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Kepla // In Furnace TAPE

Kepla // In Furnace TAPE

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This is a co-produced cassette released by Chinese-British audio artist Kepla from Chinabot, a British label specializing in Asian artists, in September 2023.

Contains four songs recorded in a ruined chapel: free jazz, organ drone, and ghost contemporary.

*If you would like a digital sound source, please feel free to contact us.

Below is a commentary by the label.

Recorded during a heat wave in an abandoned chapel and composed through a slow, sporadic process, Kepla's new album In Furnace captures the eerie feeling of living at the end of the world. There is. With John Davis' multi-instrumental approach, joined by a broken church organ, and drawing us into a place of suffocating heat despite the stone cold, this album is about lost places. I am thinking about it and gathering new meanings.

In July 2021, John organized a week-long residency at Capel-y-Graig, a chapel-turned-art space in the Welsh village of Furness. There, he experimented with field recordings, experimented with cello and piano, studied the Suna, a traditional double reed instrument popular in China, and collected recordings for resampling.

After the residency, it became clear that instead of reworking the recordings, preserving the unique reverberations of the chapel, its surroundings, and the extreme climate would be the focus of the album. These contested objects, such as chapels no longer functioning for organized religion and musical instruments separated from their ceremonial functions, are becoming increasingly important as ecological collapse is no longer a distant future. It exists in the current era.

The idea for ``In Furnace'' was based on the 1989 film ``A City of Sadness'' directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, which depicts the ``Feb. 1947 Incident'' in which an anti-government uprising that occurred in Taiwan in XNUMX was brutally suppressed. After seeing his first major work), he immediately acquired a Suna and began learning to play it [...].

"I'm trying to give a certain sensibility to a lot of stories that touch on my own but feel alienated from."I'm of both Chinese and Welsh backgrounds and grew up in South London. "As an artist, these cultures are now becoming more distant," says John. “The Suna (hopefully) is not just an instrument for playing music, but a revitalized craft for reacquainting ourselves with what has been lost. , a space that demands to be activated by sound, provided by an organ with only one fully functioning lung. In Furnace explores the ever-more-common world of cultural and ecological collapse. It brings together emotional emotions into a textured elegy that touches the heart."

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Chinabot releases available at Tobira. 

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Ask us for digital files. Cassette in norelco case. 

Tracklist:

  1. Specter in Summer 04:29
  2. Horse Ladder 12:44
  3. A Clearing, Specter in Autumn 07:12
  4. Time In Furnace 07:18
  5. Sanctifier 07:02

Text excerpt from Chinabot:

"Recorded during a heatwave in a deconsecrated chapel and composed over a slow and sporadic process, Kepla's new album In Furnace captures the uncanny feeling of living at the end of the world. Through drawing us into a place of stifling heat against the coolness of stone , with a broken church organ among Jon Davies' multi-instrumental approach, it reflects on places that have been lost and gathered new meaning.

In July 2021, Jon arranged a weeklong residency at Capel-y-Graig, a chapel-turned-artspace in the Welsh hamlet of Furnace. He went there to experiment with field recordings, experiment with cello and piano, and learn the suona, a traditional double-reeded musical instrument made popular in China, as well as to gather recordings ready for resampling.

Following the residency it became evident that instead of reprocessing recordings, preserving the unique reverberation of the chapel, its surroundings and the extreme climate would become the album's focal point. These contested objects - a chapel that no longer functions for organized religion; an instrument unmoored from its ritual function - exist during a time where ecological collapse is no longer in the distant future.

The conception of In Furnace began by obtaining and learning to play the suona soon after seeing Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 1989 film A City of Sadness, the first major film to depict the February 28 incident in Taiwan, a 1947 anti-government uprising that was brutally suppressed[...]



[...]“I'm trying to give some sort of sensitivity to a lot of stories that I'm tangentially related to, but I feel alienated from them. As an artist with both Chinese and Welsh backgrounds, but having grown up in South London, these cultures are currently estranged,” Jon says. “The suona is (hopefully) an instrument not just for playing music but as an activated artefact to reacquainting myself to something lost. Similarly, the Capel is a space that demands to be activated by sound, with its incredible acoustics, as well as the organ with only one fully functioning lung.” In Furnace pulls the ever more common feelings of cultural and ecological disintegration together into a haunting, textural elegy.”

