and an interview!
Clara de Asís
Musée de Beaux Arts – Chapelle de l’Oratoire
Nantes – jan. 2016
Concert organisé par
Musica, ae – Drone Sweet Drone
Nocturne exposition Étienne Cournault ‘La part du rêve’
Two new offerings from the Pan y Rosas netlabel present different perspectives on making electronic music. One involves intuitive, moment-to-moment decision making, while the other draws inspiration from a systems-based aesthetic of autonomous processes.
Nununu is Marseille-based experimental guitarist Clara de Asís’s twenty-four minute, unedited single-take improvisation for prepared electric guitar. A continuously evolving soundscape, the piece begins with a low-key electronic hum or murmur that at times sounds like the rush of wind through telephone wires or the throbbing of airplane propellers high overhead. From there de Asís builds reverberant sound blocks into a thickness of layered echoes which eventually converge into a buzz and an unsettling, suspended chord punctuated by the metallic chiming of struck strings.
Caroline Park, whose 2013 release Rim explored the sonic products of generative compositional processes, here presents five pieces that begin with minimal musical materials which accumulate into larger structures through repetition, superimposition and variation. In Being States Park creates changing harmonic patterns by layering a handful of brief motifs of a few notes each; the larger melodic aggregates that result take on unpredictable shapes by virtue of the differing lengths and cycles of the constituent motifs. Plantlife and A Moth Is Born are made up of somewhat harsher sounds, the former sending its elongated tones riding out on a wave of static and the latter consisting of siren-like, dissonant glissandi. Fractured Barnacles is constructed around a pulsing sequence of changeable speed, while Gldufgsld closes the collection with a floating, consonant chord.
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kind words for nununu by clara de asís from the modern folk music of america.
recorded in a home studio in france ‘with no interventions’ other than panning the left and right channels, it is a spatial listening experience and the artist recommends using good stereo reproduction equipment. after listening to it, i’d say it’s worth it to sit down with it and plug it in to your system if you have the chance!
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clara de asís was born in 1988 in spain and now lives in marseille, france. she’s an electroacoustic music composer and an experimental guitarist. she explores two aspects of sound art: electroacoustic composition in the studio, and live improvised music on prepared guitar, which allows her to develop a sensitive and experimental practice of the instrument.
nununu is the documentation of an improvisation on prepared guitar that de asís created in january 2015 at a home studio in marseille (france). she applied different objects to her guitar in order to generate a variety of sounds and her physical gestures created specific sonic results. …to reach a continuity of the sound. …the notion of space and sound sculpture. …the room, the space affecting the sound.
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