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CASTELLO, ANGELICA - CATORCE REFLEXIONES SOBRE EL FIN

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Gruenrekorder
Release Year: 2023
Note: great LP by this Mexican sound artist and "dreamworld / subsconsciousness explorer" => based on an installation with 14 objects woven with magnetic tape that interrelate to the sound and to each others, there are 14 miniatures with processed field recordings building a circle, it reminded us on some of LUC FERRARI's works, a conflation of voices, daily object sounds and more mysterious impulses, creates a spooky atmo... - lim. 300 --- "It is uneasy music, but at the same time, it is beautiful uneasiness." [Vital Weekly]
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €18.00


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https://angelicacastello.bandcamp.com/album/silvertone-e-il-sentimento-oceanico

https://www.gruenrekorder.de/?page_id=20469



"Information is available about Anglica Castell's new record 'Catorce Reflexiones Sobre El Fin', meaning 'fourteen reflections on the end'. She composed this music for an installation at the Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2019.
She uses many field recordings, but according to the label, also she refers to her previous work, including voice work, recorded in very high and very low quality. I assume some recordings include her instrument of choice, the Paetzold recorder. There are fourteen pieces on this album (as they were on display in the installation, hanging from the ceiling), and I admit it also sounds like two long pieces, with the occasional silence occurring. The shuffling of a spade in the first piece, 'Rmpeme', reminded me of digging a grave. There are more of these death references, such as the church bells of 'Bells' or the shattering of glass, also an end. There are lots of animal sounds, and there is an eerie atmosphere throughout these pieces. In 'Un Homme', there is the sound of an old record; there is a marching rhythm, jackhammer or funeral march? Hard to say. Castell carefully uses reverb to add to the creepy atmosphere. It is uneasy music, but at the same time, it is beautiful uneasiness. The 'death'/'end' theme is not throughout all these pieces; perhaps, they aren't always that noticeable. Sometimes, she's more observing the scenery from some distance, which makes it spooky, as if the impending doom is coming your way any time (and you know it will come to all of us). Castell uses musique concrte techniques in mixing various sounds and telling a story, and she does that very well. No extensive processing techniques are used, but they are more collage-like, with seemingly unrelated sound events becoming one narrative. Of the three new releases by Gruenrekorder, this is the best, in terms of music, at least. There is an underlying concept, yet the music can be enjoyed without knowing too much about it." [FdW / Vital Weekly]