impact – new release by pan y rosas discos

10 06 2017

impact cover art

 

impact

is a concept album based around a simple approach: work around peripheral sounds and extended techniques, extract the most unusual and unheard from my instrument using close miking techniques.

 

after many years of dedicating all my attention to the saxophone, i decided to revisit some of the techniques i used when playing prepared electric guitar, this time using the strict limitation of dry acoustic guitar. the architecture of the instrument is altered using props strategically placed along the strings. the instrument sounds radically different, and placing it flat on the ground makes the physical relationship completely new.

turned percussive, harmonic contents augmented, resonance shifted, the guitar sound is barely recognisable. the conventional effects and textures are abstracted and this allows for a new range of soundscapes and dynamics. the mike positioning deliberately picks up every sound, every detail in a raw and intimate way that makes this recording unforgiving and intensely present.

 

in a similar way, the soprano saxophone is explored from the inside and exploded with precise positioning of mikes in order to concentrate on fragments of sounds usually unheard. for the whole of this recording, not a single note is played, nor the instrument approached in a traditional way. instead, i focus on the tiny percussive sound of keys and bursts of air around the body of the saxophone. the harmonic contents is purely structural, and modulates in microvariations according to the air flow.

another type of sound here is drawing harmonics hidden in the white noise of full blow air through the saxophone tube. the sax is mostly played without mouthpiece.

in both instances, the close miking technique takes you inside the instrument, and the spatial arrangement expands the physicality of the instruments beyond our experience of their sound, into the acousmatic listening. i strongly recommend using headphones for the full spectral and spatial experience.

 

the composition is full of details and sonic events carefully placed, so that the listening experience is fully immersive, very physical and quite intense at times.

as expressed above, this piece is raw and unforgiving. i made a deliberate aesthetic choice to present known instruments in a very challenging way, highlighting sounds which are mostly never heard. to this, i added some field recordings that augment the already rich palette of textures and gestures. the very tactile and sensual quality of field recordings add another dimension of sonic experience. and yet, here again, our sense of comfort is thwarted by altering recognisable natural sounds through the use of digital processing, positioning and perspective.

 

while in the process of making this album, i came across a documentary film about the horrors of war in the current form of colonialism. this raw and deeply upsetting revelation somehow connected to the close affect and impact i was looking for in the sounds i was creating. so i decided to add some of the devastating accounts and interviews from the film in the form of samples.

 

this work was made in 2011. for years i focused on being creative and producing a large amount of compositions and recordings. i am now in the process of making public some of these. so i am very pleased that the net label pan y rosas has kindly agreed to publish this one.

you can hear and download the full album from pan y rosas:

http://www.panyrosasdiscos.net/pyr217-herve-perez-impact/

 

 

 

 

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Graphic Ships at DUMBO Arts Fest 2013

31 12 2013

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live improvisation at the New-York DUMBO Arts Festival, Sept. 29th, 2013

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Lisa Lee (graphic design),
jesse ricke (guitar),
Emilie (violin & voice)
scott wollschleger (guitar),

online musicians:
andré D (bass),
alex cutterridge (laptop) and
hervé perez (laptop, sax)

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documentation of a live improvisation on Sept. 28th, 2013 at the New-York DUMBO Arts Festival

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the project

A creative means for a mediated journey, built from interactions between audience and performer, to achieve a synchronous audio expedition via an interactive visual vehicle. Artists will perform from locations throughout the Western hemisphere for an audience in New York, improvising off an ever changing graphic score generated by the presence of audience members. The audience will be free to move about the venue, their positions and movements interpreted as phrases for the score displayed as a 245 square foot projection.

Jesse Ricke is a media practitioner working in video, audio, and music, with an expertise in venue operation and event documentation. His political and social interests have lead him to internships with One Laptop Per Child in Peru, working with children in developing areas, The Groundswell Collective in the US, and his current position as technician for the new media non-profit studio CultureHub. His musical experience includes jazz studies at Florida International University and work in signed and independent groups.

