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by Carlos Santos

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    The affect of Carlos Santos' electronics and recordings are the foundation of this Portuguese quintet's improvisations, creating an environment over which Ernesto & Guilherme Rodrigues on viola & cello, Eduardo Chagas on trombone, and Andre Hencleeday add subtle gestures of unusual approaches to their instruments, in a mysterious album of lowercase improv.

    Even for these players, the single nearly 41 minute track moves at a glacial pace, appropriate for the expansively murky underpinnings of Santos' contributions. Chagas blows into his trombone, Hencleeday strums inside the piano or plays a single resonant chord that decays naturally, as the Rodrigues' slowly slide their bows or strum nearly noiselessly. Hencleeday also uses a gong sparingly, and employs a megaphone in a strangling manner. Electronics gently whine above the noise floor, as the listener's curiosity mounts.

    It feels like something is around every shadowy corner, the tension is palpable yet mystifying. It takes impressive control, great creative skill, reliance on foreknowledge of fellow improvisors, and intense concentration to create sonic environments like these, especially at the length of a work like this. One could technically pigeon-hole this as non-idiomatic collective improvisation, but this quintet takes it to a deeper level, one that rewards the careful listener.
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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
Guilherme Rodrigues - cello
Eduardo Chagas - trombone
Andre Hencleeday - piano, gong & megaphone
Carlos Santos - electronics

Recorded by Andre Hencleeday on November 26th 2017
at O'Culto da Ajuda, Lisbon.
Mastered by Andre Hencleeday.
Mixed and Graphic Design by Carlos Santos.
Production by Ernesto Rodrigues.

released February 15, 2018


released February 1, 2020

CD version released on Creative Sources 498


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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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