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Variable Geometry Orchestra: Stills (Creative Sources)

Triple CD from Variable Geometry Orchestra, who create music by juxtaposing acoustic and electronic sound matter with subliminal and psycho-acoustic side effects.

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UPC: 5609063401004

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: CS100
Squidco Product Code: 8801

Format: BOX SET
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Box
Recorded 2006-07, Lisbon


Variable Geometry Orchestra-
Ernesto Rodrigues - conduction
Sílvia Freitas - violin
Kátia Santandreu - viola
Guilherme Rodrigues - cello
Miguel Pereira - contrabass
Sei Miguel - pocket trumpet
Pedro Portugal - trumpet
Marcello_Maggi - trumpet
Jean-Marc Charmier - trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium
Fala Mariam - alto trombone
Eduardo Lála - trombone
Eduardo Chagas - trombone
Johannes Krieger - trumpet
Gil Gonçalves - tuba
Miguel Bernardo - clarinet
Bruno Parrinha - clarinet
João Viegas - bass clarinet
Jorge Lampreia - flute, soprano saxophone
Nuno Torres - alto saxophone
Lizuarte Borges - alto saxophone
Peter Bastiaan - alto saxophone
Alípio C Neto - alto saxophone
Abdul Moimême - tenor saxophone
Ivan Fontes - didgeridoo
Olympia Boule - voice
Rodrigo Pinheiro - piano
Etsuko Kimura - electric organ
Armando Pereira - accordion
António Chaparreiro - electric guitar
Nuno Rebelo - amplified objects
Carlos Santos - computer
Travassos - tapes, circuit bending
João Pinto - computer
Nuno Moita - sampler
João Silva - field recordings, crackle box, tibetan bell
André Gonçalves - modular analog synthesizer
Adriana Sá - digital synthesizer
Rafael Toral - modified mt10 amp
Plan - turntables
Hernâni Faustino - doublebass
Rachiim Sahu - doublebass
Pedro Castello-Lopes - percussion
Jorge Oliveira - african percussion
César Burago - cowbell
Monsieur Trinité - selected objects
José Oliveira - drums

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track listing:

CD 1

1. The Morning walk after the O' of the Clock

CD 2

2. Just as You were able to talk about nothing

3. Suddenly the dream became a promise of White

CD 3

4. Loosing the place where Someone never watched over Me

5. We almost turned around and headed Home

descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The music produced by the Variable Geometry Orchestra (VGO) results from the juxtaposition of acoustic and electronic sound matter that constantly searches for detail and meaning. Its sounds contain subliminal as well as psycho-acoustic characteristics and include the possibility of complete silence. The music emerges as if from nothingness only to disappear once again back into it. Thus chaos is formally organized with the use of new concepts of indeterminism, instantaneous composition, as well as through the asymmetrical eruption of alternated moments of sound and silence (the absence of identifiable sound). Nevertheless, sound prevails. The conduction is operated by balancing the sound masses that travel in the acoustic space, dictating the construction of the real-time composition, and thus revealing the organized juxtaposition of specific instruments as mobile sound groups.

This leaves space for the musicians to regain their natural rhythm and breathing, as well as their sense of random pulsation. It also allows them to listen to all the sound events that are happening at any given moment and thus to act accordingly. On the contrary, they can simply listen to what another musician has just begun. The musical space is thus filled only with the intrinsically essential elements.

Another of the outstanding aspects of the orchestra is how open it is to new participants. That is one reason why it is called 'variable'. The influx of new creative power is tempered only with a truly democratic spirit where hierarchy is reduced to a bare minimum, also permitting a very large number of combinations and permutations of smaller ensembles to be arranged on-the-spur-of-the-moment.

Last but not least, the orchestra encompasses three generations of musicians who have set age aside to pursue a common contemporary language."-Ernesto Rodrigues, Creative Sources

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