Oltre / Transparence dubplate: extended trilogy

by Robert Curgenven



Transparence” resonating dubplate | turntable | field recordings | guitar feedback | ventilator/fan

The “Transparence” dubplate, developed at O’ in Milan, Italy, works within the physical limitations of the vinyl medium, employing the object as sound source and also sound medium, to become an instrument in its own right. Using the non-linear acoustics of the gallery at O’, the dubplate was recorded, and later cut to disc in Berlin, at very low volume. This ephemeral audio signal becomes present during playback only at high volume, which subsequently produces, by design, a unique physical response from the room, air and amplification – creating deep undertones and blossoming overtones via these manifold resonances; simultaneously, the action of the stylus gently abraids the soft vinyl surface, causing the dubplate’s sound to gradually disappear and evolve, successively losing higher frequencies whilst acquiring new artefacts and crackle. OLTRE documents this degradation and transformation over two months of live performances. The integrated system of subsonic feedback from ventilators, acoustically gated binaural microphones, modal micro-variations in guitar feedback, field-recordings from across remote areas of Australia and the live, physical interplay of the turntable, dubplate and stylus, combine to create a field which moves beyond the original recordings and their individual spaces.

1 – Aria 1, 18th movement, recorded live at Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, 6 May 2009
2 – Aria 1 & 2, 12th movement, recorded live at Klub Kamieniolomy, Warszawa, Poland, 20 March 2009
3 – Aria 1, 13th movement, recorded live at NRD, Torun, Poland, 25 March 2009
4 – Aria 2, 13th movement, recorded live at NRD, Torun, Poland, 25 March 2009, additional guitar
recorded by Jörg Maria Zeger, Berlin, Germany, 11 September 2001
5 – Aria 1, 17th movement, recorded live at Codalunga, Vittoria Veneto, Italy, 26 April 2009
6 - Aria 1 - unknown movement, recorded live at Cube Cinema, Bristol, 2009 & Aria 2 - unknown movement, recorded live at Cinema Oblo, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2009
7 - Aria 2 - unknown movement, recorded live at Blue Note, Poznan, Poland, March 2009


released January 10, 2010

Tracks 1-5 from "Oltre" (released 10 Jan 2010, LINE)
Mixed in Berlin, Amsterdam, Milan, Ionian Sea and London: April-July 2009 | Mastered by Rashad Becker, Berlin, 7 July 2009
Cover photography: Patrick Boland – Cockatoo Island, 2008
Dedicated to Rayner Wentworth Mitchell

Track 6 - from WM25 LP with Will Montgomery (released 2012, Winds Measure Recordings) recordedfields.net/records/wm25/
Part 1 (17mins) mixed in London, UK (August) and Flensburg, Germany (November) from live set recorded at The Cube Cinema, Bristol, UK, 12th July, 2009. Part 2 (3mins) recorded live at Cinema Oblo, Lausanne, Switzerland, 25 May, 2009

Track 7 - previously unreleased track.


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Robert Curgenven

Curgenven's work emphasizes physicality, our embodied response to sound & its relation to location, air, weather & architecture; including works produced for National Gallery of Australia, Palazzo Grassi Venice, Sydney Festival, Maerzmusik & Transmediale Berlin. The Wire (UK) surmises “behind the music lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.” ... more

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