Date of release: 10.09.2018 
Format: FILE - MP3 / WAV 
Length: 45:00 min 
Artwork: Audiotalaia 
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Memòria Pétria is a project born from stone and tradition. More specifically Ferran Lega explores the acoustic, timbrical and sonic properties of slate tiles. Those pieces of stone are usually find as the most common rooftop covering in the Catalan Pyrenees. The tiles carry within it a historical background that starts with hardcore rock compression and the formation of sheets of metamorphic rock, commonly know as mountains. From there, slate becomes a basic material for the inhabitants of the mountains across history until the present day where misusage and dereliction has changed habits and uses of this black tiles.

Ferran Lega, reckons the deep and rooted into the land background of those tiles and uses them to create soundscapes filed with memories, textures and life of its own by extracting the electroacoustic trademark of this partially resonant materials.

As a homage to the way those rocks are formed and its transformation through centuries, Ferran Lega treats the sounds extracted from the slate tiles in the same way. Through a process of layering, filtering and morphing of long term recordings using contact microphones and exposing the tiles into various situations designed to activate the resonant capabilities of the material.

The outcome is this album, a series of recordings, compositions and textures echoing the burden of centuries of usage and homaging, sonically materials that become sonic textures.

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Recorded, produced and edited by Ferran Lega Lladós, field assisted by Cleo Campuzano at Espot, Pallars Sobirà (Catalonia) between summer 2016 and spring 2017.

Thank you to Mingo Roca Cecilia, (casa Xaulet) for providing their ancient rooftop tiles, and the spaces where to record. And thanks to Cleofé Campuzano Marco for priceless support and passion upon my work.

This work is protected under a Creative Commons License 4.0 Share-Alike.
Date of release: 05.09.2018
Format: FILE - MP3 / WAV 
Length: 11:25 min
Artwork: Audiotalaia 

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Someone could argue the value of keeping a Netlabel alive this days. Many are the reasons to move to other spheres, media or formats but sometimes, there are a projects that by the nature of it, bring along a sense of coherence to what we do.  Even that the concept behind Ilir Lluka's work is not about that, a certain aspect of it, it is. This is maybe the use of a very short span of time to develop a piece of work such as "An Étude In Two Variations" that only last 10 minutes.  By its shortness, one thinks that a net-release is the best way to present this kind of work, and we are glad to find again reasons to keep supporting this kind of craft.

"An Étude In Two Variations" is a two track album. Both pieces are the outcome of an exercise in composition in which Lluka stablished a common begining for both pieces and a certain set of timbers that would shape both compositions as similar. The only difference between both pieces is the sound source of each. The first one uses a japanese koto and electronics, and the second a custom made synthesizer (a mixture of Nord modular patches combined with a virtual synthesizer designed by himself). Both compositions follow more or less the same compositional line but each one in its own character, similar timbers but unexpected and distant outcomes.

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Tracklist.

01. First Variation
02. Second Variation

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Produced, mixed and composed by Ilir Lluka in 2018.
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This is the release page of the outcome of the 9 days workshop "Audiotalaia Summer Camp" held at El Polell, Montseny, Barcelona, Catalonia between the 13th and the 22nd of July 2018.

The works are the result of various exercises proposed by Edu Comelles and the outcome is the what remained of different collective processes taking place within various groups of participants at the Summer Camp.

Very short premises where stablished for the exercises giving a big amount of creative freedom and the right amount of constriction. Final presentations open to the public are also featured in this album. These are works done collectively and without creative or technical restrictions.

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Credits:

All works done collectively by Joan Cot Ros, Carina Pesch, Martina Weber, Ludwig Meckel, Varun Krishnan, Robert Coleman, Joe Dixon, Tiago Tobias, Arzu Saglam, Emma Fern, Beth Horseman, Robin Meeker-Cummings, Sonia Killmann, Martín Pineda and Constanze Flamme.

All videos and photos taken by Balbina Sardà.

