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Somnoroase Păsărele – ABECD – pataphysics technoulipo

Published September, 2013
by Easterndaze


Somnoroase Păsărele, named after a famous eponymous poem by a Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu, is a duo from is a duo from Romania, based between the coastal city of Constanta and the capital Bucharest. Gili Mocanu is an established painter and together with Elena Album, also a visual artist, they have started a musical endeavor, quirky and tactical, organic yet otherwordly, witty and utterly serious at the same time. “Five years ago I began to create music again, after a 15 years break. Before the break I used all kinds of objects of resonance for instruments, including self-made classical instruments, accompanied by pre-recorded, distorted sounds played on magnetic tapes. Experimental music would be the term,” they told us in an interview a few years ago

SOMNOROASE PASARELE – ABECD from Baba Vanga on Vimeo.

Their musical output is conceptual, ranging from twenty minute long medleys to recontextualisations of Caucescu’s speech. The sonics are idiosyncratic, alien mutant sounds that are mysterious and beautiful at the same time. The musical process is intuitive and irreverent: “First of all, our music is disharmonic from the beginning. I am familiar with the piano keyboard (even though I can’t play in the classical sense, I can produce the sounds accordingly with my feelings) so the score goes from basic intuitions played on the piano. The architectural formula of the songs is mostly a repetitive pattern, sequentially entering the orbit of other cycles of patterns,” says Gili.

Their latest album, released on 18 September on Baba Vanga, is also a conceptual record, with their own artwork. “ABECD is the title of the album, is constructed by 5 colours, each of them is also a letter.The songs are short and simple, the colored squares game resemble to the structure of the music,” says Gili. “All around, musical dunes for Fata Morgana, Yeti in a chairlift, Sisyphus pushing Prometheus in a convertible, Gili does ‘pataphysics technoulipo for the gymnastics of heavenly bodies in the sky and other macrotonal didascalia that remain to be demonstrated,” Octav Avramescu.

Listen to the whole album here:

Somnoroase Păsărele – ABECD by Baba Vanga

And a remix by fellow Romanian Miron Ghiu: