Another pristinely beautiful untitled release from Francisco López, extracting and arranging the sounds of the world with incredible attention to detail. Here we have a colony of seagulls (side A) and underwater creatures clicking and buzzing (side B), both from the Moroccan-Algerian border. Cut to ‘crystal clear’ vinyl that weighs 200g (yes, 200!).
LP £20.49 TAIGA 30
Limited crystal clear 200g vinyl LP on TAIGA Records. Edition of 300 copies in custom letterpress die-cut sleeve.
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This elusive piece of thick clear vinyl has a name that is no name, in true sound art style. I suppose, if the number is to be taken at all seriously, thinking of 300 titles for abstract works must be a frustrating task, especially if you want to leave the listener with absolute interpretation. Often I struggle to name this job - record overseer, or noise consultant? Untitled. Such a nice solution isn’t it?
He should have called this Water Stuff or something, as it consists of 2 pieces, ‘abovewater’ on the A and ‘underwater’ on the flip, both built from “original environmental sound matter” recorded on the Chafarinas Islands off the north coast of Morocco near the Algerian border. There are many, many gulls on the first side, so many in the 17 minute duration that the flock becomes a cawing drone that is definitely more than the sum of its parts. The ebb and flow of the tide peaks frothy, splashy rumbles underneath the fray, but you notice some possible intervention from Lopez - at spontaneous points, the waves will cut out or the gulls will travel across from speaker to speaker, but you really can’t tell whether that’s deliberate or just coincidence.
‘underwater’ on the B is arguably more interesting, as these unfamiliar clicks, gurgles and muted phrases are hydrophonic recordings of the world beneath the waves. Dolphins and tiny shrimps converse, creating an interplay between undulating pulses from the former and high frequency gibberish from the latter. The shrimps kinda sound like crumpling foil or plastic bags, goddamn pollution. These are detailed recordings laid mostly bare, but it exists as more of a documentation than a composition, which is fine, but I can’t help but feel simple curiosity and not too much more.
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