Clap. An Anatomy of Applause is a compilation of original works by a group of musicians and composers brought together by Andrea Stillacci and Unsounds. The project goal is to highlight the radically different forms and meanings that the sound of applause can take according to its context. The principle was to work from original recordings of each artist’s choice, with sources ranging from the thunderous applause celebrating Maria Callas’ last public appearance to the crowds cheering at the fall of the Berlin Wall, and to transform them into musical compositions.
The artists on this double album represent a variety of styles and practices within the experimental fields, at the intersection of the curator's and the label's artistic visions. The participants have delved into the dynamics, the grain, the pathos of the applause, in a reversed act of appreciation. The works are unified in the album as they wholeheartedly respond to the voice of the public. A dialogue that remains a vital force, that of the connection of the public with the artists, and vice-versa.
A limited edition double LP with original works by Eraldo Bernocchi + Maurizio Bianchi + Barbara Ellison + Terence Hannum + Ji Youn Kan + Fani Konstantinidou + Yannis Kyriakides + Andy Moor + Moor Mother + Massimo Pupillo + Scanner (Robin Rimbaud).
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- Andy Moor - Perseverance (7:16)
- Ji Youn Kang - 27 April 2018 (7:19)
- Moor Mother - Clap Piece (2:30)
- Eraldo Bernocchi - The Solitude of Pens (5:19)
- Fani Konstantinidou - Eπεuφημισμóς (5:44)
- Yannis Kyriakides - Farewell Concert (7:14)
- Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) - The Fall, The Freedom (7:20)
- Maurizio Bianchi - M. B. Claps (4:06)
- Terence Hannum - Precious Element (3:24)
- Barbara Ellison - Plauditory Phantoms #01 (10:02)
- Massimo Pupillo - In Memory Of Punk Rock (7:27)
Andy Moor - Perseverance
Ji Youn Kang - 27 April 2018
Yannis Kyriakides - Farewell Concert
Scanner - The Fall, The Freedom
Graphic design by Isabelle Vigier, featuring a photograph by Ljubodrag Andric, 2021. (photos Isabelle Vigier)
About the artists
Eraldo Bernocchi is a composer, arranger, producer and guitarist with a solid reputation as an all round sonic sculptor with more than 100 albums releases. Collaborated with international artists such as Bill Laswell, Harold Budd, Nils Petter Molvaer, Russell Mills, Toshinori Kondo, Thomas Fehlmann, Markus Stockhausen, Robin Guthrie, Colin Edwin,Prakash Sontakke, Chihei Hatakeyama and many more. Countless productions and music pieces scored for adverts, movies, documentaries and art installations.
Maurizio Bianchi - From the concretist dawn of the late 70s, through the sonic steel industrialism of the 80s, to then continue with the smooth electronic siderality of the decline of the 90s, up to today, at the beginning of the 20s, with the pseudo intentionality music of the impending existential apocalypse.
Barbara Ellison is an award-winning Irish composer and audio artist based in the Netherlands. Her work explores states of auditory and visual ambiguity through working with materials that are either naturally ambiguous or that she has altered to attain this quality in order to exploit the potential for apophenia to manifest, and to create what she calls perceptual ‘Phantoms’. Her creations have been presented internationally in live performances, installations and audio releases, including her latest release with Unsounds Label, CyberSongs (2021).
Terence Hannum is a visual artist musician and writer based in Baltimore, USA.
Ji Youn Kang is a Korean composer and sound artist based in The Hague, Netherlands.
Fani Konstantinidou is a composer and music researcher interested in the sonic imprints of cultural, cross-cultural, and social identities. Her work is characterised by urban and rural sonic environments, spoken language, culturally associated musical instruments, and computer generated sounds. She produces shifting sonic textures that circulate between drones, noise, arrhythmic melodies and atonal rhythms. Inspired by the influence of space and time in music, she creates and recreates timelines of sonic events and parallel soundscapes. With her music she explores the potential and the antitheses between analogue versus digital, and aims at musical dialogs and public communication through sound.
Yannis Kyriakides is a composer and sound artist.
Andy Moor is a guitarist, improviser and composer based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa) is a national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world.
Massimo Pupillo is a bass player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Mostly known for being one of the founding members of Zu. He has also kept a very open and multidisciplanry approach that led him to work with some of the most acclaimed figures in today's world of arts: Romeo Castellucci, Chiara Guidi ( Societas Raffaello Sanzio ), Berlin-based american choreographer Meg Stuart, french Opera dance etoile Marie-Agnes Gillot, Yaman Okur, performance and contemporary dance group Dewey Dell, to name a few.
Scanner, British artist Robin Rimbaud, has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings since the 1980s, connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres. His adventures are brilliantly strange – from scoring 1000 dancers in Trafalgar Square London for the Olympics, creating permanent soundtracks in a London house, Riga Airport and a working morgue in Paris, to scoring the world’s first VR ballet with Dutch National Ballet. He first visited Berlin in 1985, both East and West, and ran his club, The Electronic Lounge, there in Friseur in 1996.
CLAP AN ANATOMY OF APPLAUSE | various artists
- Catalogue #: 69U
- Format: Double LP + free DL
- Release date: 2022
- Availability: In Stock