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Corpora Villa is a collection of electro-acoustic compositions from Iranian composer and artist Cameron Shafii. His interest in emerging technologies has informed an approach that leans heavy on generative systems. Here he experiments with the power of variation, of extremes and of time. On Conditional.

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Digipak CD on Conditional. Edition of 100 copies with beautiful Pantone artwork by Joe Gilmore.

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Corpora Vilia by Cameron Shafii
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 30 January 2019

'Corpora Vilia' is the second album from Philadelphia based, Iranian composer Cameron Shafii, following his 'DzGl' cassette from 2015, released on Spanish imprint Anòmia. You may or may not know that along with practising electronic and electroacoustic music, digital synthesis and acousmatic theory - he also runs the excellent Ge-stell imprint which has been host to fine output from; Dalglish / Scald Rougish, Brandon Nickell, Sote, Tom Knapp, NYZ, Lee Fraser and CoH.

This CD on Calum Gunn’s Conditional label comes in an edition of 100 copies with beautiful Pantone artwork by graphic designer Joe Gilmore. The sonics within are three extended pieces that venture deep into the possibilities of acousmatic sound. It’s basically a choose your own adventure as to where this music will take you, from it most quiet, almost invisible ambient microsound to the occasional brief moment of semi-violent clattering, unnerving piano, peculiar digital soundscapes, insect-like buzzes, flutters, flickers and creaks.

There’s a whole lot to explore and get lost in and it’s very much created in the adventurous spirit of legendary 20th Century avant-garde composers like Xenakis, Stockhausen etc. and even the musique concrète of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry. If someone woulda told me this had been an old lost tape unearthed from GRM, I would probably believe it but there’s some more contemporary digital stuff happening that wouldn't quite fit the mould. There are a few moments that make me imagine a fantasy collaboration between Francisco López, Kevin Drumm (at his most near silent), and some of Alvin Curran and Co's Musica Elettronica Viva output. If you’re seeking unconventional, immersive and adventurous sonics, look no further.



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