Artist: Kepla

Label: Chinabot

This is a co-produced cassette released by Chinese-British audio artist Kepla from Chinabot, a British label specializing in Asian artists, in September 2023.

Contains four songs recorded in a ruined chapel: free jazz, organ drone, and ghost contemporary.

*If you would like a digital sound source, please feel free to contact us.

Below is a commentary by the label.

Recorded during a heat wave in an abandoned chapel and composed through a slow, sporadic process, Kepla's new album In Furnace captures the eerie feeling of living at the end of the world. There is. With John Davis' multi-instrumental approach, joined by a broken church organ, and drawing us into a place of suffocating heat despite the stone cold, this album is about lost places. I am thinking about it and gathering new meanings.

In July 2021, John organized a week-long residency at Capel-y-Graig, a chapel-turned-art space in the Welsh village of Furness. There, he experimented with field recordings, experimented with cello and piano, studied the Suna, a traditional double reed instrument popular in China, and collected recordings for resampling.

After the residency, it became clear that instead of reworking the recordings, preserving the unique reverberations of the chapel, its surroundings, and the extreme climate would be the focus of the album. These contested objects, such as chapels no longer functioning for organized religion and musical instruments separated from their ceremonial functions, are becoming increasingly important as ecological collapse is no longer a distant future. It exists in the current era.

The idea for ``In Furnace'' was based on the 1989 film ``A City of Sadness'' directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, which depicts the ``Feb. 1947 Incident'' in which an anti-government uprising that occurred in Taiwan in XNUMX was brutally suppressed. After seeing his first major work), he immediately acquired a Suna and began learning to play it [...].

"I'm trying to give a certain sensibility to a lot of stories that touch on my own but feel alienated from."I'm of both Chinese and Welsh backgrounds and grew up in South London. "As an artist, these cultures are now becoming more distant," says John. “The Suna (hopefully) is not just an instrument for playing music, but a revitalized craft for reacquainting ourselves with what has been lost. , a space that demands to be activated by sound, provided by an organ with only one fully functioning lung. In Furnace explores the ever-more-common world of cultural and ecological collapse. It brings together emotional emotions into a textured elegy that touches the heart."

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Chinabot releases available at Tobira. 

----------------------------

Ask us for digital files. Cassette in norelco case. 

Tracklist:

  1. Specter in Summer 04:29
  2. Horse Ladder 12:44
  3. A Clearing, Specter in Autumn 07:12
  4. Time In Furnace 07:18
  5. Sanctifier 07:02

Text excerpt from Chinabot:

"Recorded during a heatwave in a deconsecrated chapel and composed over a slow and sporadic process, Kepla's new album In Furnace captures the uncanny feeling of living at the end of the world. Through drawing us into a place of stifling heat against the coolness of stone , with a broken church organ among Jon Davies' multi-instrumental approach, it reflects on places that have been lost and gathered new meaning.

In July 2021, Jon arranged a weeklong residency at Capel-y-Graig, a chapel-turned-artspace in the Welsh hamlet of Furnace. He went there to experiment with field recordings, experiment with cello and piano, and learn the suona, a traditional double-reeded musical instrument made popular in China, as well as to gather recordings ready for resampling.

Following the residency it became evident that instead of reprocessing recordings, preserving the unique reverberation of the chapel, its surroundings and the extreme climate would become the album's focal point. These contested objects - a chapel that no longer functions for organized religion; an instrument unmoored from its ritual function - exist during a time where ecological collapse is no longer in the distant future.

The conception of In Furnace began by obtaining and learning to play the suona soon after seeing Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 1989 film A City of Sadness, the first major film to depict the February 28 incident in Taiwan, a 1947 anti-government uprising that was brutally suppressed[...]



[...]“I'm trying to give some sort of sensitivity to a lot of stories that I'm tangentially related to, but I feel alienated from them. As an artist with both Chinese and Welsh backgrounds, but having grown up in South London, these cultures are currently estranged,” Jon says. “The suona is (hopefully) an instrument not just for playing music but as an activated artefact to reacquainting myself to something lost. Similarly, the Capel is a space that demands to be activated by sound, with its incredible acoustics, as well as the organ with only one fully functioning lung.” In Furnace pulls the ever more common feelings of cultural and ecological disintegration together into a haunting, textural elegy.”

Artist: Kepla

Label: Chinabot