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The New Unusual – Distractfold

You can listen this album on this page. Please also visit Distractfold's bandcamp. The New Unusual The New Unusual is a series of 11 short solo works commissioned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recorded in the homes of Distractfold performers between December 2020 - January 2021. Building upon their podcast series, Conversations from Quarantine, The New Unusual seeks to bring together composers, musicians and audiences from around the globe at precisely the moment that COVID-19 keeps us furthest apart. With the projects global reach presenting an exciting range of internationally recognised composers, including from the UK, Europe, the US, the Global South and the Middle East, Distractfold are excited to present this musical socio-cultural document...

1881 – Luís Antero

You can listen preview of this album on this page or buy it on our shop. Please also visit Luís Antero website and bandcamp. 1881 “The first expedition to Serra da Estrela took place in the year 1881, organized by the Society of Geography of Lisbon and had several distinguished members of this association: Dr. Martins Sarmento and doctor Sousa Martins. The objective was to carry out a scientific exploration of one of the most inhospitable areas of the country, very little knowned until then. […] This sound work is based on and inspired by the scientific expedition to Serra da Estrela, Portugal, in 1881. From it, I tried to elaborate an aural representation, based on...

Live Recordings – Ensemble Vertebræ

You can listen preview of this album on this page or buy it on our shop. Please also visit Ensemble Vertebrae website and Youtube channel. Live recordings This album is a very special collection of pieces recorded live by Ensemble Vertebræ in the United States, Mexico, France and Switzerland, between 2009 -year in which the ensemble was founded- and 2019. The album includes four pieces for flute and piano, honouring the ensemble’s original formation, and three pieces for chamber ensemble. The last one was recorded during Ensemble Vertebræ’s 10th anniversary tour in Switzerland. The ensemble has worked closely with all the composers from this album before performing the pieces, the majority of which have been...

Travelogue to Sichuan – Emmanuel Mieville

You can listen preview of this album on this page. Please also visit EmmanuelMieville's Bandcamp page. This album is available on download on our webshop. Travelogue to Sichuan The music is composed from field recordings made in China (Sichuan region), and south of Taiwan. Textures and electronic matter are composed with filters, bass synthetiser, and granular synthesis of wooden doors and chinese female voice.What hovers above these pieces is the spirit of freedom and faith in buddhism I have experienced during my travels.Freedom of movement is also a key element, when I travel and record in asian countries, in mountains like Emei-shan, a famous taoist and buddhist landmark in China, or in temples where lay people are...

ESSE Début – Eda Er & Simon Sieger

You can listen preview of this album on this page or go to our shop. You can also buy the CD here (for France) or here for Europe and world. Please also visit Eda Er and ESSE website. ESSE Début This is the first album by the duo. In these seven tracks, Eda Er and Simon Sieger explore the rich potential of their differences, in a very particular way. Soon after having met and decided that working together was almost as obvious as if it had been predestined, fate decided otherwise and the pandemic struck worldwide. Being isolated each in their country (France for Simon Sieger and Turkey for Eda Er), their only option was to...

Charred edifice shining – Distractfold & Mauricio Pauly

You can listen this album on this page. Please also visit Distractfold website, bandcamp, Facebook and vimeo. Charred Edifice Shining Performed by DISTRACTFOLD with Linda Jankowska on violin live samplers, and bit crusher; Emma Richards on viola, live samplers and pitch bender; and Alice Purton on cello, capsule microphone feedback manipulation, live samplers, pitch bender and spectral freezer. The piece was recorded by Sam Weaver between May 4 and 6, 2019 at the Carole Nash Concert Hall, Chethams School of Music in Manchester, UK. He was assisted by Sean Rogan. The recording session was co-produced by Linda Jankowska. Mauricio Pauly edited the recording and Murat Çolak mixed it. Murat and Mauricio produced it together. The master...

Trois pièces Levogyres – Jorge Sad Levi

You can listen preview of this album on this page or go to our shop. The album is also available in an octophony version on our shop. Please also visit Jorge Sad Levi website. Va-(a)u-tour(s) Commissioned by the Musical Research Group of París and composed in the studios of this institution. The movement of sounds evokes the threatening flight of these birds of prey, a metaphor for a country frozen in the circularity of its history. The return of the repressed - Persecutions, political prisoners. The circ.ular history of a cannibalistic country, which goes around its own shadow. Enclosed, (which in Spanish is the past tense of the first person singular of "to get sick") by...

Spiral Voice – Gustavo Chab

You can listen preview of this album on this page or go on our shop. Please also visit Gustavo blogspot or Facebook page. Spiral Voice A voice from the past come to the present as a Spiral in my mind. This voice is a brief chant in Ladino of my grandfather that emerge like a Spiral in the composition. This excerpt of audio was taken from a video of my family. This work tries to combine sounds that are related with “the voice of Sefarad” (past) and sounds of the present that sometimes come to my mind and appear in form of repetition with punctual sounds. 
Mixing sounds that appear in different manners trying to...

A distancia – ABC Trío

You can listen preview of this album on this page or go on our shop. Please also visit ABC trío website. a distancia For years we have been working on modes of collective construction, giving space to sound dialogues. Perhaps dialogue is one of our deepest socio-cultural debts. Dialogue with the diverse, implies being willing to listen to the other, to give them the possibility to present their arguments and always be open to enriching and even changing our ideas. The current covid-19 pandemic has prevented us from continuing our weekly pace of experimentation and face-to-face trials. This series of works, which we gather under the title "a distancia", were constructed telematically. Some gestures, such...

Miro a Miró – Gonzalo Biffarella

You can listen preview of this album on this page or go to our shop. Miro a Miró When walking through the rooms of the Reina Sofía Art Center in Madrid, one comes across large spaces dedicated to the works of Joan Míró. In general, they are pieces with energetic gestures and full of colors. One of them caught my attention. It is an "untitled" work, dated 1973. Its measurements are: 130 x 195 cm. On the white canvas, there are only 13 black dots. People in front of the work seem to feel compelled to express their comments aloud. These range from metaphysical reflections alluding to the "essential" of the work, to references...