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Date of release: 07.06.2018
Format: FILE - MP3 / WAV 
Length: 50:25 min
Artwork: Audiotalaia 

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Le Espectacle de la Société du l'Espectacle is the latest work by galician artist Durán Vázquez. This album has been divided in three parts that are presented as a continuous reflection on soundscapes of our contemporary life recorded as fragments of common places in our western capitalist contemporary society. Leisure, sports, cultural manifestations, protests and daily life are entangled together to shape a tapestry of how Durán Vázquez perceives his immediate environment. In his own words Vázquez states that those recordings and the fusion between whats fictional and whats truthful aims to portray the implicit political aspects of the daily life soundscape, regardless of what society defines itself.

The album is furrowed by electronic sonic structures that detaches the listener from the inmersive experience of the soundscape. It seems that those instances are a reflection of a certain feeling of rejection from the artist himself, a way to listen to the environment with perspective, and distance; or just as if drowned by soundscapes, we need to swim up to catch a breath from all the complexities and noises from the mundane soundscape around us.

Who knows.
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Tracklist.

01. Shin BLU 43 (Primera Parte)
02. Shin BLU 43 (Segunda Parte)
03. Shin BLU 43 (Tercera Parte)

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Produced, mixed and composed by Durán Vázquez in 2017-18.
This work is protected under a Creative Commons License 4.0 Share-Alike.

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#50 / Riso Printed Postcard Limited Edition + Digital Download

Random risography printed postcards on Muncken paper framed within a Fabriano Paper Passepartout (16x16 cm). Includes download links for the full album and a Live Recording. The item comes folded into a sealed Polypropylene bag.

Includes unlimited streaming of Aquí Llega El Invierno via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Concept.

The 11th of December 2017 snow covered Guadalaviar, a village in Central Spain right in the middle of the most unpopulated area of Southern Europe, the so called Spanish Siberia. After the snow storm 5 days followed and clouds give pass to wind, thaw, water and finally the sun.

The cicle of cold, snow, ice and thaw has been  something rather usual in Guadalaviar, but its starting to become an exeption. It still snows, and the cold is there, but not as before. Climate is fragile and unpredictable.

In Guadalaviar there is a rural school that hosts only 5 children (town population is less than 150 habitants), and two more on its way. According to spanish law, to maintain the school open, there must be exactly that: at least 5 children and the prospect of more to come. The town depends entirely on those fice children, those who, unaware of their role on the hereafter, play in the snow.

While and ecosystem is threatened by climate change, another ecosystem, the human one is theatened by rural depopulation. Both worlds  share, space and time, and both walk the line of an uncertain future. This album is a homage to both.

This albums draws attention on the 5 days following the snow storm of the 11th of December 2017, the landscapes and the small things that shape Guadalaviar and those living there, small things that for locals, sometimes can go unnoticed. "Aquí llega el invierno" (literaly translated as Here Comes The Winter) talks about all the aparently mundane things that on a blink of the eye can become something extraordinary. Its all about the school and those five children sustaining the towns life, the uncanny reverberation at the town sports pavilion, and the music of cowbells and cattle becoming instruments rather than tools. Its about silence, snow, ice, thaw, water and finally the sun on the heart of the most remote and forgotten region of Spain.

Finally this work is a microcosmos of isolated elements on a god-forsaken land that fights to exist.  The album is a claim to the landscape, the region and how its percieved, listened and felt.

There are 100 CD copies of this work, most of then have been distributed among Guadalaviar neighbors. The rest of it can be acquired for free at the Town Hall and the local Museum.


Date of release: 21.11.2017
Format: FILE - MP3 / WAV 
Length: 20:00 min
Artwork: Audiotalaia / Guillermo Perez García.

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In 2016, we invited Marc Vilanova to deliver a work for the Digital Catalogue of Audiotalaia. Impressed by the overwhelming quality and potential creativity by this Catalan musician, we encouraged him to be a part of our catalogue. After a few months and short emails, Vilanova suggested the possibility of releasing a collaboration between him and Canadian cellist Émilie Girard-Charest that would be recorded by the Swiss Sound Designer Robert Torche. Intrigued by the proposal, we agreed to it. The collaboration would take place in a short period of time and would be recorded in the best conditions by Torche.

