An ongoing meditation on derive, abandonment and devastation through the streets of Lisbon, a city suddenly stormed by a tsunami of gentrification, lack of habitation, where the helpless and the destituded seek shelter.
"Petition pour l’abolition de la musique concréte en Lisbonne Vol. I looks behind Lisbon’s beautiful facade to investigate its homelessness problem. Voices in Portuguese, Spanish, and English describe the city from different perspectives—young women enthuse about its excitement and unpredictability while a nun narrates her difficulties in helping unhoused people through prostitution, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Literary readings cast oblique light on the situation, as in “a bag of water,” which features lines from Maurice Blanchot’s story “The Madness of the Day” (“I have been poor, then richer, then poorer than many people…”). The field recordings presented here are not of busy public areas but of back streets and abandoned buildings, made more eerie by Marco Scarassatti’s wind instruments. It’s a compelling yet harrowing portrait of a world capital, steely-eyed and humane."
Voices recorded by 'Cebas', Steve Peters, Line Horneland, Rosalina Marshall, Andrew Paterson, Paulo Raposo.
Wind Instrument by Marco Scarassatti and Paulo Chagas (bass clarinet))
Thanks to Radio Art Zone, Nuno Torres and Rreis for setting it up.
Field recordings by Paulo Raposo and Carlos Santos: #11-13- for "VFX" movie premiered in Casa da Música, Porto.
Produced by Paulo Raposo for Radio Art Zone, EVA and Casa da Música.
Mastering by Carlos Santos and Paulo Raposo.
Cover image by Ricardo Reis/Radio Zero (performing Theories of Clouds)
A fearless cult figure from New England's underground scene, Sawyer's no-fi experiments with everyday objects and body sounds are greatly rewarding to those who have the patience and curiosity to give them a chance. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 20, 2017