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Eubanks, Bryan / Xavier Lopez: Natural Realms (Sacred Realism)

These 2016 recording between Bryan Eubanks and Xavier Lopez demonstrate the analog networked sytem they developed, based on the harmonics of random feedback, using this information in real time to shape generative rhythms and other juxtapositions from soprano saxophone and percussion, in four recordings improvised live at Studio 8 bar in Berlin.

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Label: Sacred Realism
Catalog ID: SR013
Squidco Product Code: 30289

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio 8, in Berlin, Germany, on August 8th, 2016, by Adam Asnan. Mastered by Giuseppi Ielasi.


Bryan Eubanks-composer, performer

Xavier Lopez-composer, performer

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"Bryan Eubanks (b. 1977, US) is a musician composing electronic and acoustic works for small ensembles, solo instruments, computers, and idiosyncratic electronics; improvising in collaboration; and experimenting with spatial diffusion techniques. Publicly active since 2001, he's had numerous collaborations and presented his work internationally in a variety of settings."

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"Xavier Lopez (born 1981, Perpignan, France) is a multi-instrumentalist currently based in Paris. He studied saxophone, piano and drums at Perpignan's conservatory before moving to Amsterdam in 2002, where he studied jazz and classical music. He moved to Paris in 2006. Today Lopez performs electroacoustic music either solo or as half of the duo Chance."

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track listing:

1. Realm 1 9:39

2. Realm 2 14:44

3. Realm 3 18:48

4. Realm 4 7:09
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"Between 2014 and 2018 Bryan Eubanks and Xavier Lopez developed an analog networked duo music based on the harmonics of random feedback, using this information to shape generative rhythms and other juxtapositions in real time. Adding soprano saxophone and percussion to the mix made what could be a stable machine system human again - a machine is not a thought - flaws and fluctuation giving life to momentary crystal time forms. The music in this debut recording captures this idiosyncratic work at it's height, recorded on an August afternoon in the front room of Studio 8, a bar in Berlin-Wedding which regularly hosted concerts from 2013 - 2018. The recordings are raw, unprocessed improvisations, capturing a decisive music at work."-Sacred Realism

"Recorded in one sitting in 2016, the four pieces of Natural Realms present a rather crude, yet elegantly networked system of musical logic combining natural harmonics, rhythm, and feedback. Ringing in increased zones with the shimmer and tempo of audible processes, Lopez and Eubanks assemble visions of a music both old and novel. Foreshadowing the sonic edifice of their 2019 collaboration Wave Forming with Catherine Lamb, this is truly a music at play with the proliferation of ellipses, bifurcations, and doublings and in the sabotage of time and number." Ñ Jenny Haniver

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