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Barriere, Lali / Miguel A. Garcia  : Espejuelo (Nueni)

The duo of Miguel A. Garcia on electronics and Lali Barriere on objects and no-input mixer for an album of investigative, detailed improvisation that's well paced and calmly complex.
 

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Label: Nueni
Catalog ID: nueni #001
Squidco Product Code: 21036

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Spain
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Mixed by Ferran Fages.

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"Using amplified objects and no-input mixers, Barriere and Garcia have put together one of those recordings where my level of enjoyment (high) matches my inability to say much of anything coherent about it. It's generally very quiet although two of the four tracks begin with bursts of harsh noise and there are several lesser eruptions throughout. The sounds are packed with some degree of denseness, busy enough to generate a kind of scurrying quality though not so much as to become gabby. There are a few elements that are long-held, though they tend to be backgrounded, the more percussive or burblingly electronic sounds catching your attention more easily. It's very calm in the sense that you don't feel the pair is hurrying to get anywhere, just carefully ambling about, noticing the odd patch of interest, investigating it for a bit, moving on. They create an active, very alive space, airy but subtly intense. Something clicks really well here, some tensile connections established that vanish when you try to look at them directly. Really fine work, I highly recommended seeking it out."-Brian Olewnick, Just Outside


Artist Biographies

"Miguel A. García (aka Xedh) from the Basque country, is one of the most dynamic sound artists in the Spanish scene. His work focuses mainly on the composition and electro-acoustic improvisation. He uses sounds taken from electronic devices residues, often interrelated with field recordings or acoustic instruments, in the search of an intimate, intense and immersive experience. A music of adventurous forms, full of contrasts and having nevertheless a sense of humor. His background comprises fine arts and audiovisual technology, having created projects such as Válvula Antirretorno, Baba Llaga or Mubles, questioning the borders between electro-acoustic academic music, industrial music and the so called outsider music.

With his solo project, he has participated in experimental music festivals all over Spain, as Ertz (Navarra), Experimentaclub (Madrid), Lem (Barcelona), Mem (Bilbao) or Sonikas (Vallecas), and he has played in diverse scenarios such as Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), or museums such as Artium (Vitoria), Guggenheim (Bilbao), Macuf (A Coruña) or Vostell Malpartida (Cáceres). Outside Spain, he has played in festivals in Germany, Belgium, USA, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Portugal. His work has been released worldwide by labels as Copy for your records (USA), Homophoni (USA), Pilgrim Talk (USA), Slaughter Recs (Italy), Trait Central (USA), Triple Bath (Greece), Zeromoon (USA), or White Line (UK).

Still a young member of the international free improvisation scene, he works regularly with Ilia Belorukov, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Oier Iruretagoiena, Xabier Lopez, Alvaro Matilla, Seijiro Murayama or Hector Rey. He has collaborated with arists such Lali Barriere, Heddy Boubaker, Alexander Bruck, Raul Dominguez, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Richard Kamerman, Kurt Liedwart, Nick Hoffman, Wade Matthews, Jorge Nuñez, Carlos Suarez or Valentina Vuksic, and bands like Cooloola Monster, Gora Japon, maDam or Hamburguesa Vegetal. As a promoter, amongst other projects, is the founder of the Club Le Larraskito and director of the Zarata Fest, both platforms dedicated to the broadcast of challenging art and music."

-Miguel A. Garcia Website (XEDH.org) (http://www.xedh.org/about.html)
2/21/2024

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lali barrière :: about
barriere@gmail.com

Academic page: http://mat-web.upc.edu/people/lali.barriere/

"ali Barrière, Barcelona (Catalonia).

Creative coder, musician and Mathematician, she combines her artistic activity with teaching Mathematics, creative programming and research.

As a Mathematician, she is a Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Her recent research her research on the relationship between art, mathematics and techology, and works on the creative use of information and communication technologies, recently, and in the fields of graph theory, communication algorithms and combinatorial geometry, in the past years. She is interested in music and visual arts, which led her to apply her mathematical knowledge to the creative use of programming. Besides Mathematics, she also taught Creative programming and Music and Mathematics. She also has collaborated in the Master on Sound Art of the Fine Arts School at the Universitat de Barcelona.
music

Active in the scene of free improvisation in Barcelona. Works with acustic and amplified objects, electronic devices, field recordings and programming, with a minimalistic approach.

Her current projects are: solo project, A=B, with Ferran Fages, blaast, with Alfredo Costa Monteiro, and Un coup de dés, with Marta Sainz. She also collaborates, or has collaborated, with other improvisers as Olga Ábalos, Ruth Barberán, Tom Chant, Miguel Angel García, Tomás Gris, Xavier Lopez, Eduard Màrquez, Héctor Rey, Tom Soloveitzik, Nuno Rebelo, Josema Urós, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Artur Vidal.

Festivals she participated in: Sónar (Barcelona, 2003), insolit music forum (L'Hospitalet, 2003), LEM (Barcelona, 2004, 2010, and 2015), bouesia (Deltebre, 2009), zarata fest (Bilbao, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), festival audio tangente (Burgos, 2011), com a mínim (Barcelona, 2011), curtcircuit fest (Barcelona, 2012), personal-collective (Madrid, 2012). With Alfredo Costa Monteiro and Ruth Barberán, she organized the improvisers meeting bestiario (Barcelona, 2012).

Collaboration, composition, performance:

Performer in the world premiere of Filament, a graphical score by Ferran Fages (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 2014).
Realisation of Architectural Model Making, a graphical score by Sarah Hughes (online project of another timbre, 2014).
Performer: cartridge music, by John Cage, (CASM, Barcelona 2012).
Composition: zona franca (2012).
As a member of Ferran Fages Ensemble, programming in Pure Data and performer of radi d'or, versió per a ensemble (2011).
Performer: in C, by Terry Riley (Festival Bouesia, Deltebre 2009).
Member of the experimental rock band Pad (2003 to 2009).

creative programming

Since 2008 she is interested in creative applications of programming. Likes and uses Processing in her visual projects, a tool that also allows her to explore the use of Mathematics in creation and how artists can learn programming, as well as to approach creative work to engineers. She also use to program in Pure Data.

She has taught workshops and courses at lefreak (2008), circuit torçat (2011), taller tramuntana (2012), Departament de Formació de TV3 (2012), Fine Arts School of the Universitat de Barcelona (2013), Fine Arts School of the Universdad Complutense de Madrid (2014), and the course Processing: programming images, animation and interaction at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2008 i 2011). She organized the meetings ProcessingBCN (Hangar, Barcelona, 2009), with Alba G. Corral, and ProcessingInteract (Hangar, Barcelona, 2010), with Oriol Aragonès.

-Lali Barriere Website (http://about.lalibarriere.net/)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Espejismo 5:32

2. Pra 8:36

3. Homso Tas 11:09

4. Aljez 5:51

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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Duo Recordings
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
New in Experimental & Electronic Music
Objects and Home-made Instruments

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