Friday, 31 August, 2007

No Noise Reduction - The Complete No Noise Reduction (1995)




"In a sense Portuguese duo Paulo Feliciano and Rafael Toral put Gunderson's concept and attitude cheerfully into musical practice. They use just about any object associated with pop culture as their instruments. As is stated in one of the pieces, they have "borrowed from everyone else's universe". The forty-six tracks, ranging from zero seconds (it is cued as such) to an exceptionally long 4' 45", defy any description that would attempt to do justice to the variety in approaches and sounds resulting from them, and to the wit and the humor with which this album has been put together.

A few scant examples should suffice. Toral and Feliciano realized a piece that everyone whose musical awareness predates the digital era must have fantasized about: glue the halves of a broken record together so that the playing area has a side A and a side B component, then play the record. On another cut, Groove Grinder, they play scratchy run-out grooves. They make some heavenly sounds with tones of a music box played with serious warpage from a sampler and a sustain guitar. They rebound the whish and whoosh from an amplified spring coil by wringing it back and forth through a sampler and entitle that in poetic jest Sonic Spring. This work is nothing short of inspired. The shining new wheelbarrow pictured on the cover illustrates what may well be their motto: "The tools you use are just as pure and clean as the use you put them to".

René van Peer, Experimental Music Instruments



Rafael Toral: tapes, noise burst guitar, turntables, harmonica wire-jamming, sampler, etc.

Paulo Feliciano: turntables, sampler, bowed cymblas, r5 prog, drums, etc.

See comments for details

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8 comments:

bravojuju said...

1. WHERE ARE WE GOING? AND WHAT ARE WE DOING? 1'40"

excerpt from a 4-simultaneous-texts lecture by John Cage (1961).

Rafael Toral- voice, filters
Paulo Feliciano- voice

2. PEACE BOOST 1'25"

PF- noise burst guitar, random tape edits
RT- bowed cymbals, mute switching, mariachi-tuned silvertone guitar

3. TWISTER BLUESY 2'24"

Raquel Feliciano- wired harmonica
RT- harmonica wire jamming, keyboard (sinewave)
PF- les paul guitar, harmonica wire jamming

4. CD PLAYERS 1'14"

the sound source is not the disc, but the mechanical sounds of the player
PF- cd player
RT- sampler (cd player)

5. ARTSCRATCH 1'04"

RT- silvano turntable, videotape
PF- sunny-vox turntable, videotape

6. TWO LOVING GUITARS 1'00"

PF- two guitars touching each other

7. VYNIL-A-CRISP (NO NOISE REDUCTION No. 2) 1'17"

RT- vynil records, sampler (vynil records)
PF- sampler (vynil records), vynil records

8. BLACK CDTH 1'46"

PF- prepared compact disc
the prepared compact disc is a CD with narrow slices of tape stuck in the back. the laser beam stumbles on them and behaves in very unpredictable ways.

9. ONE GUITAR . . 1'43"

one take recorded with us two playing on the same guitar.
RT- wet finger rubbing, metal scraping
PF- guitar strings

10. TWILIGHT ZONE 1'54"

PF- guitar feedbacks, turntable
RT- guitar, feedback treatments

11. STEWART MIX 1'59"

the first thing ever recorded by nnr
RT- roland TR 808, guitar, turntable
PF- guitar, sampler

12. GROOVE GRINDER 0'50"

PF- sunny-vox turntable
RT- silvano turntable

13. BOOTS RANDOM 1'38"

RT- 808, processing, turntable
PF- 808, sampler, hifi switch (turntable)

14. THE A2000 SPEECH 2'02"

pronounciation errors were generated by the software, left to itself
PF- a2000 voice generator and sampling software
RT- inverted guitar, modulated video monitor radiation

15. EVERYONE ELSE'S UNIVERSE 1'45"

RT- sampler, videotape
PF- drum machine programming, guitar, sampler

16. GUITAR THING 0'59"

PF- guitar
RT- turntable

17. MOTORWAY 2'04"

RT- sampler (jeep), beat box, mystery tape recycling, guitar
PF- guitar solo, fake bass

18. CARUSO REFLECTOR 1'28"
PF, RT- shaving machine-excited cymbals, microphone scanning, turntable


19. SONIC SPRING 1'38"
RT- spring resonator

PF- sampler (spring resonator)
a spring resonator is a long coil spring with a contact microphone attached to one end.

