Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Music for Your Studio; Vol. IV

Touch Radio is my recommended listening for the week. This label runs a regular podcast that showcases many of their artists. Most of the podcasts are ambient/field-recording based works that add a beautiful background to your environment. Here's a description of the most recent edition (#39):

"Book of Hours" was recorded in the remarkable baroque central dome of the National Pantheon in Lisbon.

The musicians (and the audience) were 40 meters above ground level on a narrow circular balcony looking out over the abyss. The main sound source was a crystal bowl, played by João Silva, which was struck and resonated with a stick. Paulo Raposo processed these sounds and diffused them throughout the space via 6 channels, 4 of which were small self-powered speakers, arranged symetrically around the circumference of the dome. Carlos Santos also moved throughout the space and the audience with a small glass and a Tibetan bell.

The sonic interactions in "Book of Hours" aimed to reveal the inherently active qualities of the space, itself a performer in this acoustic dialog."

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