Lisa Lee is an interaction designer and multimedia artist. Lisa had been working as a web designer with International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) and with the digital advertising agencies Kehch Creative Inc. and Bremen Digital Creative on campaigns for BMW, MINI, Benz, Nike, Levi’s, M&M’s, Dove, and others. She holds a BFA in Commercial Design from Chun Yuan Christian University in Taiwan and received her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in 2012. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

http://www.lisaleeishan.com/portfolio/graphic-ships/





sounding out in wales 2013

22 11 2013

Sounding Out is a project exploring outdoor and natural acoustics, architecture and sacred sites. these recordings are documents of in situ improvisations, inspired by the spirit and the special characteristics of a location.

on a trip round wales, a few musical stops offered a nice break from serious hiking. from holywell to llanwrst and betwsycoed, anglesea and north herefordshire… the trend of this series is certainly intimate and remote places, and yet the acoustic qualities are nonetheless wonderful. here are a few moments of inspiration i captured…

all the tracks below are also available here:
http://www.spacers.lowtech.org/herve/field/soundout/soundout.html

 

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melodic meditation

st bartholomew’s church, richard’s castle

herefordshire

soprano saxophone, 10 august 2013

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the calling

st bartholomew’s church, richard’s castle

herefordshire

soprano saxophone, 10 august 2013

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crop circular

st bartholomew’s church, richard’s castle

herefordshire

soprano saxophone, 10 august 2013

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box pews

st bartholomew’s church, richard’s castle

herefordshire

soprano saxophone, 10 august 2013

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illicit reading

vale crucis abbey

wales

soprano saxophone, 09 august 2013

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chapter house

vale crucis abbey

wales

soprano saxophone, 09 august 2013

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cumulus linguae

gwydir uchaf chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 09 august 2013

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sopranostratus

gwydir uchaf chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 09 august 2013

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trees and stone

lligwy settlement

anglesea

soprano saxophone, 07 august 2013

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the healing

holywell chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 05 august 2013

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in passing

holywell chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 05 august 2013

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by the pool

holywell chapel

wales

soprano saxophone, 05 august 2013

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sounding out north yorkshire 2013

10 10 2013

this summer, i return to two places which have a particular attraction and a very strong character. i am very pleased to have this opportunity to visit a region i really like, and playing there is always a great pleasure.

the acoustics in both places are very different. the energy too. and as a result, my playing changes accordingly. i seem to remember the same feeling from previous visits. i was struck both times by lady chapel. at first, the sound is very unpretentious. it does not seem great as the place is fairly small. but instead, the room is very responsive and colourful. and the quality is very sweet. moreover, each time i played was very inspirational. unlike most churches, the vibe was more full on, devotional, nearly trance like.

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pointilist viewpoint

lady chapel

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 02 july 2013

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first return

lady chapel

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 02 july 2013

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after the quiet

lady chapel

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 02 july 2013

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follow my drift

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 01 july 2013

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sea drifts

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 01 july 2013

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call to the horizon

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 01 july 2013

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wind on the moors

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 29 june 2013

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in the cracks of the rock

lastingham church

north yorkshire

soprano saxophone, 29 june 2013

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Megapolis festival, New York

21 04 2013

graphic ships to sonic shores

with jesse ricke (guitar), scott wollschleger (guitar), and mike (guitar)
online musicians:
andré D (bass), frank wilke (trumpet, trombone) and hervé perez (laptop, soprano sax)

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live improvisation at the megapolis festival, new york, 20 april 2013

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hear the performance here

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the performance took place in the CultureHub studio in New York with some performers present in the space. others were performing from Germany, France and the UK. the audience presence in the studio triggered graphics (generated by lisa lee using a live video feed and max-msp) which were projected and served as graphic score for the music.

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graphic score triggered by audience
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Long distance rehearsal for the Megapolis festival here

This live session was produced with a call conference software named “Scopia”.

