News

Now Booking

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:01

 

 

 

After some time off (please excuse my lack of news), here are some updates:

 

Firstly, i am now happy and proud to be booked in Europe by amazing Filho Único.

 

Secondly, i have been developing some core group structures, working with people like Ricardo Webbens, Afonso Simões and Riccardo Dillon Wanke, all of them longtime collaborators (and talented musicians, goes without saying...). So there are now three different constellations of SPACE COLLECTIVE 3 ready to deliver.

 

Space Solo 2 was postponed to Spring 2015.

 

More will be happening this Fall.

Manifesto for electronic music

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 10/12/2013 - 17:30

I have condensed my thinking on musicianship and electronic music in the form of a manifesto. It's been translated into several languages. Get in touch if you'd like to discuss it.

LOVE

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:53

New release - Free download

 

 

Space Collective : DOUBLES

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 04/17/2012 - 19:15

 

Sei Miguel - trompete
Pedro Sousa
- saxofone barítono
Hernâni Faustino
- contrabaixo
Pedro Lourenço - baixo eléctrico
Marco Franco - bateria
Afonso Simões - bateria
Ricardo Webbens - electrónica
Rafael Toral - electrónica

 

Sábado / Saturday, 23 JUNHO 2012, 23:00
Galeria ZDB
Rua da Barroca 59

Read about it here
Mais informação

Space Collective 2 - PORTO

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Wed, 04/04/2012 - 12:50

Featuring GUSTAVO COSTA, percussion

Live in Minneapolis

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 03/17/2012 - 16:36

New release, with drummer extraordinaire Davu Seru and Rafael Toral, in "a first meeting finding both musicians at their highest level". Recorded in Minneaplis in March 2011. Highly recommended peak in Rafael Toral's entire output.
Cover drawing by Sei Miguel, liner notes by Jesse Goin.

Out on CLEAN FEED

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:56

 

Space Collective 2 will perform at All Tomorrow's Parties curated by Jeff Mangum, on March 11.
Rafael Toral - electronic instruments
Afonso Simões - drums

 

 

Chris Corsano + Rafael Toral in Non-Event podcast

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 15:43

Non-Event is a Boston area excellent team working on music.
This downloadable podcast features an excerpt of the live Chris Corsano / Rafael Toral duo in March 2011, plus a lot more in this
2011 review!

 

 

Electrode Oscillator Solo

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 08/13/2011 - 22:54

Rafael Toral - "Solo de oscilador de electrodos" from MPAGDP on Vimeo.

PROJECTO 200

Gravado a 8 de Julho no Instituto Superior de Agronomia

Realização: Tiago Pereira
Som: Mistura de Som de Rafael Toral da captação original de Raquel Castro e Tiago Pereira

Canon 5D
Beyer Dynamic

 

 

New Interview

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 06/28/2011 - 20:22

 

A very recent interview by Jordan Anderson was just published at Foxy Digitalis.

Modular Synth sonogram

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Thu, 06/16/2011 - 21:06

 

Sonogram of an excerpt from the Modular Synthesizer Solo featured on the upcoming SPACE SOLO 2

Wigry — MIMEO new release

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 13:39

Just less than a week from MIMEO's upcoming concert at Musica Electronica Nova in Wroclaw, Wigry finally sees the daylight. A double LP recorded in a church, on a cold night in Wigry, far northeast Poland.

Info, mp3 previews and an interview with Keith Rowe can all be found at Monotype's website.

 

 

7 years of Space Program

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 13:08

In April 2011 the Space Program completes seven years. It's been a long road of intense research, learning, discovery and development. Space Elements Vol. III (a milestone in its recording structure, just released) displays a level of maturity but also shows there's still so much to learn, the whole thing is just halfway... The road ahead is long too and expected to be tough, as always.

 

Best of 2010

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 03/29/2011 - 17:59

Space Elements Vol. II was considered one of the best records in 2010 by Jazz.pt magazine.

SPACE COLLECTIVE – NEW RELEASE

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Mon, 03/14/2011 - 23:20

Toronto label Medusa has just released "LIVE AT OUTFEST", a new cassette release with a live recording by the SPACE COLLECTIVE 3. Featuring Afonso Simões (drums) and Riccardo Dillon Wanke (rhodes piano). The cassette can be ordered directly from Medusa, get your copy through sweetdelete (at) gmail.com (CAN $10).

 

It is also now available online at this website, as new tracks on the Space Collectives mp3 album (in the Subscriber Catalogue).

 

Cover design by Helder Luis.

 

 

 

Space Elements Vol. III

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 17:15

 

After a long wait, here is the new record! From Minneapolis, home of Taiga Records, we are celebrating the online release of Space Elements Vol. III, with a live performance featuring brilliant percussionist Davu Seru. The CD and LP will be available in a few weeks. Until then, you can get it as mp3 exclusively at this website.

 

MARCH 2011 TOUR

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 21:50

 

2 Brooklyn, NY
Issue Project Room
with Ben Hall (drums)

 

3 Boston, MA
Fleisenberg Loft
with Chris Corsano (drums)

 

4 Manhattan, NY
Experimental Intermedia Foundation
Space Studies 2, 6, 7

 

5 Baltimore, MD
Floristree
Space Studies 2, 6, 7

 

6 Philadelphia, PA
Highwire Gallery
Space Studies 2, 6, 7

 

8 Minneapolis, MN
Franklin Art Works
with Davu Seru (percussion)

 

9 Chicago, IL
Elastic
with Jim Baker (piano, synthesizer) and Steve Hunt (drums)

 

10-11 Chicago, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Keynote and work with students

 

12 Chicago, IL
Heaven Gallery
with Darin Gray (double bass) and Michael Zerang (drums)

 

13 Detroit, MI
Destroy Compound
Space Studies 2, 6, 7

 

14 Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Somewhere There Gallery
Space Studies 2, 6, 7

 

17 Atlanta, GA
Wonderroot
Space Studies 2, 6, 7

 

18 Ciudad de México (Mexico)
Laboratorio Arte Alameda
Space Studies 2, 6, 7

 

19 Ciudad de México (Mexico)
Centro Cultural de España
Space Studies 2, 6, 7

 

26 Paris (France)
INA-GRM - Festival Présences
with César Burago (percussion)

 

TAIGA Spotlight

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 17:55

Foxy Digitalis posted a nice interview with Andrew Lange from TAIGA records — home of the Space Program's vinyl editions.
(Taiga logo was designed by Helder Luís, same who designed this website)

Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Fri, 11/26/2010 - 21:33

 

Touch has just repressed long out-of-print Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance, often described as a "masterpiece" of guitar drone music. Originally released in 2001, it took 7 years to complete. It's now available again!

 

Space Collective 3

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 10/12/2010 - 23:22

Thursday, October 14 - Premiere of a new formation of Space Collective 3, which also marks a new stage of development in the Space Program:

 

Personnel:

Riccardo Dillon Wanke (Rhodes piano)

Afonso Simões (drums and tamtam)

Rafael Toral (modified amps, feedback, electrode oscillator and modular synth)

 

At Out.Fest, in Barreiro, Portugal