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Maximin, Berangere

Land of Waves [VINYL 2 LPs + DOWNLOAD]

Maximin, Berangere: Land of Waves  [VINYL 2 LPs + DOWNLOAD] (KARLRECORDS)

The sixth album of embraceable electroacoustic and acousmatic French composer Bérangère Maximin, whose work with Ina-GRM, Stockholm's EMS points to her extraordinary skills in organize other-worldly sound, imbued with her ability to create warmly embraceable works with mystery amongst propelling rhythm, here exploring recordings from city parks & abandoned properties.
 

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Berangere Maximin-composer, performer


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UPC: 5050580735897

Label: KARLRECORDS
Catalog ID: KR 078LP
Squidco Product Code: 29325

Format: 2 LPs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Germany
Packaging: Vinyl 2 LPs in a Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded by the artist.

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"On her 6th album, the French electroacoustic composer Bérangère Maximin explores the idea of a kaleidoscopic world - a sonic aggregation of living creatures, plants, minerals, nature and buildings, using various sound objects, small percussions, synths, electric gui-tar, voice and electronics.

Working out of her private studio since 2008, Bérangère MAXIMIN has developed her own ap-proach to sound art and electronic music, composing dense, immersive pieces with immediate im-pact. On five albums - released to critical acclaim on Tzadik, Sub Rosa, Crammed Discs and Craig Leon's Atlas Realisations label - she has revealed a taste for mixing disparate sounds together with a sense of detail, effusive, lyrical playings with the digital material and tight nuanced writing. Bérangère MAXIMIN's music engages the listener in consideration of space and textures, the sound ambivalence and its independence from its original source being at the center of her work.

During her career, the French composer has obtained commissions and residencies in National Music Research Centres such as Paris' Ina-GRM, Stockholm's EMS and received a grant from the 'Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs' program in New York City (Cultures France). She has performed in notable festivals, venues and concert halls from Paris' Présences Electronique festival, London's Hayward gallery, NYC's Roulette, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie's e-Phil series to major international festivals in Eastern Europe. Beside her solo performances, she also regularly shares the stage in duo with FRED FRITH.

"Land of Waves": three words evoking territories of plains and curves connected with each other by canals, footpaths, tunnels. The four parts of the album lead the listener into a hybrid land where the jungle meets the city ... a succession of reliefs, surfaces, textures, layers create a large mosaic as if on a concrete wall which seems solid and definitive but is in fact penetrable, alterable.

For "Land of Waves", Bérangère took inspiration from recordings she did in various city parks, abandoned properties and limits with the suburbs during her travels in Europe, the diversity of sources, the variations of events and the contrasts between day and night they offered, and reinterpreted them in the studio."-Karl Records


Artist Biographies

"Working out of her private studio since 2008, Bérangère Maximin has developed her own approach to sound art and electronic music, composing dense, immersive pieces with immediate impact. On five albums which have aroused international interest, she has revealed a taste for mixing disparate sounds together with a sense of detail, effusive, lyrical playings with the digital material and tight nuanced writing. Bérangère Maximin's music engages the listener in consideration of space and textures. The sound ambivalence and its independence from its original source being at the centre of her work.

The composer has been released on Tzadik's Composer Series (USA), Sub Rosa's Framework (BE) and Crammed Discs' Made To Measure (BE). Lately she responded to the producer Craig Leon's invitation to take part in the re-activation of his Atlas Realisations label (UK) with a fifth electroacoustic series named Frozen Refrains which came out on vinyl in June 2017.

Bérangère Maximin has performed in venues such as London Hayward Gallery's Harmonic Series, NYC Roulette, Quebec Victoriaville's FIMAV, Paris Presences Electronique festival, Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral's Crypt and Palais de Tokyo, Bordeaux and Strasbourg MOCA in France, Florence's Teatro Della Pergola, Bologna's Angelica festival in Italy, Bern's Dampfzentrale, Berlin Ausland and Charlottenburg Baptist Church, Swedish Push festival, London Cafe Oto as well as various concert halls, festivals and clubs across Europe and North America.

Since 2010, the composer has also obtained commissions and residence time at Paris' Ina-GRM (2010, 2011, 2012), Stockholm's EMS (2014), France's La Muse En Circuit (2014), Grim-Montévidéo (2010), IMEB Institute (2010). She also received a grant from the 'Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs' program in New York City (Cultures France, 2011).

