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LOPEZ, FRANCISCO - Technocalyps

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Alien 8 Recordings ALIEN CD 77
Release Year: 2008
Note: soundtrack to the film by FRANK THEYS, the most "industrial" LOPEZ you have ever encountered...
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Intensiver Film-Soundtrack zum Dokumentarfilm von FRANK THEYS über "Transhumanismus" (2006) - eine Theorie, die annimmt, dass die Menschheit nicht mehr länger die antreibende Kraft der Zivilisation ist, sondern dass die fortschreitende Technisierung auf ein Ziel hinausläuft: etwas "Über-Menschliches" zu erschaffen, die Begrenzungen des Mensch-Seins zu überwinden, quasi als nächsten Evolutions-Schritt. In Genetik, künstlicher Intelligenz, Robotertechnik, Bionik & Nanotechnologie sieht der Autor die beginnende Umwälzung für
die kommende Herrschaft des Technischen, und beleuchtet die wissenschaftlichen, ethischen & metaphysischen Dimensionen des Phänomens über verschiedene Interviews (z.B. mit R.A. WILSON, TERENCE MC KENNA, MARVIN MINSKY..).
Der Soundtrack schafft zu einzelnen Themenbereichen des Films insgesamt 15 Stücke, die eine mechanisch-kalte Atmosphäre schaffen, selten hat man FRANCISCO LOPEZ so "industriell" gehört..

"Continuing his 'exploration of the universe of broad-band noise from the real world,' Francisco López delivers his latest tour de force, the original soundtrack to the film TechnoCalyps by Frank Theys. TechnoCalyps is a documentary in three parts on 'Transhumanism,' which deals with the subject of human beings no longer being the driving force of civilization. Director Frank Theys raises the question of whether we are prepared to accept the prospect that humanity is not the end of evolution. Francisco López' soundtrack compliments the film wonderfully. Anybody familiar with the sound art of the composer will understand why this is a sensible pairing. Francisco's ability to utilize everyday sounds that most people barely even notice, and transform them into sound art is quite astonishing. The original soundtrack opens with an intro that is based on repetitious industrial sounds that bring to mind heavy machinery heard from a distance. It is much more difficult to discern Lopez's source material on this release than on many of his previous works. While the recording features his trademark ebb and flow of quiet passages leading through crescendo to louder climaxes, the industrial nature of TechnoCalyps, makes it more difficult to absorb than many of his recordings centered on environmental recordings. The sound experience found on this latest recording can be compared somewhat to Lopez's highly-regarded Buildings (New York) which features recordings of the actual sounds of the buildings themselves. This is our sixth release with Francisco López and is packaged in a full color digipak featuring stills of the film TechnoCalyps." [label info]

"... Certainly something to watch one day, as the documentary sounds interesting, but the music itself is also quite interesting. Its a Lopez that we don't know. There are fifteen tracks here, short and long alike, and while probably having the original sound sources in field recordings, Lopez went to a great length to transform them into a mechanical, post industrial music. The sound of what the world may sound like after the apocalypse. Metallic rumble, sonic debris, stale wind over empty industrial sites, flickering lights. All the cliche images one could have while thinking of this pass in front of your very eyes. Cliche's, but Lopez does a fine job here. With lots of imaginative sounds depicting this new world of transhumans, and its certainly not something to watch out for. Music that is hardly comforting, but more a warning. An alien release." [FdW / Vital Weekly]