Recorded on 23rd October 2003, at Tcha Tcha Tcha Studio, Lisbon, Portugal.
Recorded by Diogo Tavares. Mixed and mastered by Ernesto Rodrigues and Carlos Santos.
Graphic design by Carlos Santos.
Production by Ernesto Rodrigues.
It's a lost cause. You'd like your floor and furniture to be tidy, break your neck in impossible ways, but fighting against dust is completely useless. There isn't much time remained - something must be done: you brush everything under a carpet, hoping nobody will notice. The room is now full of people, everything's going according to plan; suddenly - it happens. Someone stumbles upon the carpet and a cloud of dust rises, its small particles dancing and posing around the house once again. You have to accept your responsibility. There's no escape from sound fragments, either; for sure you can't hide what floats in the air. On the contrary, I love letting Ernesto Rodrigues, Manuel Mota and Gabriel Paiuk's music penetrate my system, place on my body surface - I can even smell it. When a player sets his instrumental goal like this trio do, music transforms and gets dissipative; no fix or trick will allow catching their wounded, faintly coloured timbral butterflies or will avoid them finding a secure place in that precise moment of life. The three don't need to nuke - a few well placed concepts are enough to implant a cancer into conventional way of playing, all for our listening satisfaction. Rodrigues breathes through wood and strings, evoking strange phrases like a scratched-from-the-lamp genius; Mota lets his eyeballs bouncing down on the fretboard, fingering lightly and nailing any crackle he finds in an otherwise perfectly clean tone; Paiuk appears like an old sage, his spare chords and notes as a constant admonition not to forget where we all come from - an elocution mixing freedom and self constraint. Suddenly, the music's absent. The record's over. I'm left with a shimmering, abrasive, gentle, intangible aural dust all over my place. Fighting against it will be a lost cause. Outside, a rain storm tells me I'm so small - like a tiny particle. Furthermore, I can't dance or float in the air, for that matter. Massimo Ricci
released March 3, 2003
Ernesto Rodrigues – Viola
Manuel Mota – Electric Guitar
Gabriel Paiuk - Piano
Ernesto Rodrigues (August 29th 1959) has been playing the violin for 40 years and in that time has played all genres of
music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and free improvisation, live and in the studio. The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements as well as the use of extended techniques....more