Microtopies 2020

Just as it happened in 2019, I’ve contributed a sonic miniature to this year’s edition of Microtopies, the yearly open call from the Gracia Territori Sonor group, organisers of the infamous LEM Festival, aiming to collect and craft a sonic journey around the world made of one minute pieces.

This year, the compilation is made of 56 experimental pieces from 31 cities in 11 countries, all of them of great quality, including a piece from the late Víctor Nubla, the original soul of the organising group, who sadly passed away on March of 2020.

My submission for this year is called “Turons Blaus” and it sounds like this:

And here is the complete album, which you can stream / buy directly there, in Bandcamp, supporting local weird music initiatives like this:

“Faversham” on ABC’s “Trace”!

As a true-crime aficionado, it fills me with childish joy to have some of the Faversham tracks featured in the second season of the ABC podcast Trace, second season starting this week!

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Very happy to see how something we did together with Leighton Arnold circa 2017 is still alive and well. Many thanks to Mitch Soden from chemical imbalance for giving us the opportunity to release that work back then and to Marty Peralta to consider the music for the soundtrack of the podcast!

Shameless plug, still one physical copy left to buy, go get it! https://chemical-imbalance.bandcamp.com/album/edo-arnold-faversham-lp

“Vespertine Works” on Cassette Gods!

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Again, almost missed this review, which was back in November 2019. Anyway, Vespertine Works was reviewed by Cassette Gods, in a very nice review:

“The sense of loneliness is heightened in the middle of the night in a place where you’re surrounded by other people – you just can’t face it. But there’s an excitement too, so you venture out and discover what there is to discover.
It might be the perfect thing.

Read the full review here.

“City circles” @ Radia.fm!

Radia.FM is a group of radio stations bringing “new and forgotten ways of making radio” to the airwaves, all across Europe and beyond. The idea is: every week, an artist is asked to contribute a half an hour piece, and this piece is broadcasted once per participating radio station during the designated week.

Guess who is the artist selected for the week of 13th of July? Yours truly 🙂

The Radia network will be broadcasting my recent contribution to the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2020, a piece called “City circles: sound collage on urban canvas”, recorded live and entirely made with found sound. This means it will be broadcasted at least 20 times mainly around Europe but also online, in the US, Canada and even in San Marino!

You can watch the piece in video format below (courtesy of Matthew Syres on AV and Josh Paton on VJ), or get more information about the Radia show, its schedule and network in the link for this week’s program.

‘Hydromancy’ @ Llums de Tunguska

Llums de Tunguska is a fantastic experimental music radio program from Radio Ateneu del Clot (Barcelona). A random google search for something else revealed that Hydromancy (released in 2019 by the Audiotalaia netlabel) was featured in episode 160 of this amazing show, alongside some local legends, what an honor!

You can listen to the whole show below, my tracks (yes! two tracks!) show up in minute 47, but the whole thing is worth a listen 🙂

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Thanks Isabel & Joan for the air time!

 

Self Isolation Tapes (my 1st remix!)

It was an honour to be asked by Audio Obscura to provide a remix for one of his tracks in this Self Isolation Tapes project, where he tried to make sense of the Covid-19 lockdown between March and April 2020 in the UK.

I was fortunate to meet Neil in Norwich back in 2018, when we both performed at a Naviar Haiku Fest, we exchanged tapes and had a good chat, keeping more or less in touch after that.

I got asked to remix the track named “One day I’ll grow nostalgic for these days”, which is an equal parts beautiful as well as ominous exercise on sampladelia, turntablism and radio art. My remix picked up some hidden sounds in the track stems and turned them into protagonists, while keeping the radio art flair of the original work. This was my first remix ever, and what a great experience it was!

You can stream and purchase whole album here: Self Isolation Tapes.

And this is my track:

 

Hope you like it! And if you do, support Audio Obscura!

Triple review on Vital Weekly!

I almost missed this, but apparently, more than a year ago, the almighty Vital Weekly web magazine reviewed in one shot all my tape releases of 2018 (A Deafening Silence, Base and Vespertine Works).

The reviews of the work are okay, as in the music didn’t blow their hats off, but they seemed to like it, although there is a repeating theme about it not being particularly “new”, which is fair enough, especially for a site that regularly reviews works of forward-thinking artists and bands that I worship, like Machinefabriek and others.

Of all three albums, the best words are for Base, getting some praise for its deliberated and strategic approach to noise:

Not your usual harsh noise walls, but a rather interesting free play of distorted sounds, guitars and electronics alike, with freeform percussion. […] This is quite removed from the other two releases, which seem more considerate and controlled, whereas this one is chaotic and wild. Here is some noise that is familiar and fine, with that rough edge we all love some much. It is not the work of madmen going wild and wilder, but something done with some care and consideration. That’s how we love them best.

Happy to have my music been considered by “the oldest source for music reviews”. Read the whole triple-review here, at the bottom of this issue: http://www.vitalweekly.net/1148.html

Antihistamine 2019

Very happy to have contributed a track to this year’s edition of Antihistamine, the no-synth compilation by US cassette label Histamine Tapes!

Here’s my track, two and a half minutes of tape loops and layers of an effected lap harp, giving in to the darkness I carry inside:

 

You can listen, download and support the whole compilation (close to 50 short tracks!) from Histamine Tapes bandcamp page: https://histaminetapes.bandcamp.com/album/antihistamine-2019-ht031

Enjoy!