Thursday, November 27, 2014

THE RESTLESS DEAD & BIRD PEOPLE - Meet the Dervishes of Khartoum in a Confluence​-​of​-​the​-​Nile - FEF34

Chris Joynes: "The source recordings for this project come from around 3 hours of field recordings made in November 2004 at the weekly Sufi Dervish 'conference' that takes place every Sunday in the centre of the main cemetery in Khartoum, Sudan, which rests near the point of confluence between the White Nile and Blue Nile. 
The recordings sat gestating until spring 2008, when they were used as the basis for a Restless Dead event. On this occasion, the Restless Dead featured members of Jupiter Dogs, an improvising collective that operates as part of a small commune that has existed in East Anglia on an on-off basis for about 10 years, living on some land outside Soham. The commune is formed along religious/spiritual lines, specifically engagement with the mystic traditions of early Christianity as set out in the 1st-2nd century Gnostic Gospels discovered in Nag Hamadi in 1948, and also Islamic gnostic texts dating from around 800AD. 

This event involved playing an edited and sequenced version of the source field recordings on a loop though a small PA at Blue Arc (then based in a room above H Gees' on Mill Road in Cambridge) which the ensemble improvised along to continuously for about 7 or 8 hours, recording the results to minidisc through a single stereo mic placed in the middle of the room. This material was then shaped and edited down over the following three or four years, usually during empty periods spent in hotel rooms and airports, resulting in the 23-odd minutes of Side A. 

In 2013 this piece was sent to Feathered Coyote as a potential release, and was followed by the idea of recruiting Bird People to do a 'dub' version. However, on investigation, it was found that the 7 or 8 hours' of recordings from the Restless Dead event had been 'lost'. Since the original 2004 field recordings were still in existence, these were sent instead, and so, when Bird People went on retreat to Waidhofen/Ybbs, the field recordings were used as the starting point for their piece. There was little discussion over what would be produced, although some basic operating principles were agreed: 1. the recording should be made as part of one single event, rather than a series of 'takes' or overdubs; 2. all instruments should be wholly acoustic, although processing could take place after the event; 3. the final Bird People piece should be exactly the same length as the Restless Dead piece. The results are the 23-odd minutes of Side B."
Side One
The Restless Dead Meet the Dervishes of Khartoum in a Confluence-of-the-Nile (23:11)

Side Two
Bird People Meet the Dervishes of Khartoum in a Confluence-of-the-Nile (23:11)

Recorded, edited & produced by the Leith Hill Recordings Mobile Unit & Bird People November MMIV-April MMXIV
Khartoum, Histon, Cambridge, Asmara, Vienna, Waidhofen / Ybbs

Edition of 75

RASTREJO - Fractura de Miramientos - FEF33

Valencia's José Guerrero is a veteran of past and present bands such as Betunizer, Jupiter Lion, Cuello, Zener, and La Orquesta del Caballo Ganador. Rastrejo is his solo vehicle to explore various experimental tangents. 

This release delivers a sort of brutally minimal lo-fi dance exotica. Think Vega and Rev jamming with Sun Ra in a sleazy Mediterranean dockland club.

Side One
1) Estucato (1:20)    2) Malgastando Pubis (4:09)
3) Mi Querida Veleta (3:09)

Side Two
1) Me Gusta (1:50)    
2) Palitroque en tu Cara (3:21)
3) Mercader de Sencillos + Ballesta sin Fisuras (4:53)

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Recorded during June 2013 at Plataforma Continental Studio in Valencia, Spain. 

Edition of 75

ONDNESS - Surf e Performance - FEF32

Ondness is an electronic project by Lisbon's Bruno Silva. These murky loops seem unassuming until you're drawn into a subterranean vortex of mesmerising viscosity that occasionally coalesces into off-kilter techno.

Side One
1) Baxia de Crocodilo (6:18)
2) To Covarde (7:28)

Side Two
1) Thuja (7:46)
2) Curare (9:42)

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Mastered by Carlos Nascimento

Artwork by Sara Rafael

Edition of 75

CHIODATA - Dymensu - FEF31

Claudio Cisterna from Santiago has released a couple of fine tapes on Metaphysical Circuits under the name Jon Claudio. 

Chiodata is a new project that combines analogue and digital synthesis and editing in a style he defines as "baroque ambient".  The constantly shifting liquid palette of sounds reflects a multitude of points along the synth continuum, from 60s electroacoustic experimentation, to 70s Kosmische and the present day explorations of OPN.

Side One
1) Infliga Theoretical (4:13)
2) Croyances (4:32)
3) Cossiva (4:18)
4) Fidesea (4:44)

Side Two
1) The Gategua (2:28)
2) Autumnal (5:13)
3) Sagamor (3:42)
4) The Agalibu (5:11)

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All tracks by Claudio Cisterna. 
Santiago, Chile 2012-2013

Edition of 75