machines

by francisco lópez

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Elevator Bath is extremely pleased to present this new double CD set of thematically-linked works from Francisco López, still unquestionably one of the major figures of contemporary experimental music. "Machines" collects four pieces recorded from 2004-2007, each of which is based upon sounds of machinery (clocks, elevators, and various laboratory and factory equipment) gathered, respectively, in Amsterdam, Leipzig, Barcelona, and Riga.

Yes, these compositions are permeated by an "industrial" sound, but these are very subtle arrangements, even with a wide dynamic scope and with silence playing a lesser role than in much of López' output. There is a strong rhythmic presence in these recordings, heavy with the weight of machinery. Thick sounds held in crisp clarity.

Blindfold or no, "Machines" offers an involving listening experience, drawing the listener deep into the various locales of its sources. And with a running time of more than two and a half hours, this is a substantial and important addition to the world of absolute concrete music by one of the most distinguished and distinctive artists in the field.

The physical version of "Machines" was originally issued by Elevator Bath as a double compact disc set and is available here: www.elevatorbath.com

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released January 17, 2016

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