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Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 12:52 am
Alejandra and Aeron: not bombastic

I've gone on about this before, but there's something friendly, superior, sensitive and deeply humane about the work of Alejandra and Aeron. Their recent album, Be Mine, contains people talking about the things -- and people -- they love, over field recordings, sounds, and fragments of songs. It's a sort of documentary CD, and also the record of an installation held in Berlin in 2005. How could I not love a record that begins with two tracks featuring friends of mine -- Anne Laplantine Loves The Sea But Loves Her Computer Most and Xavier Loves Videogames?



So, anyway, yesterday, out of the blue, I got an email from Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman saying they were in Berlin, and would I like to meet up for coffee? A couple of hours later we were sitting in Kauf Dich Glucklich, sawing with teaspoons at banana waffles and exchanging CDs. Theirs come in beautiful rough-papered artisanal sleeves, still overseen by Alejandra's mother in Spain, although the couple are now living in Gothenburg, Sweden, where Alejandra is doing a second degree at the art school.

"We met young and married young," says Aeron in a "confession" on the "Be Mine" album, "we have an ongoing love story." It's true; they make quite an impression -- Alejandra (29) has a high voice and the most incredibly enthusiastic vitality, making fierce-yet-kind eye contact all the time, bursting often into laughter. Aeron (35) is much more measured, serious and studious. He's from Detroit, but hasn't lived there for years, though he went back to gather sounds and stories for the pair's contribution to the Shrinking Cities exhibition.

Alejandra and Aeron met in Toronto, married when Alejandra was just 20, lived in Barcelona together, then moved to Sweden, where they'll stay for at least another couple of years. After that they may even move to Berlin, who knows? We tried to think of other artist couples who've stayed and worked together. They suggested Vladislav Delay and Antye Greie, Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M (I didn't even know they were a couple!). I suggested Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Nobody said Sonny and Cher, which I suppose is just as well.

Later, I went to the first event in the Kleine Field Recordings Festival, at which I'll be performing on February 9th. I went to see my friend Bernhard Gal's set, which contained a witty juxtaposition of a printer and meadow insects (they sounded very compatible). But I couldn't help feeling that some of the other performers were using raw, natural sound in too "musical" a way, and that meant becoming bombastic. Raw sound mostly isn't bombastic, but a certain (and understandable) human desire to impress makes it so when it's edited and played back in a concert setting. And I was reminded of just what it is I like about Alejandra and Aeron -- their sounds are sweet and soft and friendly and cool and objective. They're two of the least bombastic people alive.

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(Anonymous)
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)

The Matmos guys?


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dzima
dzima
ralf dziminski
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)

Steina & Woody Vasulka deserve a mention here. And there's always Gilbert & George...


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)

Actually Gilbert and George were the first ones I thought of, I just forgot them in the account!


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intergalactim
intergalactim
intergalactim
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)

i don't believe it! very, very good.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)

Nope!


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trill42
trill42
trill
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
It's in the States

U.S. shops are listed on their distribution page. You might be able to order it from one of them, whether or not any of them are near you...


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intergalactim
intergalactim
intergalactim
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: It's in the States

Their newest album "Billowy Mass" will be released by KNING DISK on March the 4th, at which point it will be available for mailorder from http://www.dotshop.se.

For their other releases, ordering direct from Lucky Kitchen is a good way to go (only a few $$ more from outside Europe)...


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alphacomp
alphacomp
Digital Video Camera
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
You look much better without a beard.

Takako Minekawa and Cornelius seem pretty obvious-ish, considering the latter's production work on Fun9.


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petit_paradis
petit_paradis
erik
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)

pierre & gilles.....


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)

Good call, yes! It does seem to work better, or longer, for gay couples than straight.


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kaipfeiffer
kaipfeiffer
Kai Pfeiffer
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)

well, john balance and peter christopherson separated beds before balance's deadly accident, but not artistically.
also, serge gainsbourg & jane birkin lasted for quite some time, i think?

lamonte young & marian zazeela! i read, they never spent a night separate during at least 40 years ...


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nicepimmelkarl
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Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)

:P


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dj_child
Two-Faced
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)

Lest we forget Charles and Ray Eames...


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nicepimmelkarl
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Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/4252421.stm

Show media Loading...


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desant012
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Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)

Field recorings are nice - they always remind me of those old documentaries on public TV.


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akabe
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alin huma
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)

that wouldn't be , god forbid, denim you're wearing. probably not, just the way the material reflects the light got me seriously worried for a second.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)

Not denim, it's a heavy woollen suit I bought in Scotland!


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)

And talking of denim, when I made the link to my coverage of the Shrinking Cities exhibition, I couldn't help noticing with a cluck of approval the fellow in this photo wearing bottle green trousers.

"That was a good exhibition," I mused, "it drew some original people".


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
from the tate concert

a bit out of topic but this has just turned out
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kopya


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)

Interesting stuff, is the February 9th/ appearance your first time to perform at a field recordings event?
Thomas S.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)

It is indeed, and I'm actually terrified, because my field recordings are extremely lo-fi and amateur. I suppose some of this attack on "bombastic" field recorders is partly a defensive manouevre, a way of saying "Okay, I won't have such fancy software or hardware involved in my recordings, but that may be no bad thing..."

Actually, I guess I "performed" as artist in residence at Future University back in 2005 by putting together radio programmes recorded on small handheld devices. Not having good equipment was turned into a virtue (portability, accessibility, ubiquity, simplicity) back then too.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)

Exactly, economy of means often yields more fecund results.
The best of luck with the gig.
Thomas S.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
lo-fi

Don't worry about being too lo-fi, Nick. Feedbacksociety did a last minute performance at the opening of foundtapesfoundsoundsfoundrecordersexhibition with dictaphones and dictaphone recordings they made in berlin the few days before. Everything very lo-fi, if not no-fi.
My big welcome to no-fi!

Those who will come tomorrow to the festival will see and hear some more equipment then laptops.

Greetings from das kleine field recordings festival,
Rinus


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Oct. 12th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: lo-fi

and the feedbacksociety kicked some serious ass!!! no-fi high quality heavy action performance!!! i loved it.! also the rest of festival was quit nice..
greetings,
Jamie Huligan


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intergalactim
intergalactim
intergalactim
Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)

Speaking of Anne Laplantine, what's going on with this?
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Also, with the Bombastic field-recording thing, I think there comes a time with too many effects and layers when it begins to not actually matter what the field-recording is of, which i think is bad. so, paradoxically, maybe it is in the *editing*, simply choosing which sounds to play, that virtuosity in such a field can be apparent ..? Gal's set sounds about right.


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