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murcof
martes
leaf   2002
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murcof website
leaf label website
static discos website
context free media website

album rating: 3
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submitted by anton on 18-Jan-2003

the person behind murcof is fernando corona - a native of tijuana, who up to this date released an ep on context free media and a full-length cd on tijuana's static discos label that later on got re-issued by leaf.

both projects of fernando corona (murcof and terrestre) are a part of nortec collective - a group of tijuana musicians that transform everyday atmosphere of the streets into electronic music. murcof continues to rely on this approach on martes, utilizing samples from the likes of morton feldman and arvo pärt (his notable influences alongside with henryk gorecki and other modern composers), he stretches and alters them, placing those orchestral pieces in cold angular space filled with digital artifacts of whirrs and hisses, cuts and glitches, smoothed with muffled static and hypnotic rhythms. academically-inclined listeners can parallel classical minimalism to murcof's composition techniques, placing it in yet another cultural context. murcof's sound is aggressively minimal, obsessively conscious construction - delays, pauses, repetitions, atonalities bring out an unstable, fragile, incredibly emotional side of the music.

after coming back to this album again and again for a few months, I still could not come up with any other names that have succeeded in creating music this dark, this minimal and this emotional, seamlessly utilizing so much of the cultural heritage and remaining perfectly accessible to any attentive listener. truly a modern musician, his music is enjoyable on many levels. looking back at 2002, I am inclined to name murcof as one of the most promising discoveries in this direction.


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