(Amsterdam) Memory Space
Alvin Lucier / MAZE
The idea of representing one set of sounds with another is central to Alvin Lucier’s Memory Space. Written in 1970, the score instructs:
“Go to an outside environment (urban, rural, hostile, benign) and record by any means (memory, written notations, tape recordings) the sound situations of those environments. Returning to an inside performance space at any time later, re-create, solely by means of your voices and instruments and with the aid of your memory devices (without additions, deletions, improvisation, interpretation) those outside sound situations.”
MAZE, 'ensemble for exploratory music', delivers a new version of this piece. MAZE is an electroacoustic ensemble dedicated to performing music that challenges the idea of fixed form and a fixed listening perspective. The aim of the ensemble is to offer the listener different forms of navigating their own path in the music.
Anne-James Chaton + Andy Moor
Transfer series by Andy Moor and Anne-James Chaton and finally released on CD. Next to compiling all the wonderful tracks from the original series on vinyl, this CD includes original new tracks, this time based on Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”, and the sinking of the Titanic. Three bonus tracks have been added to the CD including the “USA” version of the compelling and hypnotic track “Metro”. Guest musicians include Yannis Kyriakides and Christine Abdelnour.
“I find the most creative situation for improvising is with musicians with whom you’ve built up a relationship over many years, but with whom you don’t play together too often. You do have a shared history to work from, but each time you meet you also bring something new from your separate experiences since last you played.”
Second appearances of both Magda Mayas and John Butcher on the label, teaming up with excellent partners in 2 live trios combining great precision and skills with a wonderful depth of imagination.
Resorts & Ruins
Unsounds is delighted to present new work by Yannis Kyriakides. A set of three recent sound works by Yannis Kyriakides using source material that highlights specific vocal traditions, namely Turkish pop music, Cypriot epic song, and Baroque opera, and make extensive use of other forms of speech and vocal acts.
The CD comes with a postcard series created by Isabelle Vigier: “The Golden Seaside” based on old postcards of the resort town Varosha. This is the Cypriot ghost town where Kyriakides recorded “Varosha (Disco Debris)”, one of the pieces featuring on this CD.