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Matthews / Rives: arethusa (Another Timbre)

Saxophonist Rives with Wade Matthews on software synthesis and manipulated field recordings in a piece inspired by the story of Arethusa, a servant of the Greek goddess Artemis.
 

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Wade Matthews-software synthesis, manipulated field recordings

Stephane Rives-soprano saxophone


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Label: Another Timbre
Catalog ID: at20
Squidco Product Code: 12420

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: UK
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Recordd July 1-8, 2008 at Smiling Cow Studios in Madrid, Spain.

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"Perusing Ovid while translating a text on Ruben's Vertumnus and Pomonoa, I came across the story of Arethusa, a metaphorical tale of flight and transformation that speaks to the identity of the musicians on the the present CD, their artistic evolutions and their way of making music. Arethusa - a Nereid nymph and virginal servant of the Greek goddess Artemis (Diana the Huntress to the Romans) - takes a dip in a stream, not knowing it belongs to the river god, Alpheus. Smitten by her beauty, Alpheus pursues her with carnal intent. Arethusa flees but is unable to outrun the libidinous river. She cries out to Artemis, who quickly envelops her in a dense cloud, successfully hiding Arethusa from the god. Fear and the exertion of running cause her to perspire so heavily that, hidden in the fog, she gradually turns into a stream. Alpheus is eager to mingle his waters with hers, but Artemis opens a subterranean channel that bears Arethusa's stream to Otrygia in Sicily, where she becomes a fountain. For two expatriate musicians, this story speaks of attitudes towards change, perception and identity. [...]"-Wade Matthews, from the liner notes.



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"In 1989, after completing his doctorate at Columbia University in New York, French-born American musician Wade Matthews moved to Madrid and became active on the international improv scene. Drawing on his work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (His doctoral dissertation was on improvisation guided by electronic sounds) he approached the bass clarinet and alto flute as "acoustic synthesizers," rethinking their sonic possibilities, phrasing, and relation to breath in a musical language based on real-time creation. When faster processors made laptop synthesis viable, Matthews gradually abandoned the woodwinds and returned to his first love, tweaking a virtual synthesizer to allow very rapid control of sound parameters for solo playing and dialog with others. In 2007, he founded INTERMEDIA 28 with photographer Adam Lubroth and guitarist Julio Camarena. There, he began to combine field recordings with electronic synthesis in a 2-computer setup that has since become his main instrument.

Matthews has presented his work on five continents, including performances at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Reina Sofía Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, The Stone, in New York; Fylkingen, in Stockholm, and concerts and festivals in London, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Montevideo, Barcelona, Beirut, Cape Verde, Lisbon, Dublin, Oslo, etc. Besides his concerts, Matthews is interested in sharing ideas about music and his activity as a lecturer and visiting professor has taken him to the Paris Conservatory, the University of California, San Diego; the California Art Institute, Columbia University, the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico; the American University of Beirut, Limerick University in Ireland, and many, many others."

-Wade Matthews Website (http://www.wadematthews.info/Wade_Matthews/ABOUT.html)
6/19/2024

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"Stéphane Rives is part of the current of an improvisation of materials and textures more than games and themes. More trivially, a fucking sound that torments the eardrum and drives the hammers into a panic, opening up gulfs in the understanding. Double simultaneous sounds, high pitch in the splendid isolation of the peaks and breath close to asthma, close to sinewave and the wind which passes in force under the door. The result is a strange almost disturbing abstraction, so much we no longer hear a saxophone but something quite different, without being able to name this something else.

Do not believe that there is a feat here, that in the end it would only be due to technique, to a power of dissimulation, that would be little in the eyes of music. In the granulations, we reach such a decomposition of what constitutes music for academies, that we are literally stunned, pierced by this sonic twist, a metal sander applied to the human ear, revolving sounds tearing shavings from our cultural foundations, uncertainty of what and how."-Michel Henritzi - Review & Corrected

-Stephane Rives Website (Translated by Google) (http://musique.stephane-rives.fr/bio.html)
6/19/2024

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Track Listing:



1. 1 8:52

2. 2 8:19

3. 3 17:26

4. 4 11:59

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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Field Recordings
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings
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