Jesse Ricke – guitar,effects (live from U.S.A)
Hervé Perez – electronics, sax, shakuhachi (live from U.K)
Frank Wilke – horns (live from Germany)
André D. – bass (w/ebow+objects), archo eub (live from France)

recorded March 17th, 2013.

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the project

Graphic Ships to Sonic Shores – Jesse Ricke + Lisa Lee
A creative means for a mediated journey, built from interactions between audience and performer, to achieve a synchronous audio expedition via an interactive visual vehicle. Artists will perform from locations throughout the Western hemisphere for an audience at CultureHub in New York, improvising off an ever changing graphic score generated by the presence of audience members. The audience will be free to move about the venue, their positions and movements interpreted as phrases for the score displayed as a 245 square foot projection. Artists will include André D. of France, Hervé Perez of the UK, Frank Wilke of Germany.

Jesse Ricke is a media practitioner working in video, audio, and music, with an expertise in venue operation and event documentation. His political and social interests have lead him to internships with One Laptop Per Child in Peru, working with children in developing areas, The Groundswell Collective in the US, and his current position as technician for the new media non-profit studio CultureHub. His musical experience includes jazz studies at Florida International University and work in signed and independent groups.

Lisa Lee is an interaction designer and multimedia artist. Lisa had been working as a web designer with International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) and with the digital advertising agencies Kehch Creative Inc. and Bremen Digital Creative on campaigns for BMW, MINI, Benz, Nike, Levi’s, M&M’s, Dove, and others. She holds a BFA in Commercial Design from Chun Yuan Christian University in Taiwan and received her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in 2012. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.





kipple live at mopomoso

24 02 2013

kipple is the unique free jazz sextet i play with. the unusual instrumentation features two strong electronics section alongside guitar to provide both harmonic, textural and noise dimensions to the music. and as well as drums, we have two other acoustic players on trumpet and soprano sax.

we play with a surprising range of dynamics from full on free jazz to minimal noise improv and out of nowhere, a slow melody may appear and take you to ballad cloud-land… to then slap you straight back to contemporary weirdness and dissonant multiphonia…

it’s a rollercoaster of a journey and it won’t leave you any minute to catch your breath.

of course, music is best experienced live… but john russell at mopomoso is kindly documenting all his events, so here are some cool videos from london’s vortex.

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Ian Simpson (electronics), Derek Saw (trumpet/flugelhorn), Shaun Blezard (electronics), Hervé Perez (soprano saxophone), John Jasnoch (guitars) & Charlie Collins (drums/percussion) at Mopomoso free improvisation night. Filmed by Kostas Chondros at the Vortex, London, on 17 February 2013.

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Kipple is a word coined by the remarkable science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. It refers to the sinister type of rubbish which simply builds up without any human intervention. Eventually, one day, the entire world will have moved to a state of kipplization

From Phil Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

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Kipple combines the momentum of ESP era free jazz with a 2 man low fi electronics section in place of the piano. The rhythm section is that used by Sonny Simmons on his UK gigs. The free blowing trumpet/soprano sax front line manages to be intense and relaxed at the same time.

(Phil Morton, Frakture, 2011)

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shaun has posted more documentation of this group live on his blog:

http://shaunblezard.net/sound-work/musician/kipple/

which includes this video

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as well as audio recordings…

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Download @ The Internet Archive :: Direct Download :: Listen @ The Internet Archive

Released by Electronic Musik

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Download @ The Internet Archive :: Direct Download :: Listen @ The Internet Archive

Released by Electronic Musik





album Behind the Hill published with Nowaki

31 01 2013

Behind the hill…

“Behind the hill…”  is originally an impromptu series recorded by Christophe Meulien and André D. At their request, this improvised music session received the contribution of Hervé Perez. It’s this trio version we propose to you here, enjoy!

1. The lonely Mansion’s story
2. Behind the hill
3. The waiting room
4. Monday morning
5. Train for Newtown

Hervé Perez – soprano saxophone
Christophe Meulien – piano, samples
André D. – bass, objects

Recorded at Cuers (France) and Sheffield (UK) December, 2012.

listen to & download this album from Nowaki netlabel.