The trio of Richard Scott on modular synths, Emilio Gordoa on vibraphone & percussion, and Ute Wasserman on voice, in uniquely orchestrated free improvisations that focuses on sound interaction with detail and restraint, while still bringing a sense of wonder and exuberation.
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs343
Squidco Product Code: 22053
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, on January 12th and 13th, 2015 by Richard Scott.
Ute Wassermann-voice, birdcalls
Richard Scott-modular synthesizer
Emilio Gordoa-vibraphone, percussion
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1. Aldefa 7:06
2. Cicuta 5:35
3. Abrus 3:05
4. Ricinus 3:15
5. Taxus 5:56
6. Hippomane 3:47
7. Datura 9:09
8. Atropa 6:59
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"Formed in Berlin in 2014, Parak.eets is an unconventional experimental music ensemble comprising Ute Wassermann, Richard Scott and Emilio Gordoa - three highly singular voices from the thriving Berlin improvised music scene. The combination of analogue modular synthesizer, prepared vibraphone and extended vocal techniques makes the trio's sound unique.
Like many birds, all three musicians are natural mimics: Scott's analogue synthesizer often sounds like voice and percussion, Gordoa's vibraphone treatments and other percussion call to mind both voices and electronics, while Wassermann's hybrid instrument of voice with a variety of bird whistles blends so exactly with this sound world that it is sometimes a shock to remember that what we are hearing is a human voice. All three go beyond how their instruments normally sound into other worlds, populated by the multifarious sounds of other instruments, birds, mammals, insects and other organisms that are harder to identify.
One pleasure is that they often come together to form something like a composite sound environment; parallels with forest and jungles and other natural habitats seem inevitable and it is surprising when, out of this, highly virtuosic bursts of contemporary music announce themselves. The music morphs, forever changing its shapes and surfaces. It delights in the surprise of letting go of one moment in order to embrace the next. There is a sense of generosity in this music, an openness of all the musicians not only to each other but to the potential of sound in general. The trio is able to negotiate many twists and turns, continually open to new possibilities and combinations. If the overall sense is one of playful and joyful exploration, the listener is left in no doubt of the seriousness and musicality exerted in every moment.
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Parak.eets (Ute Wassermann / Richard Scott / Emilio Gordoa)