Subespai is the solo project of Mauri Edo, a Sydney musician born in Barcelona. Subespai is the Catalan word for “subspace”, a mathematical concept that can also be interpreted as a reference to the multiple facets enclosed in the individual.
Walking the line between ambient, noise and drone music, Subespai paints experimental soundscapes by mixing acoustic and electronic audio sources with effect pedals, field recordings and other gadgets. Ranging from peaceful to dark and troubled, but always intense, the resulting pieces work as soundtracks for contemplative movie scenes yet to be written; blending in with the environment, challenging the listener to embark on a journey of introspection and feeling.
It all started with Carrers de Sydney, an auto-edited EP inspired by the author’s immigration to Australia. An opera prima where nostalgia and the anxiety of discovering a new city are channeled into three urban soundscapes, with equal parts of drone and analog ambient. After that, Subespai established links with the experimental music community, participating in compilations for multiple netlabels, collaborating with local artists and playing live mostly in Sydney but also around Europe.
After a busy 2018 with two solo releases and multiple collaborations and participations in diverse compilations, 2019 saw a new cassette release from Subespai: Faversham, a dark ambient drone & guitar collaboration with Leighton Arnold, published by chemical imbalance, a contribution to the “Recurring” compilation by Thesis Project, headlining the Open Frequencies event in July and participating in the Ultrasons festival in Spain in October, as well as other live events and tracks released.
And then, 2020 happened. The year of bushfires, floods, COVID-19, lockdown and quarantine. So far, Subespai has already performed live on streaming in the fantastic inaugural edition of #RuidoVíricoFEST, and who knows what else…
Beyond this, Mauri is currently preparing more concerts, working on further releases, and new collaborations with other local experimentalists. To keep updated of what’s going on, subscribe to the blog or better yet, follow Subespai on Facebook!
Photography: © Andrés Sanz Rivas 2017