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TORAL, RAFAEL - Space Elements Vol. 1

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Taiga Records TAIGA 3
Release Year: 2008
Note: vinyl version (CD on Staubgold), clear vinyl; LAST COPY!
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"Bis Ende der 90er hatte sich der portugiesische Musiker mit Gitarren-Drones auseinandergesetzt. Mittlerweile hat Toral um den fr ihn paradigmatischen Begriff Space ein ganzes post-Free-Jazz-in-Elektronik-Universum kreiert und dies auf zahlreichen Vs dokumentiert. Als einer der wesentlichen Gitarristen der 90er angesehen, arbeitete er u.a. mit J. Zorn, J. O'Rouke, Sonic Youth, MIMEO oder Alvin Lucier. Auf dieser CD entschlackt Toral Musik soweit, bis nur noch arrangierte Sounds brig bleiben. Sein Vorteil ist es, dass dabei keine eklektische Futzelelectronica herauskommt, sondern ein durchaus abgefeimtes Setting, in dem Reste von Jazz und - mit etwas gutem Willen - auch Swing auszumachen sind. Klarerweise auf heutige Verhltnisse gemnzt. Mit dabei: Rute Praa (Cello), Margarida Garcia (b.), Csar Burago (dr.) und Torals Langzeitkumpel, der Taschentrompeter Sei Miguel. Ernste Musik mit hohem Spafaktor." [Heinrich Deisl / SKUG]

"The Space Program is Rafael Torals long-term research project launched in 2004, through which he has unearthed an innovative approach and a complete re-thinking of how electronic music is conceived and experienced. Using custom experimental instruments, Toral performs electronic music concerned with phrasing and swing and performing strange melodies with physicality, movement and gesture in flux. The result is something youre unlikely to have heard before, a kind of alien electronic jazz. After the acclaimed, orchestral Space and the following Space Solo 1, this is the first volume of the Space Elements series, each release being focused on one kind of instrument, on small settings and including collaborations. Space Elements Vol. I features Rute Praa (cello), Margarida Garcia (electric double-bass), Sei Miguels amazing percussionist Csar Burago, and David Toop (flute), besides a short appearance by Sei Miguel himself. From Torals liner notes: Having found that jazz is the field of musical knowledge where disciplined decision-making is most developed, this music is more informed by jazz than by any other. The Space Program emphasizes articulating silence and sound, by structuring musical discourse on experimental instruments with a simple and clear sonic identity. To my surprise I found no historical precedents to this practice, being that it draws practically no information from electronic music history (which is grounded on different thinking patterns), and it draws very little from jazz history as well, since the instruments I use are inadequate to play any music based on the Western system. I regard this approach to jazz (meaning a system of individual decision-making from the standpoint of free-spectrum live electronics) as a new and exciting field of creative possibilities. I called it post-free jazz electronic music.
Space Elements Vol. I was mastered direct to metal and pressed on clear 200gram virgin-vinyl in a limited edition of 500 copies. The jacket was designed by Helder Luis at NOTYPE and features a collage by contemporary artist Joao Paulo Feliciano. CD Version available on Staubgold." [label notes]