Researching in the Audiotalaia Catalogue Vilanova, Girard-Charest and Torche realized that there are no acoustic recordings whatsoever in the whole archive. That gave both acoustic musicians a scope on what to explore, a pretext to improvise towards an end. The original premise was to aim to sound as "digital" as possible in order to create a kind of "acoustic electronic music" during the sessions that took place in the summer 2016.

They acknowledge, in their own words, that electronics have a tradition to extend, stretch, modify and even imitate acoustic instruments. With this project, their aim has been to do the opposite: with their acoustic instruments, they searched for forms and languages that recalled electronic music.

The outcome is these 8 tracks pristinely recorded and beautifully selected from a 1-hour and a half recording. Moreover, and this is very special for the catalogue, it is always a pleasure to have works fully inspired, conceptually or aesthetically with the catalogue and the artists represented on it.
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Tracklist.

01. Sax Cello I
02. Sax Cello II
03. Sax Cello III
04. Solo Cello
05. Solo Sax
06. Sax Cello IV
07. Sax Cello V
08. Sax Cello VI
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Photos:
Guillermo Perez García (wordsoflight.divisibles.com)

Guillermo Perez García (wordsoflight.divisibles.com)

Guillermo Perez García (wordsoflight.divisibles.com)


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Credits.

All tracks by Émilie Girard-Charest And Marc Vilanova. Recorded and mixed by Robert Torche in Basel at Musik-Akademie, during one night in June 2016.

Authors note: All the sounds have been recorded live and come only from acoustic instruments: cello and saxophones (alto and soprano). No electronics have been added, although we have been inspired by experimental electronic music, as it's the line of Audiotalaia.


Licencia de Creative Commons

"Uncanny Valley" by Émilie Girard-Charest and Marc Vilanova is licensed under a Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 4.0 Internacional License. Creado a partir de la obra en http://www.audiotalaia.net/2017/11/at084-emilie-girard-charest-marc.html


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Aquest jove artista italià forma part d'una nova fornada d'artistes sonors i músics experimentals apareguda en els últims anys a Itàlia. De la fervent activitat en aquest país veí ens arriba el treball de Lami qui, després de destacar en treballs centrats en el paisatge sonor explora les possibilitats sonores i expressives a través d'un treball amb cintes reel-to-reel. L'electrònica més analògica i retro es dóna de la mà de la creació d'avantguarda.

"Bias" el concert que presentarà a València es troba a mig camí entre la instal·lació i el concert, Giovanni Lami teixeix paisatges a partir de loops expansius, complexos i plens de textures. Preciosisme sonor analògic des del Nord d'Itàlia.

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"Bias" Etudes for buried and exhumed audio tape.

Through its focus on process and materiality, Bias opens the practice of sound ecology beyond the acoustic to consider the audibility of the chemical composition of soil. From scraps of muddied media buried across three sites in Austria, Greece and Italy, Lami crafts a series of melancholy studies which seem to question the inevitable legacy of human culture and industry in the geological strata.

Edition of 150 CDs packaged in oversize 7" sleeve, with 16 page risographed booklet featuring accompanying visual works by Giovanni Lami and a commissioned text by Francesco Bergamo.

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Concert recorded live by Edu Comelles the 13th of May 2017 at Claustre Renaixentista. Centre del Carme, València. Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea de València, Ensems 2017. Curated by: Edu Comelles.

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Persona és el projecte sonor i experimental del músic valencià Daniel Benedito. Aquesta proposta insòlita en el panorama local fa uns anys que es passeja per festivals i sales valencianes del circuit alternatiu. Benedito explora l'ambient i l'electrònica de guitarres planejadores, combinades amb pedals, efectes i diferents estris amb els quals construeix paisatges sonors vaporosos i eteris. Es fa acompanyar també, pel contrabaixista Rafa Ramos qui complementa aquesta proposta d'arrel local i projecció internacional.

En directe sempre col·labora i combina la creació sonora amb dansa Butoh. Per a aquesta ocasió treballarà amb la prestigiosa ballarina italiana Lorenza di Calogero una de les representants més destacades de l'escena actual amb una trajectòria espectacular.

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Concert recorded live by Edu Comelles the 6th of May 2017 at Sala Dormitori. Centre del Carme, València. Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea de València, Ensems 2017. Curated by: Edu Comelles.
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