Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
CD – Staubgold
These rarefied and fascinating elaborations are a new beginning for Rafael Toral, who casts aside his guitars, pedals and effects to use a new musical system that incorporates elements he built himself and analog electronic instruments he modified. This implementation which according to the author, will form the basis for his next years’ work, the ‘Space Program’ is configured as an operating platform open to the very varied sound explorations of the Portuguese master. Toral’s concept of sound is reminiscent of the historical avant-gardes traditions, that red line connecting Satie to Cage to Alvin Lucier to ‘discreet music’ to Brian Eno’s ambient theories. There are three tracks in this album, 13, 24 and 19 minutes long, with ethereal sounds suddenly emerging from extremely dilated and astral drones and controlled space-jazz influences, especially where he uses an unusual alto sax.