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EDUARDO RAON // On the Drive For Impulsive Actions

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EDUARDO RAON . Harp, Daxophone, Electronics, Voice, Percussion
Laughter: Anonymous but Happy
Screaming cicadas: Cicada orni

1. Intro K (constant)
2. Impulses connect and interact
3. I hear voices in my head
4. “Hey!” and other everyday melodies
5. Reflexive or impulsive behavior?
6. “Sorry for the bullet. I’m a very impulsive person…”
7. Hyperventilation
8. Sighing makes breathing rhythm regular
9. Aptitude for the truculent
10. “Do I bore you? Why is everyone yawning?”
11. The drive for impulsive actions
12. Laughter is slightly contagious

 


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Product Description

By now, violins and cellos may be emancipated from its classical connotations, considering its use in jazz and even rock situations, but not the harp. The weird-looking instrument continues to have a symphonic status, despite the efforts in contrary by the likes of Zeena Parkins and Rhodri Davies, both responsible for giving it other vocabularies and purposes. In that short list of transformative harpists you should add the name of Eduardo Raon, Portuguese musician living in Ljubljana. Either in the circuits of free and experimental music with Powertrio or playing in a jazz context with singer Maria João and pianist Mário Laginha, Raon’s contributions for a new understanding of that musical tool gained a wider projection.

Now he has his first solo album, and everything we heard from him seems clearer, brighter and more accomplished than ever. If it’s your first contact with his music, prepare yourself for a surprise: the classical background is there, of course, but the applied extended techniques, the real-time electronic processing of its sounds and the adoption of improvisational methods brings the harp to other and very different pathways – the concept chosen for the recording relates the apparent impulsive behavior of insects with human irrationality and its tendency to be viral. That common characteristic, of bugs and humans, is translated to specific sonic situations. And if you question yourself about how he manages to do what you hear, there’s the images revealing the close truth of every gesture and every act. This is a real treat, not to be missed.

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1 review for EDUARDO RAON // On the Drive For Impulsive Actions

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    There seem to be an increasing number of artists out there today whose music is located somewhere in the interstices between freely improvised music and new music classical. The vocabulary of the sounds and tones are somewhere in between. There is a sequential structure that often enough is more than freely creative, yet within that envelope is music that sometimes sounds composed, sometimes free improv.
    I have covered such music on this site from time-to-time. Here is another.
    Eduardo Raon creates a twelve-part sound poem he calls On the Drive for Impulsive Actions (ShhPuma CleanFeed 007). The music is created on harp for the most part, played conventionally and unconventionally. At times it sounds like it is also multi-tracked, and it is at times subject to electronic manipulation. There is also something he calls the Daxophone, percussion, the occasional sound of voices in laughter–children and adults–and the appearance of the whir of Screaming Cicadas.
    All is sequenced in a way that gives it structure. Some sounds seem randomly or freely generated, others sound a bit more worked out. But the impressions overall are of a spontaneous, creative generation that has been sound-sculpted by Raon.
    The sound of the harp predominates as a rule, yet all sounds flow smoothly together to create a work of art that is much more than a collection of disparate sounds.
    It is fascinating to hear. It has an aural attractiveness which the harp does much to create. And Raon has an inventive knack on the instrument.
    Well worth hearing!

    in: Classic Modern Music by Grego Applegate Edwards

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    Eduardo Raon já fez parte do Powertrio, com Joana Sá e Luís Martins (que também já editaram em duo e, no caso da primeira, a solo pela Shhpuma). Nesta sua obra em nome próprio, explora um universo insectóide. Nos últimos meses tem sido viral uma peça que reduz o tempo de uma gravação de cigarras a “cantar” o número de vezes necessário para equiparar a esperança média de vida destes insectos à humana, sendo o alegado resultado muito semelhante a um coro humano tal como estamos habituados a ouvir. Se essa peça, do compositor Jim Wilson, humaniza os insectos, a obra de Raon vai no sentido de insectizar as pessoas, na medida em que explora uma aleatoriedade impulsiva.

    Recriando estes pequenos seres electroacústicos, o harpista afasta a natureza humana da racionalidade, dando possíveis pistas para o modo de sentir a (sua) música. “On the Drive for Impulsive Actions…” é um disco que nos contagia como um todo e no fim questiona-nos com um “o que é que se passou aqui?”.

    in: Jazz.pt by Bernardo Álvares

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    With its timbral versatility and expansive range of tones, the harp is an instrument well-suited to avant-garde and experimental music. Like any other string instrument—but perhaps even more so—it can be prepared, struck, plucked, bowed and otherwise played in any number of conventional and unconventional ways. On this new release from Shhpuma harpist Eduardo Raon covers a gamut of approaches to the instrument, retaining its natural voice at times and at other times modifying its sound not only with a repertoire of extended techniques but with extensive electronic manipulation as well. Raon, a native of Portugal now residing in Ljubljana, creates an eclectic if sometimes fragmentary sound world with the twelve tracks presented here. But no matter what kind of sound modification is used, the focus stays on the acoustic properties of the harp in all of their dimensions. Field recordings of cicadas and laughter round out the imaginative set of sounds Raon assembles.

    in: Avant Music News

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