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by Carlos Santos

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    "Laptopper Carlos Santos is perhaps best known for his work with Paulo Raposo on the Sirr label, as part of the group Vitriol and on Insula Dulcamara. Kreis marks his debut on another Portuguese imprint with which he's become closely associated, Creative Sources. He's joined by CS boss man Ernesto Rodrigues on violin and viola, his son Guilherme Rodrigues on cello and pocket trumpet and Michael Thieke on clarinets on seven tracks of dense (but never muddy) improv. The most striking quality of the album is the uncompromisingly claustrophobic mix, courtesy Santos and Ernesto Rodrigues - Thieke's clarinet isn't so much in yer face as in yer earhole, and the rigorous hardcore extended techniques of Rodrigues père et fils mesh with Santos's electronics to create a seething web of information overload strangely reminiscent of Brian Ferneyhough's Time and Motion Study II (panning the cello to the left and the violin to the right makes a welcome change). Like their fellow improv travellers from the Iberian peninsula, Alfredo Costa Monteiro and Ferran Fages, aka Cremaster, with whom of course they've performed frequently (the world of improvised music is a very small one), the four musicians here have escaped from reductionism's eternal pianissimo cul-de-sac by climbing over the wall into an area of deserted wasteland once described by Eric Cordier as "soft noise". And there's lots to explore there."-Dan Warburton (Paris Transatlantic) ... more
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Quelque chose prie la patience des nuages, Falling into wide spaces, Transition Zone, Studies on Colour Field Modulation, MELT, A Silent play in the shadow of power, Uncommon Symmetries, Sur nos pas dans la clarté du jour, and 26 more. , and , .

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Ernesto Rodrigues: Viola
Michael Thieke: Alto Clarinet
Guilherme Rodrigues: Cello
Carlos Santos: Computer


released February 14, 2005

Recorded on 29 March 2004 by Diogo Tavares
Mix and master by Carlos Santos and ernesto Rodrigues
Cover design by Alfredo Costa Monteiro


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Carlos Santos Lisbon, Portugal

Musician, sound artist, sound collector, digital audio manipulator and graphic designer. Interested in field recordings, soundscape composition, improvisation and electroacoustic music. Uses maxmsp software, microphones, speakers, piezo elements, modular synthesizers, spaces and a pair of ears in good working condition. Works as a graphic designer, sound art practices, field recording. ... more

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