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    Double album with CD1 studio album feat. Leo Maurel (on Stratagème #3) & CD2 flat concert in Paris feat. Adrien Daoud (saxophone, flute, shruti box).
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We started this piece by devising an analogy between what appears to us to be two opposite ways of confiscating time : music and money. Our attention was drawn towards an acoustic snapshot by the French composer Luc Ferrari that he identified as a money machine and within this disruptive process came the necessity to link the dystopia Erewhon written by Samuel Butler in the late 19th century. We focused on the controversial chapter named Musical Banks where Butler describes how money or currencies are reminders of our bygone relationship with gods thus money is not only a commodity void of sacredness – if not a straightforward profanation - but a paradoxical artefact whose sole purpose is to minimalise emotions within human interactions. Consequently one could consider the social act of music to be the strict opposite of the antisocial commodity that money materialises.
Intermission 00:33


"… may we not conceive, then, that a day will come when those ears will be no longer needed, and the hearing will be done by the delicacy of the machine’s own construction?"

Samuel Butler, Erewhon: The Book of Machines

One can either listen to Unbehagen (malaise, discomfort, alert… or monkey on a shoulder) as a similar ritual where play transforms sacred into a “topsy-turvy sacred” or just take it as a sonic investigation into secularized rituals, however remote even in the most profane forms. In Unbehagen bull-roarers and hurgy-toys as divination instruments or tools are probably what captures best the potency of the sacred act in this ambiguous relation between play and ritual which can also include today’s use of sonic warfare as a form of social control.

All tracks on CD A were created in studio except Stratagème #3, which was recorded in a residency in collaboration with Léo Maurel (Boîte à Bourdon) at the church of Dangolsheim. CD B contains a 37 minutes long live piece, which has been recorded professionally in one timeline during a concert in Paris with the participation of Adrien Daoud (saxophone).


released January 31, 2017

All music composed & arranged by Arden Day & Jan Vysocky.

All tracks recorded & mixed by Jan Vysocky.

Design by Wolfgang Natlacen on KOPFSCHLAG.COM

Mastering by studiocairos.com





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