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Vicente-Sandoval, Dafne / Lars Petter Hagen: Minos Circuit / Transfiguration 4 [VINYL] (Portraits GRM)

A split LP from two sound and electroacoustic artists: Paris bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval deconstructs the instrument itself using an electro-acoustic device that generates feedback, developing compositions from those explorations; and Norwegian Lars Petter Hagen revisits Richard Strauss's Metamorfosen through decay and fragmentation of its musical lines.

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UPC: 769791984042

Label: Portraits GRM
Catalog ID: SPGRM 006LP
Squidco Product Code: 33242

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: France
Packaging: LP
Side A recorded at GRM studios, In Paris, France, in Janurary, 2021, by Emmanuel Richier.


Dafne Vicente-Sandoval-feedback, voice

Lars Petter Hagen-composer

Guillaume Antonini-violin

Manuel Doutrelant-violin

Alphonse Dervieux-violin

Julien Decoin-vocals

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"Minos Circuit is the resonance of a double exploration, that of an instrument, the bassoon - an instrument dear to Dafne Vicente-Sandoval - and that of a listening, of a gaze, almost. The first exploration deconstructs the instrument, tearing it apart, reducing it to an archipelago of sound bodies stimulated by an electro-acoustic device that generates feedback and infiltrates each part of the bassoon, in order to carry out a methodical, systematic examination. The second exploration is the inner one of attention and listening, the one that measures, at each moment, the necessity or not of an intervention in the very act of the musical work, of this subtle balance that is established between composition and observation, between action and contemplation."

Transfiguration 4 Both a "meditation on musical ruins" and "a study of the material of Richard Strauss's Metamorfosen", Transfiguration 4 works on the musical fragment as an expressive and poetic possibility that can be deployed below or beyond simple musical syntax, a syntax that is still too often equated with music itself. What Lars Petter Hagen highlights in this remarkable work is that the power of music lies at its fringes, that is, at the edge of its own disappearance. Transfiguration 4 floats in a particularly moving way in these troubled lands, where nothing is ever resolved, and where everything, however, is suspended, like a stream of blurred memories that memory would summon to form an intuition. A musical intuition."-Portraits GRM

Artist Biographies

"Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, born in Paris in 1979, is a bassoon player who explores sound through improvisation, contemporary music performance and sound installations. Her instrumental approach is centred on the fragility of sound and its emergence and development within a given space. In a concert situation she seeks to create a parodoxical presence of vulnerability and strength by testing the limits of control and instability. A key aspect in her work is the deconstruction of her instrument. She amplifies fragments through miniature microphones mounted inside the instrument. This exploded version of her sound sometimes meets more conventional bassoon playing to generate aural discontinuities between the exterior and the interior, the whole and the parts, wood and electricity - a "reverse-engineered emergence". Dafne Vicente-Sandoval currently lives in Paris and works mainly everywhere else. She favours long-term face-to-face collaborations within which her work keeps an integrity while engaging in a dialogue with that of others. Current projects with Klaus Filip, Bonnie Jones, Pascal Battus, Jakob Ullmann, Éliane Radigue and Klaus Lang. Her work has been presented at contemporary music festivals (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, England; Blurred Edges, Hamburg; Visiones Sonoras, Mexico), festivals of improvised music (Konfrontationen, Austria; No Idea, Texas) and sound art fetsivals (Tsonami, Chile)."

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"Lars Petter Hagen (b. 1975) is a composer and curator. His work ranges from large-scale symphonic pieces to intimate chamber music and sound installations, via works for stage and film. Hagen lives and works in Oslo, Norway."

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Manuel Doutrelant is a French violinist, arranger and orchestrator, known for the groups Quatuor Ludwig, Romain Leleu Sextet.

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Track Listing:


1. Dafne Vicente-SandovalŠ Minos Circuit 22:10


1. Lars Petter HagenŠ Transfiguration 4 11:15

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