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«There is absolutely no doubt that music is an art form, sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse. But can it also be a scientific project, something closely related to the mathematical ability? Stockhausen - among other musique concréte and contemporary thinkers like Koenig and Beyer - thought so. Austrian Arno Steinacher in his own way, also pursues this ideal. This is taken from his own website: «(...) The focus of my actual works is the implementation of scientific models and ideas into music. not just to translate them: hopefully to dance them through sounds, to let them shine through.» Not an easy feat, Arno.

Recently I found a review of Arno's latest work - signed under Neubau, as this new one we are presenting - in one of my favorite music blogs, Cyclic Defrost. Writer Adrian Elmer writes at some point: «(...) To my ears, what Steinacher achieves is a grand update of the serialist traditions of the mid-20th century. Those ideas came to their climax as Elektronische Musik in Cologne in the 1950s, where purely electronic sounds and sequencing were used to ‘play’ serialist music which was so complex, yet rigid, as to render it impossible for human instrumentalists to create. (...) Steinacher seems to have applied similar serialist restrictions, but with infinitely more interesting timbral variety.»
This is what we're really talking about here: taking those pure, abstract sound forms into something human related, something able to speak to our hearts and minds and make us dream and ultimately, travel away from our physical body. This is the power of music, even if it is science-based music.
'Definitions of Nowhere' is a complex album made from a number of highly texturized drones and percussive sounds. It has the power to make you lose your way, as sometimes you believe to have advanced a couple of tracks but you're actually at the same one. It has the power to make you travel and dream, and also has the power to make your mind tingle. This is usually the result of exceptionally made electronic music. Discover and enjoy.» - Pedro Leitão

Downloads:

01 • Marasmius Quercophyllus ...................................................... pt us
  [5'21'' • 8,98Mb • 224Kbps]
02 • Phragma ................................................................................. pt us
  [3'41'' • 6,28Mb • 224Kbps]
03 • Rivergrounded up to now (from now on) ................................ pt us
  [4'59'' • 8,38Mb • 224Kbps]
04 • Nebelfeld ................................................................................. pt us
[5'16'' • 8,83Mb • 224Kbps]
05 • Koerper in Honig ..................................................................... pt us
  [5'07'' • 8,58Mb • 224Kbps]
06 • Nachhall ................................................................................. pt us
  [11'18'' • 18,5Mb • 224Kbps]
07 • Ingenting International Centre ............................................. pt us
  [4'01'' • 6,82Mb • 224Kbps]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt us
  [PDF-Zip • 3,50Mb]
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 69,4Mb]

Reviews:

«Nascido em 1978, na Áustria, Neubau (conhecido nas horas normais de expediente por Arno Steinacher) desenvolve ideias ligadas ao pós-serialismo, que têm a ver com a aplicação de modelos matemáticos à criação musical, numa perspectiva menos laboratorial que aquela em cujo modelo se inspira - Studio für Elektronische Musik, Colónia, Alemanha, anos 50. Neubau procura conciliar este tipo de visão com outra em que é notória uma maior flexibilidade e variedade tímbrica e textural, com um desenho sonoro menos artificial e mais humanizado, que conjuga elementos dos mundos campestre e industrial, temperados de melancolia crepuscular. A ideia do compositor é criar impressões sonoras e visuais no ouvinte à boleia de clusters de sons naturais e fabricados pelo homem (as "mathematical sound rooms", além da presença da voz humana), nascidos de processos idênticos aos que se encontram na análise microscópica, na biologia molecular, nos modelos evolutivos, etc. Serialismo de rosto humano para o Séc. XXI? Pode ser.»
- Eduardo Chagas [Jazz e Arredores] / August 09, 2008

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©2008 aeriola::behaviour
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©2008 test tube


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