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Studies on Colour Field Modulation

by I/O - Carlos Santos and Ulrich Mitzlaff

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    Carlos Santos
    Electronics, objects
    Ulrich Mitzlaff
    Cello, objects

    I/O exists since 1998 and during all these years, we both played as an electro-acoustic duo, in the field of free improvisation and real-time composition. Besides playing in other constellations and contexts with many other musicians, the idea of the duo materialized constantly in concerts and performances. The concept behind this CD, namely, the piece “Blau”, the founding stone, came to be from one of these concerts, we were invited in 2014, to play as duo I/O at the Museum Vostell of Contemporary Art, Malpartida de Cárceres (Spain), in a Festival for Contemporary Music with almost 30 years of tradition.

    For the CD project “Studies on Colour Field Modulation” we recorded, a revised version of “Blau”, that works with everyday materials, in this case, aluminum wrapped around the instruments (Cello and laptop), that slowly get unwrapped, revealing a multitude of musical materials during the development of the piece, in an almost “performative” manner. “Orange” marks a more dialectic partnership between the musicians, composed in an electroacoustic context.

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Blau 18:50
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Orange 16:30

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Carlos Santos
Electronics, objects
Ulrich Mitzlaff
Cello, objects

I/O exists since 1998 and during all these years, we both played as an electro-acoustic duo, in the field of free improvisation and real-time composition. Besides playing in other constellations and contexts with many other musicians, the idea of the duo materialized constantly in concerts and performances. The concept behind this CD, namely, the piece “Blau”, the founding stone, came to be from one of these concerts, we were invited in 2014, to play as duo I/O at the Museum Vostell of Contemporary Art, Malpartida de Cárceres (Spain), in a Festival for Contemporary Music with almost 30 years of tradition.

For the CD project “Studies on Colour Field Modulation” we recorded, a revised version of “Blau”, that works with everyday materials, in this case, aluminum wrapped around the instruments (Cello and laptop), that slowly get unwrapped, revealing a multitude of musical materials during the development of the piece, in an almost “performative” manner. “Orange” marks a more dialectic partnership between the musicians, composed in an electroacoustic context.

Stuart Broomer says about this CD:
"Santos and Ulrich Mitzlaff have played as the duo I/O since 1998, and the two highly distinct pieces on Studies on Colour Field Modulation demonstrate the breadth of that collaboration. The first, “Blau”, was initially performed at a 2014 concert at the Museum Vostell of Contemporary Art in Malpartida de Cárceres, Spain. The recent realization of the piece heard here begins with the cello and laptop wrapped in aluminum foil and consists of an extended unwrapping, sounds beginning in the relative anonymity of rustling foil and muffled instruments, every sound in part metallic percussion. This gradually gives way to greater and greater varieties of instrumental and electronic sounds, which in turn give way to crowd noise, automobile engines and horns, in turn giving way to bowed cello with an increasing presence of processed surrogates and loops of automobile chatter and crowd noise. As with the expanding shruti box of Uncommon Symmetries, Santos’ expansion and alterations of Mitzlaff’s materials become a special kind of duo, traditions of call and response becoming here literal transformations of the earlier sounds until the effect is virtually orchestral, a complement of virtual cellos. Rather than being abstract or mechanistic, it becomes the most mutually attentive of performances, Mitzlaff responding to and developing the work in concert with Santos’ new materials.
The second piece, “Orange”, develops the remarkable synergy that concludes “Blue”, Mitzlaff initially creating an intense upper register pattern that activates the lower sympathetic resonance of the cello’s body. From there, Santos creates fields of droning resonant sound, picking up materials from the cello, expanding and supplementing them with his own battery of blips and whirrs and continuous sounds until the music is a rich field of strings and electronics, an electroacoustic trans-spatial orchestra seemingly hanging in a cathedral-like hyper-resonance, all interactions and meanings expanding exponentially."

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released July 30, 2021

All compositions by CARLOS SANTOS and ULRICH MITZLAFF. Recorded, mixed, mastered, and graphic design by CARLOS SANTOS.
Produced by CARLOS SANTOS and ULRICH MITZLAFF.
Executive Production by ERNESTO RODRIGUES.
Creative Sources Recordings
All rights reserved – 2021

Recorded at “Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa (OCP)” on 22nd and 23rd of September 2020, Algés/Oeiras – Portugal.

Thanks to Ernesto Rodrigues, Pedro Carneiro, Teresa Simas, Alexandre Dias, and Gabriel Lapas, and the OCP team for all the support and company on this musical journey.

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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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