In 2018 - mid 2019, Bérangère Maximin performed a solo concert at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie's ePhil series, toured Eastern Europe for the very first time : Riga Skanu Mezs, Budapest UH festival, Prague Shape's workshop, Graz Musikprotokoll (in duo with Fred Frith for the fifth time). She also played Paris digital arts and music event series Biennale Némo, Brussels Schiev Festival, Hamburg 4Fakultät concert series, Albi GMEA (FR), Maison Salvan and DAda (Toulouse, FR), Parken event series in Vienna (AT). She also gave a masterclass to the students in the composition class of the Conservatory of Paris (CRR) and the Astor Piazzolla Superior Conservatory of Music of Buenos Aires (AR), took part in a conference at Pop Conf (Paris, FR) and played in trio with Fred Frith and Heike Liss for Frith's 70th birthday celebration at Instants Chavirés (FR).

Live practice first came to Berangere through John Zorn and his Tzadik label (USA) who gave her acousmatic work a warm welcome and released her debut album Tant Que Les Heures Passent (As Long As The Hours Go By) in the Composer Series in 2008. This gave her inspiration to start a parallel set of experimentation to her studio works which soon left a trace in the form of a collaborative album with brilliant musicians she met on the road : No One Is An Island featuring Christian Fennesz, Frédéric D. Oberland and Richard Pinhas at the guitar, and Rhys Chatham at the trumpet. This second series of compositions got released on Sub Rosa's Framework (Belgium) in limited CD and LP edition in 2012. The monolithic Infinitesimal quickly followed on the same series (2013, one of the 13 finest Ambient releases of the year for British Drowned in Sound Mag). The electronic piece in five movements describes a progressive transformation where only matters the physicality of the moment, it "slowly establishes internal logic, matching the way things make sense in your head even if you can't explain them." (Pitchfork). Her fourth album Dangerous Orbits released on the Belgian label Crammed Discs' Made To Measure series in May 2015 received a warm international feedback, "a menacing silvery growl, a muffled dubby pulse, a discomforting reminder that the universe does not at all belong to us" according to The Wire Magazine.

Her creations are regularly broadcast on the radio and played in festivals, museums, concert venues and clubs : Paris - Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral's Crypt, Présences Electronique Festival, Palais de Tokyo, Maison de la Radio, Eglise St-Merri, Instants Chavirés, Maroquinerie, Auditorium St Germain, Ciné 104, Paris En Toutes Lettres festival, Paris Music Festival, Studio Galante, Batofar, Espace B, Glaz'art... France - Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux CAPC, Chabada, Mains d'Oeuvre, Le FiL, La Carène, Pannonica, Island Festival / CNEAI, I.Boat, Trinitaires, Théâtre du Périscope, Lieu Multiple, Musique Action festival, Mégaphone festival... Europe: Hayward Gallery's Harmonic Series (Southbank Centre, London, UK), Cafe Oto (London, UK), Fringe festival (Dublin, Ireland), Angelica festival (Bologna, IT), Teatro Della Pergola (Florence, IT), Golden Pudel (Hamburg, DE), Ausland (Berlin, DE), Charlottenburg Friedenkirsche (Berlin, DE), West Germany club (Berlin, DE), Neue Musik Köln/ Sound & Unsound Festival (DE), Push Festival (SE), Fylkingen Club (SE), Other Jazz (CH), Dampfzentrale (CH)... World - Musicacoustica festival (Beijing, China), NYC - Roulette, The Stone, Death by Audio, Issue Project Room, Zebulon, San Francisco and the Bay Area (2011) - Luggage Store, Kitsch Gallery, El Rio, Zoo..."

-Berangere Maximin Website (https://www.berangeremaximin.com/bio/)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Day 41 9:46

2. Kalimba Rough 3:30

3. The Broken Shoe 4:04

SIDE B



1. A Kind of Night Ritual 3:25

2. Full Jungle 4:13

3. Off the Page 9:01

SIDE C



1. L'Echappee 19:48

SIDE D



1. Walking Barefoot, Imaginary Quintet 9:44

2. Des Tigres Multicolores 3:42

3. The Thread 8:26

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