CNVR08 | 13.03.2006
DAN WARBURTON / TU M'
Missing In Africa
format: CDR | packaging: discbox slider
duration: 42 minutes, 15 tracks
limited to 80 numbered copies
These loopy fruits bear genetic traces of a non-idiomatic improv harvest-field and of the biogenetic cut-up rhetorics that have redirected their evolution - the violin, digitally unwound, dispersed & re-looped, to arise resurrected as a screeching, synthetical though breathing thumbpiano (!) - into something of a strange kind of world music; specifically, a take at sub-saharan ethnological electro-acoustic improv, a music which as regards its concrete fruits could even be deemed 'conventional', were its actual genesis not achieved by such a wholly different trajectory. But, although conceivable from the aspect of the innate alterity hidden behind the waning mask of Old Europe - an alterity constituted by the contemporary leakages plaguing Fort Europe, an ever sinking vessel under perpetual repair in a open sea of migrational forces as old as humanity; and by the indeterable return of the repressed / oppressed that have borne the weight of Europe's rising - this music's pseudepigraphic signature just as well bears witness to the logical truism that there are as many ways leading to Rome (and Paris) as vice versa.
liner notes by Mark Pauwen
Which sounds can be generated by a violin? Dan Warburton and both his laptop colleagues Rossano Polidoro and Emiliano Romanelli explore the possibities of this instrument. The result is diversified, varying between a melancholic end, repetitive pizzicato and African experiments.
The opening of the album can be considered as a rather re-looped improv. session with returning concrete sounds. It's not what you would call easy-listening music. But as soon as a calm African atmosphere lurks around the corner, like for instance during the sixth and seventh track, things get more enjoyable.
This CD is different from previous Conv releases, discovering new territories, but a direction that can only satisfy the die-hards in experimental music.
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A while ago I made the mistake of calling Dan Warburton an American in Paris, but he's actually from the UK. Besides doing an excellent website of reviews (Transatlantic), he is also a musician himself, mainly on the violin. Here he works together with Italy's Tu M', a most active duo who have various releases available on various labels, such as Fallt and ERS. The press statement is not very clear about this, but somehow I don't think they played together in making this release. It has 'all tracks sourced in recordings by Maikol Seminatore, May 17th 2003. Live processing recorded entirely from samples of violin'. So rather than having two Italians on their laptops and one guy with a violin, I assume Tu M' fools around with recordings of Dan's violin playing, mainly looping them around (does the text really suggests it's just the programm fruity loops?). Cut them short, making them a little bit longer and than shorter again. I must admit I wasn't overtly impressed by this. I would have hoped for some more live action or better inter-action between the musicians. The best piece was he final 'Missing In The Dark Forest', in which sadly the violin disappears but at least there is some interesting music to be discovered.
[ Frans de Waard ]
CON-V EDITION | 2015