Things That A Mutant Needs To Know: More Short And Amazing Stories
Unsounds is thrilled to release an extraordinary project by Reinaldo Laddaga, where reading and listening go hand in hand. The book is a collection of fifty-five short tales and fifty-five brief music pieces composed by a momentary collective of eighteen musicians, some previously featured on Unsounds. The texts are an assortment of tales written or compiled by diverse authors (from Lucian of Samosata to Virginia Woolf, Emanuel Swedenborg to Blaise Cendrars). There are stories of walking trees, burning dresses, illnesses mysteriously cured, and deaths surprisingly reversed. The music consists of sonic readings and reactions to the stories composed by Christine Abdelnour, Claudio Baroni, Justin Bennett, Silvia Borzelli, John Butcher, Alan Courtis, DJ Sniff, Barbara Ellison, Ron Ford, Yannis Kyriakides, Anne LaBerge, Reinaldo Laddaga, Francisco López, Machinefabriek, Andy Moor, Gabriel Paiuk, Santiago Santero, and Felipe Waller.
Listen to the music, read the tales, and, if at all possible, listen to the music while reading the tales, because sounds and texts mirror each other in sometimes direct, sometimes oblique ways.
Available as a book with 2 CDs. Enhanced eBook, in English or Spanish, coming up December 15.
(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.