KTOTAM

by Andrea Pensado

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Improvisations with laptop (powered with MaxMSP) and voice. The voice has multiple functions: as a source (using texts, phonemes and all sort of utterances…), signal processor and controller. The approach to both performing and programming is highly intuitive.

"The name Andrea Pensado is entirely new to me, but this Argentinean composer has been around for some time. She studied music in Argentina and Krakow (Poland) where she lived for ten years, until moving back to Argentina in 1997; currently she lives in the USA. She works with laptop and voice. The laptop runs max/msp and the voice recites texts, but also acts as a 'signal processor and controller'. The seven pieces on 'Ktotam' are all improvised. Careful is not a word that springs to mind straight away. Its not until the fifth track, 'El Careta', that she pulls back a bit. Up until then, things have been pretty loud. The mastering is done by Jeff Carey, and if one is familiar with his music, than you may have an idea where to place Pensado's music: quite loud and vicious, noise based improvisations. Very digital, meaning it scratches the entire surface, loud versus soft, low end bass versus high end piercing frequencies. A voice as such is hard to recognize, nor any texts that are spoken - or not of course. Music like that Skiff++ or Office-R(6): one that is not strictly noise, but quite loud and very dynamic. Even at 'just' forty minutes this is quite a heavy, breath taking affair. You leave somewhat tired, yet satisfied behind." (FdW) ~Vital Weekly

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released May 1, 2011

Mastered by Jeff Carey at The Doctor is OUT Studios.

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Intelligent Noise Music of the non-entertainment genre. Netlabel, Cassettes, CDs, CDRs. Free improv, musique concrete. Black ambient metal. Field recordings, experimental electronics. Drones & Pop. Since 1983.

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