[microsound-announce] 3 NEW RELEASES: Cathy Lane (UK) , Christina Kubisch (D) & Eckehard Güther (D) and Rodolphe ALEXIS (F)
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Fri Nov 15 03:45:54 EST 2013
we are very proud to announce the following works:
*Cathy Lane*: "The Hebrides Suite" (Gruen 127/13)
6 Tracks (60:52)
How does history -- past lives and past events- leave sonic traces and
how can we hear them?
The Hebrides Suite is the result of an attempt to answer this question
and the culmination of composer Cathy Lane's three decade long
engagement with the Outer Hebrides.
The Outer Hebrides form a 130-mile long archipelago about 40 miles off
the north-west coast of Scotland. There are more than 200 islands but
only a few are now inhabited. In the 2001 census the total population of
the islands was 26,502. The best known of these islands are Barra
(1078), Benbecula (1219), Berneray (136), North (1271), South Uist
(1818) and Harris and Lewis (combined population 19,918). There has been
an overall slow population decline in the islands over the last two
hundred years, with peaks and troughs caused by economic and political
fluctuations. In the 1840s poverty and famine lead to whole villages
being evicted by landowners, often brutally, to make way for the higher
profits of sheep farming. During these forced clearances many people
took assisted passages to Canada and Australia and as far away as
Patagonia and the Falkland Islands. In the twentieth and twenty first
centuries much of the island lands are still owned by absentee landlords
and the islanders' struggles for self determination and economic and
political control have continued....
*Christina Kubisch & Eckehard Güther*: "Mosaïque Mosaic" (Gruen 131/13)
13 Tracks (58:30)
My first visit to Cameroon in summer 2010 occurred thanks to an
invitation by the Goethe-Institut Yaoundé and the independent art
During my residency I prepared a sound installation for a festival in
Douala in December. I also conducted a workshop, together with Eckehard
Güther, for young local musicians and artists on the theme of field
recordings. Field recordings?
In the cities people are surrounded by distorted sound systems playing
lo-fi illegal copies of Cameroonian as well as international pop music.
The sounds from church services, instruments and voices are all
amplified as well -- the louder the better. A lot of what you hear comes
*Rodolphe ALEXIS*: "Morne Diablotins" (Gruen 139/13)
8 Tracks (72:56)
What did the Caribbean islands look like before the arrival of Columbus?
With this question in mind I took a short trip to the National Park of
Guadeloupe and to Dominica, one of the most preserved island of the
Lesser Antilles, which still retains some of its primary forest on the
slopes of its volcanic peaks. I crossed the paths of the 'Jaco' and
'Sisserou' (the endemic species of parrots), met some local insects and
tree frogs, but unfortunately failed to find any 'Mountain Chicken'.
This endemic giant frog -- Leptodactylus fallax -- has now virtually
disappeared from the island due to chytridiomycosis*. These recordings
were made in January 2013 near the Grand-Etang, Guadeloupe (track 1 &4),
and Morne Diablotins National Park, 'Syndicate Reserve, Grand Bay,
Thank you for your attention and listening! *DANKE SCHÖN!*
->Stream a mix by the Gruenrekorder label at the Wire, England:
->Read recent interview at Roger Batty, Musique Machine, England
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