[microsound-announce] 3 NEW RELEASES: Cathy Lane (UK) , Christina Kubisch (D) & Eckehard Güther (D) and Rodolphe ALEXIS (F)

Lasse-Marc Riek lasseart at gmx.de
Fri Nov 15 03:45:54 EST 2013

Dear Folks,

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)
Field Recordings
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 
organization Doual'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 
from speakers....

*Rodolphe ALEXIS*: "Morne Diablotins" (Gruen 139/13)
Field Recordings
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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