Predominately working as a film director and visual artist, since the late 2000s Carlos Casas has occupied a remarkable double life with his work in sound, producing a handful of full lengths and EPs over the last ten years that span the worlds of musique concrète, electronic, electroacoustic, and ambient musical composition.
Casas’s contribution to the MMXX series, 1883 - Sound Model I - his second release with Matière Mémoire - is an uncanny electroacoustic composition that incorporates field recordings, synthesis, and acoustic sources. Building on a bedrock of material drawn from the natural world - bubbling water, birdsong, rain, environmental sounds - electronic pulses drive the work forward in hypnotic rhythm, before giving way to detain laden expanses of ambience, largely constructed from field recordings, that render surprisingly imagistic, abstract narratives of elastic potential.
Consuming, if not outright riveting, 1883 - Sound Model I is among Carlos Casas’s most ambitious and accomplished musical endeavors to date. We developed an instant love affair with it the moment the needle dropped.
Matière Mémoire presents the MMXX Series. In anticipation of the year 2020, Matière Mémoire asked 20 great artists to create an original 20 minutes piece and an artwork. Throughout this year, each quarter will see the release of 5 new vinyls, available individually or as a bundle. Each record is limited at 500 copies and comes as a crystal clear vinyl featuring an original track of 20 minutes on one side, and a laser engraved artwork on the other. Each contained in a transparent sleeve printed with the MMXX logo, and each coming with a print of the artist artwork.