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Artist: TORAL, RAFAEL
Title: Space
Format: Double LP
Label: Taiga
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"With previous releases by toral on such respected labels as touch, table of the elements and ecstatic peace, taiga records is proud to present the deluxe 2xlp version of space. this exciting album by toral is coincidentally taigas inaugural release as well as that of the space program. originally released on cd by the highly regarded staubgold label, it is presented here in a limited edition of 500 copies on direct-metal mastered 200g virgin vinyl. this version includes all of the original audio from the cd plus a previously unreleased 17-minute vinyl-only bonus track, "space study 1.3," a live duet with percussionist cesar burago. packaged in a gatefold jacket designed by helder luís with spot metallic printing, the album boasts the daniel malhão photograph from the cd version expanded across the entire outside in uv gloss, an essay by toral printed inside on reversed stock and the pockets flooded black." - Taiga

Artist: TORAL, RAFAEL
Title: Space Elements Vol. 1
Format: LP
Label: Taiga
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"This is the third in Rafael Torals Space Program series of releases -- his long-term research project launched in 2004, through which he has unearthed an innovative approach and a complete re-thinking of how electronic music is conceived and experienced. Using custom experimental instruments, Toral performs electronic music concerned with "phrasing and swing" and performing strange melodies with physicality, movement and gesture in flux. The result is something youre unlikely to have heard before, a kind of alien electronic jazz. After the acclaimed, orchestral Space and the follow-up Space Solo 1, this is the first volume of the Space Elements series, each release being focused on one kind of instrument, on small settings and including collaborations. Space Elements Vol. I features Rute Praça (cello), Margarida Garcia (electric double-bass), Sei Miguels amazing percussionist César Burago, and David Toop (flute), besides a short appearance by Sei Miguel himself. From Torals liner notes: "Having found that jazz is the field of musical knowledge where disciplined decision-making is most developed, this music is more informed by jazz than by any other. The Space Program emphasizes articulating silence and sound, by structuring musical discourse on experimental instruments with a simple and clear sonic identity. To my surprise, I found no historical precedents to this practice, being that it draws practically no information from electronic music history (which is grounded on different thinking patterns), and it draws very little from jazz history as well, since the instruments I use are inadequate to play any music based on the Western system. I regard this approach to jazz (meaning a system of individual decision-making from the standpoint of free-spectrum live electronics) as a new and exciting field of creative possibilities. I called it post-free jazz electronic music." Space Elements Vol. I was mastered direct to metal and pressed on clear 200 gram virgin vinyl in a limited edition of 500 copies. The jacket was designed by Helder Luís at No Type and features a collage by contemporary artist João Paulo Feliciano. CD version forthcoming on Staubgold." - Taiga

Artist: TORAL, RAFAEL
Title: Space Elements Vol. II
Format: LP
Label: Taiga
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Space Elements Vol. II is the fourth release in Rafael Torals ongoing project, the Space Program. Following the first Elements release, this volume features a new set of collaborators: Evan Parker (soprano sax), Manuel Mota (guitar), Afonso Simões (drums), Stefano Tedesco (vibraphone), João Paulo Feliciano (Rhodes piano), and Ruben Costa (digital synthesizer), as well as returning guests Sei Miguel (trumpet), César Burago (percussion), Fala Mariam (trombone), and Rute Praça (cello). Space Elements Vol. II displays a melodic quality that, along with a refined management of silence, marks a new area and consolidates the Space Programs complex network. Its spaciousness is explained in Torals liner notes: "While finding ways to make decisions on sound emission, it became evident to me that such sounds should have a reason to exist, they should be essential and necessary." Dan Warburtons writing in The Wire about Space fits Space Elements Vol. II perfectly: "The melodic logic that drives certain instruments within Space also recalls birdsong, with dense, convoluted runs of twittering melody ending in single piping notes, as spontaneous as Messiaens birdsong transcriptions were painstaking and meticulous." Torals music is a jazz-inspired re-evaluation of live electronics: "Despite working in a sound world that is cosmetically closer to R2D2s vocabulary than Louis Armstrongs or John Coltranes, Toral has claimed a kinship to jazz because it models instant music making within a disciplined framework." (Bill Meyer, Dusted); "Toral is looking for nothing less than a totally fresh language to work in" (The Wire). Space Elements Vol. II was mastered direct to metal from 24-bit files and pressed on clear 200 gram virgin-vinyl. With design by Helder Luis at NOTYPE, the LP features a collage by João Paulo Feliciano. Presented in a limited edition of 500." - Taiga.

Artist: TORAL, RAFAEL
Title: Space Solo 1
Format: LP
Label: Taiga
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
The lp version of the cd released by quecksilber in 2007. presented in a limited edition of 500, mastered direct to metal and pressed on 200g virgin vinyl. the jacket features the rui toscano drawing from the cd version expanded for the 12-inch format printed in black and pantone red on reversed stock with the pocket flooded red.

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