Julien A.Lacroix – ‘Uruk Romantic Tales #2’ LP 15€
First official release from French artist Julien A. Lacroix, Uruk Romantic Tales #2 is a concept album based in a supposable Mesopotamian landscape, hanging between past and future recalling nor one or the other. Born in 1984, Julien Lacroix works with instrumental recordings since several years ( recent works are distributed as free downloads onjulienadrienlacroix.fr ). He recently improved his composing technic including pseudo-historical paradigms, short fantasies, acoustic & processing experimentations. He picks fragments and ruins scattered on the ground, puts them together, and places them in imaginary scales and narrations lost in living memory. Lacroix’s work is capable of suspending time and it transforms it into a vision, a continuous research which leads to an immersive form of music. In the six passages of this album, he uses different stones and woods as percussion instruments or raw material digitally processed, strings, voices and electronic synthesis in a continuous oscillation between tension and expansion. It reminds the intimate side of Luc Ferrari and Jean-Claude Eloy’s French electroacoustic, sometimes touching the obscure and abstract sonic compositions of Giancinto Scelsi. Produced, played, recorded and mixed by Julien A. Lacroix. Mastered by Greg Davis. Backing vocals on “Elamites March”: Adrien Varcin, Eric Puygrenier, Rèmi Sylvestre. Screen printed at Legno studio, Milan. Limited edition black vinyl, 150 copies plus insert. 100 covers on green paper; 50 covers on yellow paper.
HERBAL RESEARCH – ‘Sound non Sound, tape n°2 (electronic, voice, flute and time treatments )’ C15 5€
Recorded between summer 2012 and spring 2013. Second work of audio composition by Herbal Research, Cristiano Carosi solo project. 15 minutes of assembled sounds split on 2 sides, divided in small distinct chapters where he creates new connections between familiar sounds and noises of the western musical language of our days; audio fragments, re- contextualized and masked in digital editing. Voices, synthesis and percussions filtered and debased during the process of sampling using a delay Digitech PDS 1002 in loop mode, layering several audio fragments and keeping margins of aleatoriality left by the leak of syncronization. Everything is then processed and edited on DAW, recycling sounds and visions to create new abstract audio patterns.