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Warnecke, Pierce / Louis Laurain

Phonotypic Plasticity [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]

Warnecke, Pierce / Louis Laurain: Phonotypic Plasticity [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Pairing electronics with cornet, the duo of French cornetist Louis Laurain and US/Berlin electronicist Pierce Warnecke create an absolutely impressive and frequently frightening confluence of brass and sound, from slow interference tones to fully amplified microscopic elaboration, building environments that shift to surprise, alarm, and entrance their listeners.
 

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS092
Squidco Product Code: 27382

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at La Muse en Circuit, in Paris, France, in November, 2016.


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Pierce Warnecke-electronics

Louis Laurain-cornet, electronics

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"Pierce Warnecke. Born in California in 1983, Pierce Warnecke worked for 10 years in France before graduating from Berklee College of Music de Boston. He currently lives in Berlin and in 2013 completed his Meisterschüler studies at Universität der Kunst, in Berlin (Kunst und Medien - with Dr Alberto de Campo). He is a media artist whose focus is equally split between aural and visual mediums and the many types of relationships between them.

"My work stems from interest in the effects of time on matter: modification, deterioration and disappearance. Whether the focus is on digital forms or rough materials, large scales of time or microscopic details, the goal of my work is to re-adapt existing objects and materials into parallel contexts where their signified meanings, symbols and cultural connections have become residual ghosts. I like to imagine false paradigms, inexistent branches of research and fictional sciences in order to create unrealistic questionings as a basis for a new work. Form emerges through a process of collecting, filtering and combining phenomena (objects, data, sounds, images) that is linked to the conjecture. There are explorations and structures in this 'research' but no conclusions, except the ones you make."

In addition to solo performaces and installations, Pierce collaborates with Matthew Biederman and Frank Bretschneider, as well as co-curating Emitter Micro Festival and Label.

He has presented his works at CTM, KW Institut (Berlin), ORF Muskiprotokoll,, Semibreve Festival, CTM Festival, Zero1 Biennale, MADEiRADiG Festival, Transmediale, Bozart/BEAF (Brussels), LEAP (Berlin), Harvestworks (NY), Luggage Store Gallery (SF), Berklee College of Music (Boston), CalArts (LA), Boston Cyberarts, Mirage Festival, Vidéoformes, SXSW Interactive and more. He has released music on Khalija, Staaltape, Gaffer, Attenuation Circuit and Gruenrekorder."

-Transmediale (https://transmediale.de/content/pierce-warnecke)
6/24/2019

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"Louis Laurain is a trumpet player, improviser and composer, based in Paris. Born in 1984, he taught himself to play the trumpet and then studied jazz and improvisation at the conservatories of Lyon (CNR) and Paris (CNSMDP). While developing his own personal and original language on his instrument, he researched, through different collaborations, an intuitive and spontaneous approach to sound. His interest is essentially in different forms of improvised sound for various formations,ranging from solo to orchestral.His work is focused principally on two topics. Firstly an acoustic approach to instruments through research on sounds and sound effects in relation to the space in which they are produced. Secondly work on the amplification of instruments ("close miking") with the aim of creating the illusion of an electric or electronic "machine instrument". He collaborated with Eliane Radigue, Stephen o'Malley (Sunn O ))), Pierre Huyghe, Axel Dorner, Nicolas Collins, Yves-Noel Génot, Jérome Noetinger, Zombie-Zombie, Pierce Warnecke, Polyversal souls, Tobias Delius, Arnaud Rivière, Xavier Charles, Ignaz Schick, Joel Grip, Frédéric Blondy."

-Spektrum Berlin (https://spektrumberlin.de/events/detail/louis-laurain-axel-doerner-335.html)
6/24/2019

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Mimicry 4:45

2. Parasitism 6:09

3. Mutualism 4:06

SIDE B



1. Parabiosis 13:21

2. Remains 8:27
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"Pierce Warnecke and Louis Laurain have been working together for almost two decades. Their compositions and improvisations come from the idea of a collaborative sound creation laboratory exploring the relationship between acoustic and electronic music. Phonotypic Plasticity focuses on the potential modification of a sound in response to a shifting surrounding soundscape. Directly inspired by a naturally occurring phenomenon, phenotypic plasticity, in which living organisms (plant or animal) transform their DNA to adapt to changes in their natural environment. This is the compositional approach used to explore the plasticity of sound (its nature) and its setting in space (environment). For this album the duo combined electronic and acoustic sonic textures via imitation or dissociation to create core sound objects. These elements were then structured by shifting fluidly between composition and improvisation, followed by a third phase of multichannel spatialization, through both traditional speakers and custom systems (ig, mini speakers played through the trumpet). Space was also considered by borrowing from cinema, with the idea of juxtaposing close-ups (close mic'ed or extremely amplified sounds) and wide shots (distant sounds, room resonances, digital reverbs)."-Astral Spirits


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