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Monteiro, Alfredo Costa: Abstand (Hitorri)

Contrasting motion and static notes, Portuguese sound artist living in Barcelona, Alfredo Costa Monteiro uses a combination of two wind instruments--accordion and melodica--and the harmonic differences between their natural textures to create beautiful ebbs and swells of consonance and dissonance, applying feedback tuned to one or the other instrument to create subtle beat frequencies.
 

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Alfredo Costa Monteiro-accordion, melodica, feedback, cymbal


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Label: Hitorri
Catalog ID: hitorri-967
Squidco Product Code: 33928

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve, sealed
Recorded at Mont Efimer, in Barcelona, Spain, January to April, 2021.

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"Abstand was conceived to enhance the particularities of the combination of accordion and melodica, both wind instruments, one played with movement and the other by blowing. This dichotomy of difference and similarity resulted in intricate textures, not only thanks to the instruments' particular timbres, but also through the natural microtonal distances in their fixed tunings, especially when it comes to old and worn out instruments like the ones used here. These micro-intervals were enriched by a whole range of very minimal and subtle feedback, sometimes almost undetectable and sometimes tuned with one of the two instruments, creating many beat frequencies in order to produce active and organic listening. The sparse use of the cymbal goes in that direction and generates one more layer. Interferences formed by minimal distances as traces of other distances induced by thought."-Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Barcelona


Artist Biographies

"Alfredo Costa Monteiro was born in 1964 in Porto (Portugal)

Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

He studied sculpture/installation at the fine art school in Paris with Christian Boltanski.In 1992, he moved to Barcelona. Since then, his work stands somewhere between visual arts, visual poetry and sound. His installations and sound pieces, all of a low-fi character, have in common an interest for unstable processes, raw materials and gestures, where the manipulation of objects as instruments or instruments as objects has a strong phenomenological aspect.

From 1998 to 2006, he was member of espai 22a, an independent collective for contemporary art. From 2001 to 2006, he was also member of IBA col.lectiu d'improvisació

In sound poetry, he performs in solo polyglot and noise pieces ( portuguese, french and spanish), where sound establishes a different semantics.

Ongoing sound projects: Cremaster (with Ferran Fages), i treni inerti (with Ruth Barberán), Atolón (with Ferran Fages and Ruth Barberán), Astero (with Juan Matos Capote), 300 basses (with Jonas Kocher and Luca Venitucci) and duos with Pascal Battus, Tim Olive and Michel Doneda.

He has given workshops at Hangar (Barcelona, Spain), ESDI (Barcelona, Spain), Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno, Czech Republic), Arteleku (San Sebastián, Spain), Facultad de Bellas Artes, (Pontevedra, Spain), ESAD (Caldas da Rainha, Portugal), Crossroads during John Cage's Year, (Lublin, Poland) among others.

He has toured in Canada, Japan and Europe."

-Alfredo Costa Monteiro Website (http://www.costamonteiro.net/index.php?/bio/)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Raum . Distanz . Ferne 20:43

2. Intervall. Spanne 18:58

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