20. GHOST 0'45"

PF- sampler
RT- guitar
Raquel Feliciano- clusters guitar

21. GOING UP? 1'32"

RT- contact microphone-recorded elevators
PF- early tape, mxr noise gate

22. NEGATIVE SUNDAY 2'05"

PF- prepared guitar, sampler (bells)
RT- turntable, sampler

23. LANDSCAPE GENERATOR 2'03"

RT- computer games
PF- computer games

24. NOT ENOUGH ATOMS 1'05"

PF- korg synthesizer, sampler
RT- aliased guitar, r5, midi jamming

25. SCRATCH FILTER 1'19"

RT- roland r5 beat box, turntable, filtering
PF- turntable, filtering

26. THE INCREDIBLE MARVIN 1'02"

PF- prepared compact disc

27. A, PATTI, B 1'21"

a 7" single found broken in two halves glued back facing opposite sides
RT, PF- turntable

28. FEET PIECE 1'25"

no hands here
PF- guitars (played with the feet)
RT- foot pedals, footswitches

29. DIE AND LIVE 4'45"

RT- guitars
PF- voice, sampler (bass)

30. HAM-A-RING 1'36"

PF- prepared guitars
RT- prepared guitars

31. STOP LOOPIN' AROUND (exit) 0'06"

RT- 808, sampler
PF- records, sampler

32. THE SECOND GHOST 0'39"

PF- guitar
RT- guitar

33. JIMI SETS THE SAMPLE ON FIRE 1'02"

RT- guitar
PF- sampler (fire), guitar

34. NO NOISE REDUCTION 0'33"

PF- noise
RT- noise

35. TOY CLOUD 2'32"

RT- guitar
PF- sampler (little music box)

36. PLASSTICK 0'20"

PF- mouth-taped plastic mic
RT- radio

37. TALKING HEADS 1'43"

hand-held tape playback heads gestually reading magnetic tape panels on the wall. a mono recording.
RT- tape head
PF- tape head

38. YR BACKYARD 0'52"

PF- prepared guitar
RT- field recording, prepared guitar

39. INTRO, THE GROOVE, 2'00"

RT- turntables, sample edits, midi
PF- scratch eq, r5 prog

40. 0'0,060" FOR A ROCK'N'ROLL BAND 0'06"

tina and the top ten blasting at full volume for 60 milliseconds.
PF- guitar
Falcon D- drums
Captain MD- bass
Johnny "boy" Santini- guitar
Mimi - silent
RT- precision edit

41. SHOOTING ASLEEP 3'17"

two e-bowed guitar duets; paulo actually fell asleep while recording one of them
RT, PF- guitars

42. SOUTH WARP 6 0'43"

RT- revox A77 tape recorder

43. LICKABILITY 2'44"

RT- drone guitar
PF- sampler (his voice), guitar

44. ECHO DOGS 1'37"

PF- television, field recording
RT- drums, field recording, processing

45. SWEETEST VOLTAGE 3'00"

RT- resonating fender jaguar, analog delayed ibañez.
PF- prepared gibson les paul deluxe, fender jaguar

46. NO NOISE REDUCTION No. 3 0'00"
open

arzan of the apes said...

Bravo, Juju!

said...

arzan of the apes said it - bravo. it's a bit hidden, ha? you announced this + a Mondriaan Strings on Fuzzy. i assume you know how to change the date of a post ("options" at the bottom, if you edit a post).

bravo juju said...

Actually, I didn't know that. Thanks for the suggestion.
But I must confess I'm not sure I like the idea of changing the post date. No doubt it would bring a lot more attention to the post, and it is true that reposting this way rarely compensates for the work - this will probably not get more than a handful of downloads. But I don't even like retouching old, clumsy posts.
It's irrational, I know, but rationality is not my strongest trait...

Anyway, thanks for your attention, and glad you liked this hidden repost.

Saúde!

said...

i understand - it's like "retouching" (french) the past, isn't it? you could announce re-posts in a simple text-post, maybe with links to older posts. but since you announced it already on fuzzy, interested visitors will search anyway.

Ochyming said...

Thanks, R. T. ROCKS!

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