Monday, 31 March 2014

Release: Articulação

31.03.2014: Editions Mego is proud to release Articulação, the latest work by Florian Hecker. Articulação deepens Hecker’s collaboration with Reza Negarestani, author of the libretto created for Hinge. In two distinct renderings this piece articulates a complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script - one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture - are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style.
Hinge* features the legendary artist Joan La Barbara as its main voice and is delivered in microtonal ly converging pitches with sparse sample accurate time lags, shifts and twists. The repolarizing phrasings of Hinge recall Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty as much as Beckett’s minimalist narratives. Here the listener may construct a hinge, a pendulation between the right and the left obelisks; embarking upon navigation and synthesis while tracing the chimeras of nature and culture.
In apparent contrast, Hinge** engages the disparate modalities of its sources, complicating any assimilation of their respective traits. With an insight on the complexities of Hecker’s chimerized pieces, Robin Mackay summarizes: According to psychoacoustical research, the brain functions that serve to identify the ‘what’ and the ‘where’ of a sound operate upon different timescales, a finding Hecker exploits to produce sequences in which the fine time structure of one voice is sheathed in the amplitude envelope of another, producing an entity that remains recognizable as a voice while being spatially delocalized and semantically scrambled, and which the listener must reconstruct as a unified yet impossible synthetic creature - a chimera.
Between these pieces, Modulator (... meaningless, affectless, out of nothing ...), reveals, in a structural and formal manner, the synthetic means of modulation and topological transformation that appear in disguise in Hinge**. In a sequence of short episodes and chronics Modulator celebrates the notion of sound as an Immaterial. Its syntheticness and modern generation occurring as a bottom up and top down process across different scales, exciting the human minds hallucination of objects on the basis of auditory cues, without obvious compounding of a narrative progression.
Articulação is an isolated masterpiece of text, sound and synthesis. 

Track Listing:

1. Hinge*
2. Modulator (... meaningless, affectless, out of nothing ...)
3. Hinge**

Total Running Time: 79 min 30 sec

* Voice: Joan La Barbara; recorded at the Hearing Science Laboratory, City University of New York, New York, NY

** Voices: Sugata Bose, Anna Kohler; recorded at the Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Articulação has been mastered by Rashad Becker and its cover design and the including 12 page booklet has been designed by NORM, Zurich. (press release)

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Event: The Art School, Glasgow

29.03.2014: Hecker, Cut Hands, Konx-om-Pax at The Art School, Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association 20 Scott Street, G3 6PE Glasgow 

Jack Wrigley &  Konx-om-Pax's laser trailer here:

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Event: The music of Bernard Parmegiani

23.03.2014: Performance as part of The music of Bernard Parmegiani, the UK's first major retrospective of the legendary French electro-acoustic composer. Alongside his acclaimed acousmatic pieces such as La Création du Monde and Dedans dehors, the three-day series featured guest performances from artists touched by Parmegiani's broad influence, including Florian Hecker, Rashad Becker, and Vessel.

Britannia House
68-80 Hanbury Street 
E1 5JL 

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Event: Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, D. F.

19.03.2014: Performance at El Nicho Aural, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, D. F.

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Event: Articulação, CD presentation, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon

7.03.2014: Articulação, CD Presentation and Talk 

Lumiar Cité
Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisbon

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