Author Archives: Miguel Carvalhais

Philip Samartzis & Eric La Casa’s “Captured Space” reviewed by Dark Entries

Breekt het angstzweet u reeds uit wanneer u in deze tijd van lockdown denkt aan uw zomervakantie, die met de onzekerheid die er nog steeds heerst wel eens in het water zou kunnen vallen? De kans is groot. Moest een annulatie echt aan de orde zijn dan is de wetenschap dat u in het experimentele […]

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New release: Tamtam’s “A100”

A100, the sound of the Berlin city highway. The A100 is not just an infrastructural system occupying expanses of urban space, it is also a city-building force with massive physical, media and political presence. It generates a pulse of city life. It exerts influence over Berlin’s identity as a symbol of progress, of self-promotion and […]

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Síria interviewed by Fifteen Questions

“Síria was born out of the super power we have of transforming shit into magic and writing songs is a way to expand the palette of ideas, feelings and emotions,  some of which I prefer not to express outside the music / artistic context.” Read the full interview at Fifteen Questions.

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Síria’s “Boa-Língua” reviewed by The Moderns

Why do so few improvised recordings feature vocals? Here’s a theory. Part of improv’s appeal is the vulnerability of the artists involved. On-stage or in-studio, it requires a degree of self-assuredness that few of us can muster. This is what’s so often misunderstood about improvisational performance. The absence of written music does not make it […]

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New release: Síria’s “Boa-Língua”

Boa-Língua is the second album by Síria. It departs from her former work, Cuspo, using it as a foundation for structure and duration, while following very different pulses. Boa-Língua was made from recordings of practice sessions that were not originally intended to be used or worked as songs. Boa-Língua means “good tongue”, used in opposition to “má-língua”, literally “bad tongue”, a Portuguese […]

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Síria’s “Boa-Língua” reviewed by African Paper

So wie einem die besten kreativen Gedanken oft beim Gehen oder in der Badewanne kommen, entstehen die Releases von Sängerin Diana Combo alias Síria meist als Nebenprodukte kleinerer Arbeiten, die ganz unerwartet ein Eigenleben erhalten. So wie sich ihr erstes Album aus einer Auftragsarbeit heraus verselbstständigt hatte, ist “Boa-Língua” das Resultat einer der Stimmübungen, die […]

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Síria’s “Boa-Língua” reviewed by Vital Weekly

‘Boa-Lingua’ is the follow-up to ‘Cuspo’ (see Vital Weekly 1151). Siria is the work of Diana Combo and her main instrument is the voice, in combination with vinyl records, field recordings “and other sound sources”. The press release also mentions “Boa-Língua was made from recordings of practice sessions that were not originally intended to be […]

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Francisco López & Miguel A. García’s “Ekkert Nafn” reviewed by Neural

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Philip Samartzis & Eric La Casa’s “Captured Space” reviewed by Blow Up

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New release: Arturas Bumšteinas’s “Orgelsafari”

Arturas Bumšteinas started the Organ Safari project in 2007, compiling recordings of various church organs into a growing sound archive. These recordings are later used in various contexts, such as performances, installations, radio programmes, and releases such as this. The organ sounds in this album were collected in February 2017 in Saxony, Germany, when Arturas Bumšteinas, Gailė Griciūtė […]

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