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Merche Blasco / Derek Baron // Travesía / The Matrix TAPE

Merche Blasco / Derek Baron // Travesía / The Matrix TAPE

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A split cassette released in January 2023 by Spanish experimental musician Merce Blasco and Derek Baron, president of the American experimental label Reading Group, from the American experimental label Full Spectrum.

Contains 2 songs from collage to spoken word. Comes with DL code. 

Below is a commentary by the label.

Blasco's "Travesía" presents the haunting sonorous and emotional history of a series of bunkers she encountered during her travels through the Spanish Pyrenees.Ordered by dictator Franco and built by prisoners of war between 1944 and 48, the bunker was one of Europe's most ambitious defense projects at the time, but it was never fully completed and used as intended. There was no.After the fall of Franco, the site was buried and forgotten, but recent efforts by organizations to confront the dark side of Spanish history have brought it back to life. "A vast network of buried and forgotten bastions of dictatorship embodies the tendency of Spanish society to bury its dark history in order to collectively move forward.

Baron's work, on the other hand, is the expansive "The Matrix."The work was developed through a process he personally calls "YouTube Kabbalah" and includes video tutorials, spiritual self-help tapes, open access resources for music educators, and his own field recording archive. Quoted from various sources, such as:The result is a rich sonic melange that seeks to reconcile itself with the discovered world, centered around a semi-alletric audio documentary that stitches together the artist's life and the internet. A spiritual successor to the 2020 work To the Planetarium, this work attempts to approach the continuity of radio, but without any particular thematic intent or curatorial purpose, it is a kind of trance. It's something that gets caught up in the ether like a historical shuffle.

These works were developed independently of each other, but they reinforce and deepen each other. The two sonic cartographers draw the opaque outlines of their respective cultural identities, slowly approaching a common horizon. "


Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Full Spectrum Records releases available at Tobira. 

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Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case. Edition of 100.

Tracklist:

  1. Merche Blasco - Travesía 22:24
  2. Derek Baron - The Matrix 20:20

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Full Spectrum:

"Full Spectrum Records dips our toes into the new year with a split release featuring two newcomers to the label, Merche Blasco and Derek Baron.

Spanning the a-side, Blasco's “Travesía” sounds the troubled resonance and emotional history of a series of defensive bunkers she encountered on a trip to the Spanish Pyrenees. Ordered by the dictator Franco and built by prisoners of war between 1944-48, this was one of Europe's most ambitious defensive plans at the time, though the bunkers were never fully completed or used as intended. “The massive network of the dictatorship´s buried and forgotten fortifications embodied [to me] the tendency in Spanish society to bury our dark histories in the interest of collectively moving forward,” explains Blasco, “despite how denial of the past has continued to prevent our collective healing.”

On the flip, we find Baron's expansive “The Matrix.” Developed through a process that they have privately taken to calling “YouTube Kabbalah,” this piece pulls from a wide variety of sources material, including video tutorials, spiritual self-help tapes, open access resources for music educators, and their own personal field recording archive. The result is a rich melangé of sound that attempts to harmonize itself with the found world as it coalesces around a semi -aleatoric audio-documentary stitched together from the artist's life and the internet. A spiritual successor to their 2020 piece “To the Planetarium,” this piece attempts to approach the ongoingness of radio, but without a particular thematic intention or curatorial aim, spooling off into the ether like some sort of transhistorical shuffle.

While these pieces were developed independently of one another, they reinforce and deepen one another: two sonic cartographers charting the opaque contours of their discrete cultural identities and slowly approaching a shared horizon.
 "

Artist : Merche Blasco / Derek Baron

Label: Label: Full Spectrum Records

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A split cassette released in January 2023 by Spanish experimental musician Merce Blasco and Derek Baron, president of the American experimental label Reading Group, from the American experimental label Full Spectrum.

Contains 2 songs from collage to spoken word. Comes with DL code. 

Below is a commentary by the label.

Blasco's "Travesía" presents the haunting sonorous and emotional history of a series of bunkers she encountered during her travels through the Spanish Pyrenees.Ordered by dictator Franco and built by prisoners of war between 1944 and 48, the bunker was one of Europe's most ambitious defense projects at the time, but it was never fully completed and used as intended. There was no.After the fall of Franco, the site was buried and forgotten, but recent efforts by organizations to confront the dark side of Spanish history have brought it back to life. "A vast network of buried and forgotten bastions of dictatorship embodies the tendency of Spanish society to bury its dark history in order to collectively move forward.

Baron's work, on the other hand, is the expansive "The Matrix."The work was developed through a process he personally calls "YouTube Kabbalah" and includes video tutorials, spiritual self-help tapes, open access resources for music educators, and his own field recording archive. Quoted from various sources, such as:The result is a rich sonic melange that seeks to reconcile itself with the discovered world, centered around a semi-alletric audio documentary that stitches together the artist's life and the internet. A spiritual successor to the 2020 work To the Planetarium, this work attempts to approach the continuity of radio, but without any particular thematic intent or curatorial purpose, it is a kind of trance. It's something that gets caught up in the ether like a historical shuffle.

These works were developed independently of each other, but they reinforce and deepen each other. The two sonic cartographers draw the opaque outlines of their respective cultural identities, slowly approaching a common horizon. "


Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Full Spectrum Records releases available at Tobira. 

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

Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case. Edition of 100.

Tracklist:

  1. Merche Blasco - Travesía 22:24
  2. Derek Baron - The Matrix 20:20

++

Full Spectrum:

"Full Spectrum Records dips our toes into the new year with a split release featuring two newcomers to the label, Merche Blasco and Derek Baron.

Spanning the a-side, Blasco's “Travesía” sounds the troubled resonance and emotional history of a series of defensive bunkers she encountered on a trip to the Spanish Pyrenees. Ordered by the dictator Franco and built by prisoners of war between 1944-48, this was one of Europe's most ambitious defensive plans at the time, though the bunkers were never fully completed or used as intended. “The massive network of the dictatorship´s buried and forgotten fortifications embodied [to me] the tendency in Spanish society to bury our dark histories in the interest of collectively moving forward,” explains Blasco, “despite how denial of the past has continued to prevent our collective healing.”

On the flip, we find Baron's expansive “The Matrix.” Developed through a process that they have privately taken to calling “YouTube Kabbalah,” this piece pulls from a wide variety of sources material, including video tutorials, spiritual self-help tapes, open access resources for music educators, and their own personal field recording archive. The result is a rich melangé of sound that attempts to harmonize itself with the found world as it coalesces around a semi -aleatoric audio-documentary stitched together from the artist's life and the internet. A spiritual successor to their 2020 piece “To the Planetarium,” this piece attempts to approach the ongoingness of radio, but without a particular thematic intention or curatorial aim, spooling off into the ether like some sort of transhistorical shuffle.

While these pieces were developed independently of one another, they reinforce and deepen one another: two sonic cartographers charting the opaque contours of their discrete cultural identities and slowly approaching a shared horizon.
 "

Artist : Merche Blasco / Derek Baron

Label: Label: Full Spectrum Records