Sunday, 4 January 2015


"Harmonices mundi"
Year:    2012
Country:    Catalonia  (Spain)
City:    Barcelona
Label:    Mantricum rec.
Format:    CD
Edition:    100 copies
Tracks:    5
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:       Noise       Drone

Here we have together two talented noise musicians from the small catalan noise scene. First track was made by Oscar (Gyakusatsu) and has a touch which remind me a lot dark ambient and dirty industrial sounds and second track made by Carlos Villena it sound more in his habitual musical style which electronic and "clean" noise with ambient and drone landscapes. The rest of the CD, three tracks in total, are a balance between these two artists, so, a mix with the typical old-school industrial music with field recordings, ambient landscapes and drones. In general the album remind noises with a natural origin such as: fire, earthwake, vulcanu, huracaine, etc. and we can to mention CARLOS VILLENA is a man who like a lot nature related subjects (flora, forests, animal rights, environmental protection, etc) and maybe that interest is also reflected in his music. The track number four (for example) is quite similar to sounds and small noises made by wind. Each track has infinite room for interpretation. Perhaps this is because he has insisted his music is not just entertainment, but a guide to achieve a certain state of mind. The same track might be fitting as the soundtrack to a UFO abduction, capitalism decay, slow television or a late-night walk in the park. And to finish the cover of the album (as the majority of CARLOS VILLENA works) is also very similar to natural elements, in this case a kind of rock texture. I don't If now is still avaible inphysical format but you can to buy this release HERE .
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"La foscor de les gàbies"
Year:    2009
Country:    Catalonia  (Spain)
City:    Barcelona
Label:    Mantricum rec.
Format:   net
Tracks:    1
Time:    20 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:        Space        Drone      Noise

Meditative music doesn’t have to be elaborate to be effective. Indeed the genre that arguably reaches deepest into the human consciousness–drone–is rooted deeply in a simplistic consistency. Simultaneously, single chords which start out as recognizable can shift into a multitude of transcendental entities. In this manner, CARLOS VILLENA performs his spiritual communication. Beautiful, natural landscapes are painted with his warm machines (synthetizer, computer, pedals, etc.). The cloud of airy tones lead the mind to a deeper understanding of something beyond. Yet, an eerie sort of presence can be felt that slowly creeps into that peaceful outer space. For everybody who like his releases, there’s another tone or emotion, and for every release there are a million visions that the music can guide the listener towards. CARLOS VILLENA can work his distorted samples into any atmosphere.
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 Here below you can see some awesome VILLENA's paintings and more HERE .