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BEHRENS, MARC & PAULO RAPOSO - Hades

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: and/OAR and/25
Release Year: 2006
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.00


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"The Hades is the Greek god for death, and as you know you cross a river after you die, the Styx. The ferryman puts you on the next border. I'm not sure if this ferryman has a boat, but ferryboats are the theme of the collaborative release by Marc Behrens and Paulo Raposo. Over the course of three years they worked on this, with as starting point ferryboat recordings from Portugal. I only like boats when they have the size of a ferryboat, anything smaller makes me feel uncomfortable. But such a big sized ship makes me feel ok, and especially a longer period, say going from Germany to Sweden on the night ferry, makes me want to listen to the motor, the metal bangs, the air condition, the water. I understand the fascination of Behrens and Raposo fully and listening to this brings back the memories of the various trips I made. All of the familiar sounds are in here, and there are carefully processed by both musicians. 'Hades' is not just a plain recording of sounds of a ferry, but they compose with the material. In 'Crossing Out Of', the final piece on the album, they have some sorrowful tune at the bottom of the piece and scraping sounds on top. A beautiful contemplative piece. The others are equally strong pieces, less contemplative. 'Gate' for instance takes us to the ship's motor and after a pretty noisy intro, things are slowly silenced out in washes of the sea: the boat has left. This CD is a very fine example of how to treat field recordings in a highly intelligent way, an example to many, I'd say. Great stuff." [FdW / Vital Weekly]
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