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Goncalves, Andre: Instrumentals (Shhpuma)

A compilation of compositions for conventional, acoustic, musical instruments, performed through synthetics and computer processing as an album of electronic music, composed by Lisbon based sound and media artist André Gonçalves, each of 9 parts simply titled "Instrumental", and each a fascinating microcosm of kinetic, synthetic-acoustic potential.

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product information:

UPC: 5609063800623

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH062CD
Squidco Product Code: 29797

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Addac system, in Lisbon, Portugal, in early March, 2020, by the artist.


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"André Gonçalves is a keyboardist and improviser, known for the groups EA, Gigantiq, Stapletape, and Variable Geometry Orchestra."

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track listing:

1. Instrumental 04:20

2. Instrumental 08:41

3. Instrumental 06:20

4. Instrumental 06:55

5. Instrumental 05:31

6. Instrumental 07:23

7. Instrumental 10:06

8. Instrumental 08:44

9. Instrumental 05:35
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"As the title promises you, this record is a compilation of compositions for conventional, acoustic, musical instruments. And yes, it is electronic music - more exactly, there's a laptop computer digesting a series of personal plugins (some sound like if there's modular synthesizers being used, but you shouldn't be surprised, André Gonçalves is the builder of the ADDAC synths).

So, here you have: a contradiction of terms. If it gets you confused and makes you babble "no way", to the Portuguese sound artist and engineer that paradox was the embraced creative challenge: to play instrumental music with custom-built software.

The results are completely different from previous works by Gonçalves (compare it, for instance, with Currents & Riptides also released by Shhpuma) and this circumstance also comes from his natural predisposition to always cover new grounds only with the simple purpose to follow the flow and discover where it gets you.

That's why every piece is so fresh, so positively "innocent" and so astonishing, the theory comes after the praxis and it's up to you, listener, to develop it."-Shhpuma

This album has been reviewed on our magazine:

The Squid
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