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"His finest recording" (Baltimore City Paper)

"Violence... is a breathtaking glimpse into the unadorned sphere of being." (XLR8R)

Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (2001)

This is Rafael Toral’s first album for Touch. The highly evocative intricate and subtle guitar drones are captured in the beautiful photography of Heitor Alvelos, a Portuguese artist, and in the artwork of Jon Wozencroft. The background noise on track 10 is a recording of silence during a Space Shuttle mission real time webcast. All other sounds were released by electric guitars. The album was recorded between 1993 and 2000 and mastered at Noise Precision, Lisbon. VDCA is a collection of ten small pieces crafted by Toral with extreme precision and care through the last seven years. Using guitars and analogue technology, it can be described as Toral’s best work, embodying all the directions he explored in his previous critically acclaimed records, “Sound Mind Sound Body” [Moikai, USA], “Wave Field” [dexter’s cigar/drag city, USA] and “Aeriola Frequency” [Perdition Plastics, USA] but taking them into new dimensions.


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Touch (London, UK), TO:48 (CD, 2001).
Staubgold (Berlin, Germany), staub 17 (LP, 2001).

Recorded between 1993 and 2000 at Noise Precision, Lisbon, Portugal.
Produced by Rafael Toral.
Design: Jon Wozencroft.
Photography: Heitor Alvelos.
1st 1000 CDs in special wallet - Limited edition.