“Ma·Org Pa·Git” reviewed by Revue & Corrigée

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Deux pièces, enregistrées à Rotterdam dans l’église des marins norvégiens en 2012, utilisant orgue, guitare em ampli vox. La première, “Ma.Org”, comme son nom l’indique, est une pièce d’orgue, entrons segments. Tout d’abord un continuum, en un long déroulement, jusque’à la moitié. Puis dans la seconde section, des sons de soufflerie, comme des flûtes basses, et lentes, créent une respiration, qui enfle et prend son rythme de croisière, entrecoupée de sons concrets (bois, pédales). Un nouveau continuum compose la dernière section, très ambiant et mélodique, virant progressivement au répétitif, un peu à la Terry Riley, allant en s’étoffant. Le second morceau, “Pa-Git”, est une pièce de guitare, qui démarre sur le son voilé et un peu distant d’une boucle de saturation grise, tournant comme un ventilateur. Une basse lancinante, qui découpe le temps, vient se poser, tandis qu’une mélodie d’orgue se joue en arrière-plan, façon Soft Machine rencontrant Ash Ra Tempel. S’y ajoutent des résonances, et la trame s’épaissit, déroulant son tapis, relayée et doublée d’une guitare très krautrock qui s’achève dans des souffles gris. Un album court, de moins de 33 minutes, qui développe deux pièces au caractère plutôt enveloppant et mélodique, distillant une présence concrète, dans les souffles résiduels de tuyaux, de très légers à très présents, et tuant sur les contrastes entes des sons très nets et d’autres plus voilés et flous. Agréable. Emmanuel Carquille

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“Prevailing Wind, Tangled Under” reviewed by Touching Extremes

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Attributing a value to forlorn locations through the assessment of their resonant qualities represents a sort of transference of power. When a sound artist – presumably gifted with deeply perceptive features – sets conditions for a given structure to vibrate, the spontaneous generation of a different type of life occurs. The resulting interaction gains or loses strength according to contingent forces at work, but – sure enough – the hugeness of a reverberation is one of the few things able to connect the most audacious experiment to the realization of being, after all, extremely limited.

John Grzinich – assisted in some of these recordings by Simon Whetham and Arlene Tucker – is one of the best “men for the job” when it comes to producing sonic elements with a purpose from materials that would appear as good as dead to the average observer. In Prevailing Wind, Tangled Under he sensibly elected to let a water tower in Mooste, Estonia express its acoustic vigor without interruptions. A modicum of variety in the timbral gamut comes from what the mastermind describes as “crawling about, climbing, plucking, bowing, striking, howling, stringing and generally playing”. The 46 minutes reveal a practical harmonization between the human and the (theoretically) inanimate. Occasionally, a welcome complement – the chanting of assorted species of birds – introduces further suggestions beyond the ominous roars, wavering frequencies and various clangors characterizing at large the textural mass.

The whole transmits a sense of conscious persistence, in a way symbolizing an obstinate attempt to distil juices of critical energy in places where most people’s logic would suggest a refusal of possibilities. Molecules are everywhere, though; hence, our weight in the universal ambit equals that of a rock (or a water tower, for that matter). Better learn the lesson once and for all. Massimo Ricci

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Soon in Crónica: “Throttle and Calibration”

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Futurónica 171

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Episode 171 of Futurónica, a broadcast in Rádio Manobras (91.5 MHz in Porto, 18h30) and Rádio Zero (21h GMT, repeating on Tuesday at 01h) airs tomorrow, July 22nd.

The playlist of Futurónica 171 is:

  1. Fernando Godoy, Is the space empty, only to be filled with the energy of this voice? (2016, Is the space empty, only to be filled with the energy of this voice?, Crónica)
  2. John Grzinich, Prevailing Wind, Tangled Under (2016, Prevailing Wind, Tangled Under, Crónica)

You can follow Rádio Zero’s broadcasts at radiozero.pt/ouvir and Rádio Manobras at radiomanobras.pt.

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Soon in Crónica: “Throttle and Calibration”

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