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João Castro Pinto

Faux Naturel

Label: Unfathomless

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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*2024 stock. 170 (hand-numbered) copies limited edition* "Faux naturel is a soundscape composition that intends to give an aural and musical expression to the idea of non-scission between man and nature, between the so-called artificial sound environments and natural sound environments. It also intends to represent a musical expression guided by the principles of ambiguity and the dilution of the boundaries between the natural and the artificial, between the acoustic and electroacoustic planes. Faux naturel is, therefore, a meta-soundscape, a composition that explores elements of geophony, biophony and anthropophony in a free way, i.e., not conditioned by the observance of the spatiotemporal coherence of the gathered field recordings for this composition.

The sound palette of this composition was captured in different latitudes and geographical spaces, being one of the main objectives of the piece to give concreteness to the idea of an imaginary itinerary, of a sonic journey constituted by the acoustic exploration of spaces that are, in certain cases and moments, similar (sharing formal semantic categories, for example: geophonic sounds [water in harbours / docks], or anthropogenic noise sounds, coming from vehicles, traffic), and, in others, totally different. 

Faux naturel presents soundscapes that depart from the acoustic material of the explored places to the phenomenological space of an audition that is embodied in moments of tension and liberation, of different perspectives of distance and magnified proximity, of unusual contrasts between euphonic, noisy and hypnagogic sound plots; dense and organic sound masses, textures and pronounced / unexpected musical gestures, seeking to involve the listener in a captivating and aesthetically variegated listening." - João Castro Pinto

Cat. number: U77
Year: 2022

Locations : Alhandra, Amarante, Cascais, Coimbra, Genève, Lisboa, Liverpool, Manchester, Tallinn and Tomar © all field recordings gathered between 2019 and 2022. The field recordings comprehend elements from geophonies (waterscapes: ocean, rivers, ponds, lakes), biophonies (birds, insects, dogs), anthropophonies (voices) & anthropogenic noise (assorted vehicles, dock platforms, fences, etc.). The piece also includes clean and processed field recordings from sound making, namely the manipulation of distinct materials and found objects in several locations. Hand-numbered limited edition of 170 copies.

For an enhanced sonic experience, and due to the extreme dynamics between silent and louder sounds, listen to this album at a loud volume, preferably via good quality monitor speakers or headphones. 

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