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Space Study 7

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Thu, 08/26/2010 - 12:43

is now available at the Online Store.

 

"Bender tears at the surrounding space as savagely as a feeding shark" (Dusted)

 

NOW AVAILABLE

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sun, 07/11/2010 - 16:17

2010 Europe Tour Diary

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 06/12/2010 - 14:26

It's now online, in case you'd like to know more about it...

 

 

2010 Europe Tour

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sun, 05/16/2010 - 19:12


RAFAEL TORAL
Europe Tour 2010

Space Studies

 

MAY
20
Dürer Kert, Budapest (HU)

 

23
Rhiz, Vienna (A)

 

25
Eszeweria, Kraków (PL)

 

26
Instytut Awangardy, Warsawa (PL)

 

27 — 30
N.K., Berlin (D)

SPACE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

 

30
Ausland, Berlin (D)
Space Collective Berlin (premiere)

 

 

JUNE
1
Der Salon, Hannover (D)


 

3

Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK)

 

4
Musikcaféen, Århus (DK)


 

5
[Update venue]
Koloni @ Banehagsgatan 1, Göteborg (SE)


 

SPACE PROGRAM WORKSHOP

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 14:07

Rethinking Electronic Music

The Space Program Workshop, an intensive 4-day practical introduction to the Space Program, is being launched. The first Workshop will take place in Berlin, at NK, May 27—30. There is a limit to 6 participants.

Read all the info here.

 

Sei Miguel no Jazz em Agosto

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 23:09

A imprensa internacional, que de modo gradual mas unânime tem reconhecido o talento ímpar de Sei Miguel, gosta de citar Dan Warburton quando este o descreve como "o segredo mais bem guardado da nova música portuguesa". Com um percurso de mais de 25 anos, a influência da sua pedagogia é vasta entre os muitos músicos nacionais com que trabalhou em inúmeras formações. A sua visão singular, a sua enorme capacidade de trabalho (notável em composição e arranjo, para além exímio trompetista), o seu profundo conhecimento da história, formas e técnicas do jazz, são tão incontestadas como admiráveis. Um artista de mérito absolutamente único, não só em Portugal como no mundo inteiro.

 

É algo desconcertante e incompreensível o alheamento da programação do Jazz em Agosto, que nunca notou, ou quis notar, esta presença. Dir-se-ia que o Jazz em Agosto prefere que Sei Miguel continue a ser um "segredo bem guardado", mas tal é hoje tão praticável como tapar o Sol com uma peneira.

 

Rafael Toral
Lisboa, Abril de 2010

 

Video of Lee Ranaldo and Rafael Toral

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 04/27/2010 - 09:00

Recent concert at ZDB in Lisbon, in which i premiered use of gong and tamtam. Video by Pedro Maia

 

Space Elements Vol. II - Download available

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Fri, 04/09/2010 - 23:34

The new Space Elements Vol. II is now available for download at the Online Store.

Space Elements Vol. III is now under production.

No Noise Reduction - Free to subscribers

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 20:09

 

Both No Noise Reduction albums, the complete No Noise Reduction (Redux) and On Air, long out of print, are now available here at Noise Precision Library Online Store, as Subscriber releases.

the complete No Noise Reduction (1995, above) is a collection of very short tracks, of which a redux version is released (some didn't really age well). It documents the intensely experimental period between 1990 and 1993, with my friend João Paulo Feliciano (whom i had then just met and after a long arch of time now appears playing Rhodes piano on Space Elements Vol. II).

 

On Air (1997) is a seminal recording, early precursor to many things in the Space Program. Entirely recorded in radio stations as live broadcasts, 1995.
No Noise Reduction was a name for the duo of João Paulo Feliciano and Rafael Toral, which carried on taking on other collaborative forms.

Space Elements Vol. II - OUT NOW

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 09:38

 

The LP is available since March 30 (Taiga Records).
In Portugal it can be found at Trem Azul jazz store and Matéria Prima (very soon)

The CD is released April 16 (Staubgold).

You can listen to previews on the new record page.

 

Main edition is transparent, the special limited 100-copy edition is red.

 

SEI MIGUEL - New CD!

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sun, 03/14/2010 - 21:43

 

Jazz label Clean Feed has just released ESFÍNGICO, Sei Miguel's new CD, successor to The Tone Gardens (2006).

 

Personnel:

Sei Miguel (pocket trumpet)
Fala Mariam (alto trombone)
Rafael Toral (modulated resonance feedback circuit)
Pedro Lourenco (bass guitar)
César Burago (timbales, small percussion)

 

2010 - New subscription price

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 09:23

January promotion is gone, but Online Store subscription price is now € 11,99.
New online releases in preparation, stay tuned...

2010 - January: Online Store Promotion

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 01/02/2010 - 18:25

Wishing you a great 2010 - here's a substantial price reduction on the Online Store Subscription:
€ 8,99
throughout January!
That's for 11 (eleven) albums so far, including the just released Electric Babyland Live!
Subscribe now and support this (expensive) sharing platform. Thanks!

 

NEW online RELEASE: Electric Babyland Live

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 01/02/2010 - 18:14

This is the only existing recording of the Electric Babyland Tour in 2002, four tracks selected and remastered.

 

 

AER Series - NOW AVAILABLE

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 00:30

 

The full collection of the "AER" pieces, most of them never heard before. These tracks display the warmth and magic of their original creation, in true analog  sound. An absolute "must-have" if you enjoy Sound Mind Sound Body! (AER 4 is the CD's opening track)

 

 

Available September 1 at the Online Store exclusively to subscribers!
SUBSCRIBE
(this is not available elsewhere)

New HD Video

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 17:12

High Definition 16:9 video, live in Minneapolis on the recent US tour. Includes a rare recording of yet unpublished Space Study 6.
Thanks to Amy Waksmonski and Taiga Records.

 

(click on the HD button)

Site Upgrade - LIVE

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Thu, 07/16/2009 - 18:32

From now on, pages on the Live listing offer additional information, like maps, venue address, festival details, links and whatever is available. Just click on the date.

LIVELOOP - NEW ONLINE RELEASE (FREE for subscribers)

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 23:35

 

 

Now available at the Noise Precision Library, Liveloop (1994) is the forerunner of Cyclorama Lift - an empty feedback loop with electronics in between - but it sounds way more agressive, slow cycling waves in a sea of distortion. Includes a full live set at Expo'98 (with modular synth) and some other versions. There are more upcoming recordings to this album.

NEW ONLINE RELEASE - Space Collectives

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Sat, 05/30/2009 - 15:48

 

 

Space Collectives, the newest Noise Precision Library release, is NOW ONLINE!

The first files on the album are a full LIVE recording of Space Collective 2, a duo with Afonso Simões, one of the busiest free-thinking drummers in Lisbon, in January 2009 (it's now the most recent recording available).

 

Subscribe the Noise Precision Library and download this and much more!

 

2009 US Tour diary

Submitted by rafaeltoral on Fri, 05/29/2009 - 18:23

Here is the tour diary... thanks a lot to everyone involved in it, it would have been quite hard (and no fun) without you!