Stephan Mathieu

A Static Place

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“A Static Place is about the journey of sound. Between 1928 and 1932 the earliest recordings of historically informed performances of music from the late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque era were etched into 78RPM records. I used some of these records from my collection, playing them back with two mechanical acoustic HMV Model 102 gramophones. The initial soundwaves produced back then by period instruments like the clavichord, viols, lute, hurdy-gurdy are read from the grooves by a cactus needle to be amplified by the gramophones diaphragm housed in a soundbox. Those vibrations travel through the tonearm which is connected straight to the gramophones horn, which releases the music to my space.Here the sound is again picked up by a pair of customized microphones and send to my computer, to be transformed by spectral analysis and convolution processes.”

- Stephan Mathieu, Madrid, Nov. 31, 2010

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  • NORMAN RECORDS (UK)

    "Blissed acousmatic soundscapes that retain an emotional depth and richness that could not have happened by mere chance."
  • DUSTED MAGAZINE (US)

    "The tonal qualities of the original performances are most of what survives, carried over through the conversion process and reincarnated as the beautiful, ghostly quintet of tracks."
  • FLUID RADIO (UK)

    "...tucked skillfully at the far-end of the speaker cones, asking the listener to come closer and listen below the surface, creating a shadow-box effect of immense depth."
  • VITAL WEEKLY (NL)

    "Its more like Eno's first ambient record - to be noticed, to fill an ambience. Excellent."
A Static Place
  • CAT.NO:12k1064
  • RELEASE:February 01 2011
  • FORMAT:CD
  • EDITION:1000