Alien8 Recordings has undertaken a return to the extreme with an explosive new offering from Spain’s Francisco López. Finally, a studio recording that captures the awesome power of his live performances, without the requirement a massive pa.
Generally speaking Francisco López falls into the school of sound being referred to as silent or quiet music. In fact up until this point López could go head to head with the likes of Bernhard Gunter for the crown of silence. Both artists participate in a genre that requires plenty of attention, ear phones and absolute silence in order to make sense of the nearly inaudible soundscapes. To the untrained ear many of their recordings wouldn’t even register. We can assure you that this is not the case with Untitled # 104. This release has more resemblance to our releases by Masonna and Merzbow, not in terms of sound, but power.
Untitled # 104 was premiered in Barcelona this past summer at the hip Sonar event to a completely stunned audience. Onlookers that were expecting to have to strain themselves to hear López’s ultra silent environmental collages were shocked by what turned out to be the most intense performance of the festival. His releases rarely indicate which particular sound sources are being used. He is very open about the fact that he is often working with the sounds of insects, rain, wind and industrial spaces etc., but rarely reveals what sources are being used on which recordings. In fact the artist feels strongly about the idea of sound itself being the only thing of real importance within his work. During his live performances, López demands that all lights are turned off and blindfolds are then passed out to members of the audience. The outcome of the performance is an unforgettable listening experience.
Keeping with the idea held by López that the less the listener knows the better, we have decided to not blow the surprise. Untitled # 104 features a similar approach to many of his recorded works, although he is using a radically different sound source, not comparable with any of his previous efforts.
Francisco has the very same opinions about artwork and packaging for his music. He would prefer to have his music released with absolutely no artwork, other than the essential information found on the cd itself. Respecting the vision of this incredible artist we have packaged Untitled # 104 in a slim jewel case, with no artwork.