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Becoming Animal (Massimo Pupillo / Gordon Sharp): A Distant Hand Lifted [VINYL] (Trost Records)

An album of dark atmospheric electroacoustic sound with voice and introductory narrative from Zu bassist Massimo Pupillo and Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk, the first meeting between the two, performed live at Cafe Oto for four pieces of rich sonics, emotional and hypnotic playing from two creative masters with a long history of powerful and passionate music.

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UPC: 9120036682511

Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 161LP
Squidco Product Code: 25159

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Austria
Packaging: LP
Recorded live at Cafe Oto, in London, Engalnd.


Massimo Pupillo-electric bass

Gordon Sharp-voice, computer

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Massimo Pupillo (heavy bass player of ZU) teams up with the mesmerizing voice of Cindytalk, Gordon Sharp. Recorded live at Cafe Oto, UK at their first meeting -- producing haunting music from another sphere. Dark, atmospheric, wondrous."-Trost

Artist Biographies

"Massimo Pupillo (Ostia - Roma) is a bass and double bass player and composer. Best known for being the bassist of Zu, which produced bio 15 albums with labels like Atavistic / Touch n 'Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (JAPAN), Ipecac Records (USA) and numerous singles and split with other labels.

He collaborate in many different (musical and not only) projects, from jazz, to improvisation, avant-garde, noise, taking an interest in movies soundtracks and theater.He has join the stage and the sounds with a very long list of musicians including ... Thurston Moore, Jim O' Rourke (sonic youth), Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, Terrie (Ex), Katia Labeque, Giovanni Sollima, Nicola Tescari, David Chalmin, Chris Corsano, Eraldo Bernocchi and FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro, Geoff Farina, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, DJ Olive, Otomo Yoshihide, Amy Denio, Gianni Gebbia, Lukas Ligeti, Fred Lonberg- Holm, Joe Lally e Guy Picciotto (fugazi), Peter Brötzmann, Caspar Brötzmann, Damo Suzuki (Can), Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow), Steve MacKay (The Stooges), Mieko Suzuki, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O' Malley and... yes we could go on for a long time..."

-Massimo Pupillo Website (

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"Gordon Sharp (born 1961 in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland) is a Scottish singer, musician and producer. He has led several music projects since 1976, the most significant and long-standing being Cindytalk. Sharp has gained a reputation for an unflinchingly experimental approach to music and ideas.

Sharp started a punk band called The Freeze whilst attending Linlithgow Academy in 1976. The Freeze was active between 1976 and 1981. Sharp moved to London in 1982, changed the band's name to Cindytalk and signed to the Midnight Music label.[1]

In 1983, Sharp sang with fellow Scots Cocteau Twins on one of their John Peel sessions and at selected live gigs, where he met 4AD executive Ivo Watts-Russell. This led to him being invited to participate as one of the featured singers with 4AD collective This Mortal Coil on its first album.[2]

Early in his career, Sharp was repeatedly asked by John Taylor of Duran Duran to join the latter's Birmingham based new romantic band after having met Taylor and Nick Rhodes at a London concert held by David Sylvian's band, Japan, which Sharp had travelled from Scotland to attend. Sharp briefly stayed at Nick Rhodes' parents house in Birmingham during Duran Duran's early rehearsals, but decided on his journey back to Scotland that Duran Duran's ambitions did not sit well with his own direction.

Cindytalk released a series of group albums and singles in the 80s and 90s. An electronic side-project, Bambule, was started in 1994 by Sharp and Simon Carmichael.

In 2002, Sharp started to write abstract electronic music using a laptop, and since 2004 has split his time between Japan and the UK, working on various projects. This has included Cindytalk performing live (solo or group), and a number of (mostly solo) recordings. Vienna based record label Editions Mego, which is known for releasing cutting edge electronic music, released a series of Cindytalk albums focused on Sharp's primitive noise-poetry. No longer perceived only as a singer, this has repositioned Sharp and Cindytalk within the musical establishment."

-WikiVisually (

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Track Listing:


1. Doorway to the sky 13:00

2. Meshes of light 09:53


1. Hinterland 11:10

2. When the night loses itself 10:40

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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
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