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Laura Mello
RINGING STILL LIFE

  • Laura Mello — electronics

Ringing Still Life is a 7″ concept-album.
The medium where I discovered what I would later learn to call hörspiel accompannied me throughout my childhood. At that time, I had a huge collection of children´s stories on 7″ vinyl, including pretty well done musical arrangements. Thus, I wanted to honor the format that surely influenced my further musical path, bringing together in one single concept two technologies that refer to different times: ringtones and vinyl records.

The double groove cut enhances the game with a chance operation: either you reach the groove with only ringtones in it, or you hear ringtones and field recordings. The material for the ringtones was generated in many steps within some years, played during a jam session recorded at the ELAK-Studios in Vienna, and other random recordings from the time, processed and re-composed later on.

The field recordings belong to another collection of mine which includes sound landscapes from many places I have been. Ringing Still Life is a sounding bridge between different media, times, places and my first work on vinyl.

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Format

Special double groove cut 7” + digital download
(includes 7 free ringtones, composed by Laura Mello)
limited to 300 copies
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Credits

  • All compositions by Laura Mello,
  • Recorded 2004—2017 by Laura Mello (Berlin/Blumenau/Curitiba) & Richard Bruzek (Vienna)
  • Mixed by Laura Mello
  • Mastered by Wolfgang Musil
  • Double groove cut at D&M Berlin
  • Cover art by Karen Tortato & Wendelin Büchler
  • Special thanks to ELAK @ MDW Vienna

Some praise…

“… a fairly chaotic (and quite lovely) racket…But it’s all pretty whacked.”
— The Wire (UK)

“Stichworte: Abfallsymphonie, Intermediaperformance, Living Radio, Intercultural Chirps, Schprachgelüste… Mello mixt Hör-Spiele und Soundclashes aus Rap & Klassik, aus Robotik und ‘La Paloma’.”
— Bad Alchemy (DE)

Reviews

Laura Mello is a Brazilian born sound artist currently based in Berlin. For her first vinyl outing she chose a double-tracked 7″, which means there are two grooves on each side, and whichever one the needle happens to end up following will determine what you hear. Two of the grooves feature ringtone-based sounds she has created over the years, the other two mix field recordings and other things in with these tones, making for a fairly chaotic (and quite lovely) racket. Pretty sure I’ve now heard all four tracks (by fiddling around quite a bit) and I think I prefer the flow of the multi-sourced collages to the ringtone bits, which tend toward the episodic. But it’s all pretty whacked.
— The Wire, Byron Coley

Corvo ist ein hingebungsvolles Forum für Konzept-Klang-Kunst in Vinyl und mit kunstvollem Design für Merkwürdigkeiten von etwa Gilles Aubry, Beam Splitter, Ezramo, Elena Kakaliagou, Ingrid Schmoliner, Nicolas Wiese… Dieses Scheibchen, das einen alternativ auf je zwei Spiralen kreisen lässt, ist die Spielerei einer Brasilianerin in Berlin, von der gerade auf Creative Sources mit “Está Verde!” auch eine Werkschau zu hören ist.

Stichworte: Abfallsymphonie, Intermediaperformance, Living Radio, Intercultural Chirps, Schprachgelüste (nach der Parole: Language is music, image and a virus. Image evoques movement, movement opens a space where sound can be heard, in form of words). Mello mixt Hör-Spiele und Soundclashes aus Rap & Klassik, aus Robotik und ‘La Paloma’. Hier erklingen aus Gitarren- + Klavier­schnipseln ein kleiner ‘Aaiii Guit+Klavier Gliss Guitarbong’-Groove und – plus Stimmfitzel und Vinylgeprassel – eine ‘Schnitzel-Caixinha-up/down-Glocken­leiter’-Rille. Entweder in sich zerrissenen, weil ohne, oder fließend, weil mit Fieldrecordings von Regenrauschen, Vogelstimmen, Froschgequarre, All­tagsgeräuschen. Die Klangbausteine gibt es nochmal extra als Ringtone-Downloads. “Ringing Still Life” ist freilich an und für sich schon ein Witz: There is no escape from ringtones! Nicht beim Essen (Restaurant), nicht beim Lesen (Lesesaal), nicht vor Stillleben (Museum), nicht auf Friedhöfen. Höchstens noch in Kirchen, im Theater, bei Konzerten. Erst wenn das letzte Refugium verkracht ist, klingelt’s dann?
— Bad Alchemy 100, Rigo Dittmann

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