Francisco López: Machines

Francisco López: Machines
Label: Elevator Bath
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Elevator Bath is extremely pleased to present this new double CD set of
thematically-linked works from Francisco López, still unquestionably one of
the major figures of contemporary experimental music. Machines collects
four pieces recorded from 2004-2007, each of which is based upon sounds
of machinery (clocks, elevators, and various laboratory and factory equipment) 
gathered, respectively, in Amsterdam, Leipzig, Barcelona, and Riga.
 
Yes, these compositions are permeated by an 'industrial' sound, but these
are very subtle arrangements, even with a wide dynamic scope and with
silence playing a lesser role than in much of López’ output. There is a strong
rhythmic presence in these recordings, heavy with the weight of machinery.
Thick sounds held in crisp clarity. Blindfold or no, Machines offers an
involving listening experience, drawing the listener deep into the various
locales of its sources. And with a running time of more than two and a half
hours, this is a substantial and important addition to the world of absolute 
concrète music by one of the most distinguished and distinctive artists in
the field.
 
Packaged inside an elegant printed sleeve with a fold-out insert featuring
color photography by the composer. Printed with soy-based ink on 100%
recycled paper. This double compact disc set has been issued in an edition
of 500 copies."  (Elevator Bath)
 
Track List:
 
CD 1:
1. Klokken
2. Fahrstühle
 
CD 2:
1. Labs
2. Fabrikas
 
"Francisco López has often used mechanical sounds as source materials,
but never so exclusively or explicitly as he does on this collection of recent
works. The first piece, 'Klokken', is almost shocking in its transparency. It's a
montage of clock sounds, nothing more, nothing less, but its sonic clarity is
spellbinding considering the complexity of the soundworld it conjures - the
layers seem to go on forever. As always with López, the structural deftness
of the work allows the listener contemplative room for manoeuvre; it's
difficult not to get all metaphysical and start musing on the elasticity of time
once you're held in the piece's thrall. 'Labs', 'Fabrikas', and 'Fahrstühle' are
based on sounds from laboratories, factories and elevators respectively;
rather than zooming in on the mechanisms themselves, López seems
more interested in exploring the resonances they generate in their
respective locations."  (Keith Moliné - The Wire)
 
Release Info
Format CD x 2
Country USA

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