, employed to emphasize the tones. Some passages are heavily affected by manipulations, some patterns deftly juxtaposed, the whole gives an idea of expansion.
A negligible gap leads to “Nictating”, whose break-in is truly disruptive: a resounding rumble and measured impulses rush in parallel, immutable, beating time, for some moments. A slight change of scenery follows, elements of variability are added, all instances become almost imperceptible, the depth of field more palpable.

The next eight tracks come from Venezuelan Gil Sansón (essayist and composer, meaningful presence in the project EA, shared with Garet, Owen, Arno, Graydon and Gonçalves). Eight movements as product of digital sequences and raw recordings, imprints of musique concrète, sketches of organic shapes. Gil uses effective techniques that transpose the listener into open-ended spaces, by (de)structuring the visible: a cinematic (re)construction of familiar places we will never visit.

A weather event (the Santa Rosa storm) as primary source for the last track. Brian Mackern & Gabriel Galli (both from Uruguay) deal with/manage electromagnetic phenomena occurred on the occasion: interferences picked up by radio reception systems are connected with morse code blips, vocal registrations and looped interludes. The piece has a striking impact, passes through phases of transformation, reaches unexpected levels of outspoken melody.

Collection of works substantially in line with the strategies pursued by Garet, despite a strong and variegated personality of the contributors, which offers exciting prospects for the future of the label.

Label: Contour Editions
Cat. #: ce.cd_0001
Format: CD-R
Release date: 02/2010

Tracklist:
01 - i8u - Rarefaction (11:31)
02 - Christopher DeLaurenti - Sigil (05:25)
03 - Christopher DeLaurenti - Nictating (11:00)
04 - Gil Sansón - La Montaña Se Ha Ido 1 (02:59)
05 - Gil Sansón - La Montaña Se Ha Ido 2 (03:41)
06 - Gil Sansón - La Montaña Se Ha Ido 3 (02:15)
07 - Gil Sansón - La Montaña Se Ha Ido 4 (04:20)
08 - Gil Sansón - La Montaña Se Ha Ido 5 (00:43)
09 - Gil Sansón - La Montaña Se Ha Ido 6 (01:26)
10 - Gil Sansón - La Montaña Se Ha Ido 7 (01:09)
11 - Gil Sansón - La Montaña Se Ha Ido 8 (02:58)
12 - Brian Mackern & Gabriel Galli - 34s56w / Temporal De Santa Rosa (14:24)

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i8u’s discography:

here

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Christopher DeLaurenti's discography:
  • Three Camels For Orchestra And Other New And Weird American Music (1995, American Archives Recordings, AAR003)
  • N30: Live at the WTO Protest November 30, 1999 (2000, unAmerican Archive, 005)
  • 57 Minutes To Silence (2002, Electroshock Records, ELCD 029) (w/ Artemiy Artemiev)
  • Sand Point Sound Gazetteer (2003, Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange, --)
  • The Night I Met Maria C___ (2003, Locust Music, LOCUST 34)
  • Live In New York At The Republican National Convention Protest (2005, unAmerican Archive / Real Change, 006 / --)
  • Favorite Intermissions: Music Before & Between Beethoven-Holst-Stravinsky (2007, GD Stereo, GD019) (reissued 2008)
  • Wallingford Food Bank (2008, Public Record, 2.06.001)
  • Found Soundscape: C-SPAN Presidential Inauguration, January 20, 2009 (2009, and/OAR, and.p34)
  • Heavy Analog Electronics Vol. I (2010, Banned Production, bp148) (w/ Stefan Tcherepnin)
  • Of Silences Intemporally Sung: Luigi Nono's Fragmente-Stille, An Diotima (2011, Reductive, No 4)
  • Perforate Silence (2011, Spectropol Records, SpecT 06)   
  • Bleed The Capacitors: Heavy Analog Electronics Vols. 2 And 3 (2011, Draft, D015) (w/ Stefan Tcherepnin)
  • Phonopolis: Urban Field Recordings Vol. 1 (2013, Masters Chemical Society, MCS104) 
  • To The Cooling Tower, Satsop (2015, GD Stereo, GD024)
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Christopher DeLaurenti appears on:
  • The Phonographers Union - Live On Sonarchy Radio (2003, Accretions Records, ALP-033 CD)
  • Infernal Noise Brigade - L'étincelle / Manguera (2005, Post World Industries, --)
  • Yann Novak - Relocation.Catalog (2009, smlEditions, --)
  • Seattle Phonographers Union - Seattle Phonographers Union (2009, and/OAR / Mimeomeme, and/mim1)
  • Wyndel Hunt - Sunshine Noir (2010, Dragon's Eye Recordings, de5027)
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Christopher DeLaurenti's tracks appear on:
  • VV.AA. - Electroacoustic Music. Vol. V (2000, Electroshock Records, ELCD 013) track: Let Me Tell You About Tiger
  • VV.AA. - Owasso Night Atlas (2000, Infrasound Collective, INFCD003) track: Sylvian's Wood
  • VV.AA. - Phonography.org 1 (2001, phonography.org, pho/1) track: Riding the 44 Back To Ballard
  • VV.AA. - Phonography.org 2 (2002, phonography.org, pho/2) track: DFW
  • VV.AA. - Hearing Place (2003, Move, MD3275) track: Your 3 Minute Mardi Gras
  • VV.AA. - Phonography.org 4 (2003, phonography.org, pho/4) track: Railroad Storm Drain
  • VV.AA. - The Allegorical Power Series Volume IV (2003, Antiopic, ANMP023-031) track: Attempting Anthem
  • VV.AA. - People Doing Strange Things With Electricity Too (2005, Comfort Stand Recordings, csr054) track: Attempting Anthem
  • VV.AA. - Il Programma Di Religione (2005, Boyarm / Slight Record, arm09cd / SR002) track: St. Victor I (189-199)
  • VV.AA. - What More Do You Need Than A Recorder? (2007, Ambolthue Records, AMBOLT-12) track: Bard Swings
  • VV.AA. - Fifteen Sounds Of The War On The Poor, Vol.1 (2008, Public Record, 2.06.002) track: The Temporary Home Of Tent City 4 (Seattle)
  • VV.AA. - Physical, Absent, Tangible (2010, Contour Editions, ce.cd_0001) tracks: Sigil, Nictating 
  • VV.AA. - Mandorla Autumn Soundscapes II (2014, Mandorla Netlabel, MNL 030) track: Blue Evening Played On The Flap-O-Phone 
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Gil Sansón’s discography:
  • EA - Balancing Act With Controlled Dynamics (2006, Winds Measure Recordings, wm05)
  • EA - Balancing Act With Controlled Dynamics: Take Two (2008, CONV, CNV47)
  • Por La Adversidad A Las Estrellas (2009, Contour Editions, ce.onl_0001)
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Gil Sansón’s
tracks appear on:
  • VV.AA. - Physical, Absent, Tangible (2010, Contour Editions, ce.cd_0001) tracks: La Montaña Se Ha Ido 1-8
  • VV.AA. - V-p V-f Is V-n - cs02 (2010, Winds Measure Recordings, wm20)
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Contour Editions - Catalogue:

Physical Releases:

VV.AA. - Physical, Absent, Tangible
















Cat. #: ce.cd_0001
Format: CD-R
Release date: 02/2010

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Alfredo Costa Monteiro + Ben Owen - Frêle À Vide
















Cat. #: ce.cd_0002
Format: CD-R
Release date: 02/2011

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Jim Haynes - Kamchatka
















Cat. #: ce.cd_0003
Format: CD-R
Release date: 08/2012

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Andy Graydon - Unterwegs

















Cat. #: ce.cd_0004
Format: CD-R
Release date: 05/2013

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Andrea Borghi - Salnitter

















Cat. #: ce.cd_0006
Format: CD-R
Release date: 10/2015

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Richard Garet - Blank Tape Positive

















Cat. #: ce.cd_0007
Format: CD-R
Release date: 10/2013

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Richard Garet + Asher Thal-Nir - Melting Ground
















Cat. #: ce.dvd_0002
Format: DVD-R
Release date: 02/2011

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Online Releases:

Gil Sansón - Por La Adversidad A Las Estrellas
















Cat. #: ce.onl_0001
Format: File, Mp3, 192k
Release date: 06/2009



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Christoph Limbach - begin_ if _ (1)
















Cat. #: ce.onl_0002
Format: File, Mp3, 192k
Release date: 11/2009



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EA - Variations
















Cat. #: ce.onl_0003
Format: File, Mp3, 192k
Release date: 05/2010



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Chuck Bettis - Arctic Oscillations
















Cat. #: ce.onl_0004
Format: File, Mp3, 192k
Release date: 10/2010



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Juan Matos Capote - Conos Rotos
















Cat. #: ce.onl_0005
Format: File, Mp3, 192k
Release date: 09/2011



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David Velez - La Ciudad De Tar
















Cat. #: ce.onl_0006
Format: File, Mp3, 192k
Release date: 10/2011



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Suzanne Thorpe & Philip White - Balancing Act
















Cat. #: ce.onl_0007
Format: File, Mp3, 192k
Release date: 12/2011



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Alfredo Marin - Eunuch
















Cat. #: ce.onl_0008
Format: File, Mp3, 192k
Release date: 12/2011



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Andy Graydon - Erased Cage

















Cat. #: ce.onl_0009
Format: File, Mp3, 128k
Release date: 05/2013



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Evidence - Visuals

















Cat. #: ce.onl_0010
Format: File, Mp3, 320k
Release date: 07/2013



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Richard Garet - Live Recordings

















Cat. #: ce.onl_0011
Format: File, Mp3, 320k
Release date: 02/2015



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Wolfgang Gil - Quantum

















Cat. #: ce.onl_0012
Format: File, Mp3, 320k
Release date: 07/2016



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Screening Releases:

Kamran Sadeghi - voltagemotion_1
















Screening Project: ce.scr_0001
Release date: 2009

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David Linton - relational mandala 2010_01. video frame
















Screening Project: ce.scr_0002
Release date: 2010

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Adam Kendall - Ian/Keith/Roof
















Screening Project: ce.scr_0003
Release date: 2010

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Katherine Liberovskaya - Frogfields
















Screening Project: ce.scr_0004
Release date: 10/2010

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Shimpei Takeda / Melissa Clarke - Salt Water
















Screening Project: ce.scr_0005
Release date: 11/2011

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David Baker - Sotto Voce
















Screening Project: ce.scr_0006
Release date: 2012

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Andy Graydon - Untitled (Contour)
















Screening Project: ce.scr_0007
Release date: 05/2013

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Daniel Neumann & Richard Garet - March 16, 2016



Screening Project: ce.scr_0008
Release date: 08/2016

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Links:
Brian Mackern
Christopher DeLaurenti
Gabriel Galli
Gil Sansón
i8u
Contour Editions

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