This 10" Vinyl EP is the first manifestation of an exciting collaboration between London-based music producer / performing artist Gaudi and the ever classy champions of genre-bending and experimental contemporary music, RareNoiseRecords. This hot-off-the-press taster, which will also be available in multiple DL formats, is an introduction to the forthcoming full length release, to be titled Magnetic, due to be released late Spring 2017.
Gaudi, a much respected producer and performer with 15 studio albums under his belt, has been working to dissolve musical boundaries for over 35 years now, and is best loved and noted for his genre blending and high quality dub-centric productions. He has been let loose in the RareNoise vaults and has set himself the creational challenge of composing an album of entirely new music using the full palette of the RareNoise catalog as his orchestra.
Gaudi is no stranger to this kind of undertaking having previously taken on the challenge of composing and producing an album of new music working with vocal parts from archives of legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The result of this multi-year endeavor, released with the title "Dub Qawwali", earned him a nomination for a BBC World Music Award: It was not only a beautiful and sensitively handled piece of work, but also a landmark album in which the very concept of 'remix' was taken to the next level to become 're-composition'.
In this respect, "Magnetic' represents an even greater challenge than Dub Qawwali: the sheer breath of the source material offered by the RareNoise catalog, which spans a high dimensional manifold of genres, has stimulated and challenged Gaudi to work with a vast array of styles, instrumentation and flavors in order to create the master blend, a true challenge of distillation.
Side A of this 10" Vinyl EP is home to the track "30Hz Dub Prelude" and there's no mistaking from the first bar that this one is all about the bass - provided by psychedelic prog-rock artist Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree fame. Drawing also from the rock side of the spectrum this track gets edge and pace from the drums of Ted Parsons from cult band Killing Joke. Guitars are by Eraldo Bernocchi and vocals by Japanese experimental vocalist Coppé are used as texture throughout and under the surface. Gaudi plays Minimoog, korg MS20 and fender rhodes. The trombone of Brian Allen (member of Brainkiller) draws you in and leads you as it meanders like a liquid brass river through the track.
Side B is a more subdued affair. "Electronic Impromptu in E-flat Minor" is an evocative time-slip into subjective reverie. A melancholy piece featuring Bill Laswell and Lorenzo Feliciati on Bass. Electronic noises and textures are crafted by Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) and tremulous nostalgic guitar by Eraldo Bernocchi punctuates the soundscape. It is a deep, drawing track which is tense and moody in tone, but softened by the satie-esque piano of Alessandro Gwis and Gaudi's trademark Theremin with it's unmistakable and luring voice. Drums by Steve Jansen (the drummer from art pop band Japan) give the track a purposeful yet faltering pace which further reinforces the space and flavour of the track - it is a song of counterpoints, spacious yet introspective, dark yet with a hint whimsy.
The list of artists who have lent their sounds and skills to the overall project reads like a 'who's who' of musical talent and gives warranted indication as to the quality of the ingredients; Artists to be featured in the final full length release Magnetic willinclude Tony Levin (best known for his work on bass with King Crimson and Peter Gabriel), Pulitzer prize finalist and avant-garde jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, ambient music legend and master of sonic experimentalism Harold Budd, Pat Mastelotto (drummer from XTC, David Sylvian, King Crimson, Sugar Cubes), experimental guitarist Buckethead (Guns 'n' Roses, Bootsy, Iggy Pop) and internationally acclaimed Italian born jazz trombonist Gianluca Petrella to name but a few.
In this project Gaudi has become like the master blender at the whisky distillery... Carefully searching through the warehouses to find the right flavours, taking a hand picked selection of the best spirit of the RareNoise stable and from amongst their individual notes and character, creating his own unique blend - the RareNoise signature malt!
TRACKS AND CREDITS
A SIDE - 30HZ DUB PRELUDE
GAUDI - minimoog, korg MS20, fender rhodes, programming
COLIN EDWIN - bass
TED PARSONS - drums
BRIAN ALLEN - trombone
ERALDO BERNOCCHI - guitar
COPPE' - voice
B SIDE - ELECTRONIC IMPROMPTU IN E-FLAT MINOR
GAUDI - theremin, minimoog, piano, programming
BILL LASWELL - bass
STEVE JANSEN - drum
ERALDO BERNOCCHI - guitar
MASAMI AKITA (aka MERZBOW) - electronic noise
LORENZO FELICIATI - bass
ALESSANDRO GWIS - acoustic piano
Produced and arranged by Gaudi.
THE VINYL contains the download code for a third track as well - called "Nocturnal Sonata," which also will be part of the 2017 release "Magnetic."
Bonus Download - NOCTURNAL SONATA
GAUDI - Drum, Piano, Vocal Choir, Minimoog, Korg MS20, Programming.
MARK AANDERUD - Piano
BILL LASWELL - Bass, Drones
BUCKETHEAD - Guitar Noises
MARTIN SCHULTE - Electronics, Programming
HERNAN HECHT - Drums