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Pessoa

by Distant Animals

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The Lifted Index This is a dense work that requires some time and attention to appreciate, but brings rich rewards to those who invest. The clever manipulation of noise and filtering yields a surprising depth of texture and sound.
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“I have at this moment so many fundamental thoughts, so many truly metaphysical things to say, that I suddenly get tired and decide not to write any more, not to think any more, but to allow the fever of speaking to make me sleepy, and with my eyes closed, like a cat, I play with everything I could have said.”
― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

A sonic exploration of the writing of Fernando Pessoa, the work attempts to capture the absurd gravitas of the writers day-to-day interactions with his community. Drawing upon the authors fascination with boredom and non-linear structures, the work employs subtle, perpetual evolution in order to capture some of the same clarity (or perhaps lack of clarity) inherent to Pessoa’s own work. Created upon a modular synthesiser, sections of ‘The Book of Disquiet’ were used as instructions by which to augment simple arrangements of filtered noise, with band-pass resonant filters drawing out new musical tonalities from the otherwise formless soundscape.

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released February 5, 2021

Daniel Alexander Hignell is a composer and performance artist working in the South-East of England. He holds a PhD in Musical Composition from Sussex University, and has taught composition at several leading universities across the UK. He has released works on labels such as Hallow Ground and Nomad Exquisite. His work encapsulates electronic and avant-garde classical compositional approaches, building upon often complex contextual and conceptual foundations to construct rich, emotive soundscapes that draw from classical traditions, as well as drone, electronic and sound-art disciplines.

Website: www.distantanimals.com

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Fallen Moon Recordings is a sub-label of Past Inside the Present that explores experimental forms of music and sound creation.

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