“Echoes of the Sakhra Encounters 2019″, Report on Radio Appartement 22
Full report in text, sound and image of the three day art intervention in Moulay Bouchta. read more...
The Sakhra Encounters consisted in three days of public art interventions, exhibition, workshops and performances in Moulay Bouchta in North Morocco, organized by Abdljalil Saouli, Gilles Aubry and Carlos Perez Marin in March 2019. Access the full report about it on the followig link:
“And Who Ears The Desert”, new track on “Interactions: A Guide to Swiss Underground Experimental Music” (vvaa, Buh records, 2019)
« Interactions: A Guide to Swiss Underground Experimental Music is a double compilation curated by Luis Alvarado and published by Buh Records. read more...
The release brings together 27 works by more than 30 artists from the current experimental music scene in Switzerland, in a variety of sounds, ranging from free improvisation, ambient and industrial music, to synthesizer music, sound collage and more, which gives an account of an intense activity of the Swiss underground that runs through cities such as Zürich, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Biel, Chiasso and Lucerne .
This compilation includes works by Rudolf Eb.er, Martina Lussi, Papiro & Yanik Soland, Manuel Troller, Niton, Therminal C, JMO, Flo Stoffner, Christian Müller, Erb/Loriot/Morishige, Noijzu, Christian Kobi, Alvear/Bondi/d’incise, Julian Sartorius, Joke Lanz, Jason Khan, Tout Bleu, Belia Winnewisser, Souharce, Laurent Güdel, Dave Phillips, Denis Rollet, Gilles Aubry, Jen Morris, Le Pot, Purpura and Francisco Meirino.
This project is part of Incidencias Sonoras: COINCIDENCIA experimental music & sound art platform, by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Digital album and double LP record can be ordered here: https://buhrecords.bandcamp.com/album/br120-vvaa-interactions-a-guide-to-swiss-underground-experimental-music
And Who Sees The Mystery, LP & digital release (Corvo Records, 2017)
« And who sees the mystery », Gilles Aubry's new record on Corvo, is based on sound check situations recorded in Morocco between 2013 and 2014. read more...
The piece is a sonic exploration of Berber-Amazigh voices and instruments, rhythms and spaces. Using his microphone as a sound processing device Aubry further manipulates his field recordings through performative feedback techniques, creating an abstract composition. Limited to 300 numbered copies, the LP includes a gatefold cover with a silkscreen printed sleeve.
Order your copy now (17.99€) at http://corvorecords.de
OOR Records Compilation – Stick Together
38 Tracks by 51 Artists
Cheval Ouvert by MONNO (2016, re-issue as double LP)
Originally released as a CD in 2013 by Idiosyncratics, this is the 2xLP version of Monno’s “Cheval Ouvert”, featuring a new artwork by Ben Sanair, housed in an offset double sided 64x64cm multi-fold-out “origami” artwork, sealed by a screen printed band.
More info: staalplaat.com
Spectral Sound (2016), various artists
This limited edition publication is a documentation of the Spectral Sounds exhibition and contains a USB device including sound works by Gilles Aubry, Raviv Ganchrow, Jacob Kirkegaard, Christina Nemec, Lucas Norer, Robert Schwarz and Esther Venrooy.
More info: spectralsounds.net
Il tuo Governo – limited LP edition
Soundtrack study for a film on Italian migration. Edition including 1 LP, 1 booklet, 1 poster and 5 postcards, for the Sviluppo – Parallelo exhibition, available at Kunstmuseum Lucern.
What’s in the Sky – single lathe cut & CD compilation on Estuary ltd
Single lathe edition with a 3′ composition by Gilles Aubry, also included on a CD compilation amongst other artists.
More info: http://estuary-ltd.com/releases/est5007/
Gilles Aubry & Rob Millis – Jewel of the Ear – live at Berghain Berlin (Jan 2015)
A new live set by Aubry & Millis based on early Indian music 78rpm records and field-recordings of funeral rituals in Vanarasi, India read more...
The Amplification of Souls, book/CD (adocs.de)
Sound excerpts of CD track 1 & 2
Aubry presents elements from his sonic research within Christian charismatic churches in Kinshasa, DRC.... read more...
He explores the noise aesthetics of religious sound practices involving audio amplification, feedback, distortion and recording technologies. His documentation includes spiritual services, predications, sound-checks, rehearsals, a church video-archive, film-soundtracks, as well as the preparation of an evangelization campaign in the city center. While focusing on material aspects of sounds Aubry finds signs which attest of the complex relationships between Christian faith, traditional beliefs, neo-colonial representations and urban politics in Central Africa. At the same time, he suggests correspondences with ”first-world” noise music aesthetics.
The CD contains a 34′ excerpt of a spiritual deliverance service (Amplified Souls, track 2) including collective prayers, predication and speaking-in-tongues recorded at the Libambu Ministry Church in Kinshasa. The Amplification of Souls (track 1) is a 30′ audio-essay in which various sound sources have been combined together according to a material-based form of cultural interpretation.
The 80 pages book contains an interview with Gilles Aubry, an essay by musicologist and cultural anthropologist Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt, along with text fragments and photos from Aubry’s research in Kinshasa.
Order your copy (19.80€) at www.adocs.de
Under the Ahwach Moon (Picnic Radio, 2014)
Sound-collage made of various sound-check recordings in morocco... read more...
One, two, one, two!
this is my instrument, this is my sound.
one, two, one, two,
three! this is my space now.
just making sure
everything is fine, one more time, technique seems ok…
one, two, three,
let the music
begin… under the ahwach moon!
The piece is a sound-collage made of various ‘sound-check’ recordings in Morocco. Together with Zouheir Atbane, we spent several weeks travelling the country in 2013 for our project “An Anthology of Ears Preservation”, researching about cultural preservation, listening practices and the sonic materialities of traditional music.
I consider the ‘sound-check’ as a special moment of the music practice, not yet part of the music ‘spectacle’, but rather a necessary preparation for it, in which all the elements are tuned together: instruments, voices, amplification technique, musicians’ mind and space. The recording of sound-check situations can this reveal social, material and spatial dimensions of music.
In this piece you can hear music instruments mostly from Berbere (or rather Amazigh) regions including the lutar, the rebab, the bendir, the zamar, the raita, the qsbah, voices, as well as excerpts from the Paul Bowles collection of traditional Moroccan music from 1959. You can also hear myself, Zouheir Atbane and Robert Millis rehearsing with this material for a performance which took place in Marrakech in April 2014.
2014 / 1track (web-release) / www.zonoff.net/radio-picnic/ /
Belju Audio Edition (univers international, 2013)
The Belju Audio Edition released on Univers International presents 15 sound works by guest artists of the Belju Soundbridge project at the French-Swiss border in 2009. read more...
Combining installations, sonic interventions and online publications, the ‘Belju’ project aimed at examining the border area between the Canton du Jura in Switzerland and the Territoire de Belfort in France, through various ways of listening, recording and playback.
In the course of short-time residencies, each artist was invited to wander in that territory and document aspects of his/her experience of the border. Beyond the political borders these soundscapes reveal various other types of ambiguous borders: between nature and man-made environments, knowledge and feeling, figuration and abstraction…
“Dalle sur sous-sol – Nappe interieure” is a composition by Gilles Aubry based on audio recordings from a construction site of a private villa in Rebeuvelier, a village at the Swiss-French border. The process documented here is the casting of a slab of concrete using two hydrophones. Following the steps of the working process, the microphones were successively plundged into fresh concrete, fixed to working machines and attached to various vibrating structures.
“L’Avenir nous le dira” is a composition by Gilles Aubry based on an interview with a inhabitant of Delle, a border-town between Switzerland and France. The voice alludes to emptiness and void, as well as to the hope for future economical re-development in the region…
Download the 15 tracks of the project HERE
2013 / 15 tracks (web-release) / http://belju.universinternational.org /
The Re(hear)sal (gruenrekorder, 2012)
Field recording documenting a rehearsal for the Victory Day celebration which takes place each year on May 9th on the Red Square in Moscow to commemorate the end of WWII. read more...
Staged as a performance in the most pompous Soviet-style, the rehearsal is directed by an invisible amplified voice, commanding to the singers, soldiers and even the church’s bell what to do. In the foreground, the voices of extras and tourists seem to have very different preoccupations:
…need to call the office… need to buy cigarets…soldiers, 900 people…100 meters straight and then to the left…please make a list and we’ll make a decision…we have to stay here until 22h without drinking or eating anything, that’s terrible…please stand there, young man, and look at me, I want to take a picture… we don’t give a shit, we’ve been waiting for 3 hours and we can’t see the end…
Thanks to Natasha Kandinskaya for the translation from Russian.
Profanations (audio essay on Silence Radio, 2011)
Audio-essay commissioned by Silence Radio based on the documentation of riots & demonstrations during Mayday night 2010 in Berlin. read more...
The sounds are combined with a voice enunciating the list of common names of central-European singing birds. The profanation of law and authority in public space by the masked rioters appears here as an attempt to playfully escape their ‘names’ allotted to them by a disciplinary apparatus – a concept borrowed from Giorgio Agamben’s essay « What is a dispositif ?».
Download the full track on the following HERE
2011 / 1 track / 10:16 / http://www.silenceradio.org
Echoes of light & darkness (audio essay on globalprayers.info, 2010)
Audio essay documenting the Holly Ghost religious congress of 2010 in Lagos, as an artistic contribution to the Global Prayers research project. read more...
The Redemption camp of the Redeemed Church of God (RCCG) in Lagos, home to many residential apartments, educational institutions, hospitality units and a few banks, hosts the Holy Ghost Congress twice a year. The congress offers a six-day programme of praise, worship, scriptural exposition, prayers and personal ministrations. 500’000 worshippers gather for all-night programmes in the almost one kilometer long RCCG church to celebrate Jesus in a festival-like atmosphere. Echoes of Light & Darkness documents this sound environment and the echoes which originate from the hundreds of loudspeakers installed in the church.
2010 / 1 track / 14:46 / http://globalprayers.info
Les écoutis, Le Caire (CD on gruenrkorder, 2010)
An indirect listening experience to the busy soundscape of Cairo. read more...
Les écoutis le caire’ is a dual work that comprises a sound composition by Gilles Aubry and a poetic text in French by Stéphane Montavon. Materials for both elements were collected during a six-week residency in Cairo in February and March 2007.
The sound piece is based on the principle of ‘indirect listening’ to a busy city soundscape. It features recordings of several enclosed spaces chosen for their resonant properties and predominantly silent contexts : a bathroom, a market hall, a basilica, a courtyard, a refrigerator and a parking house. Throughout the piece the identification of the sound sources remains uncertain, as the distant hubbub of life in the streets diffuses inside the recorded spaces. Such ambiguity – further extended through the editing process – requires that the listener pay closer attention, and at the same time allows for a more intense musical experience.
The textual counterpart to the audio work is presented as a large wordmap that drifts through the various recording locations, as well as other places in Cairo. Rendering the rhythmical confrontations of diverse urban situations, the text focuses on their audiovisual discrepancies. In its fragmentary way, the poem sketches some of the city’s acoustical configurations, also taking aural snapshots of characters and scenes. These singular encounters are woven into a partial word-tapestry of gestures, images and sounds, providing a complementary glimpse into another indirect, though equally voyeuristic, form of listening to the city.
2010 / 2 tracks / 52:45 / Label: Gruenrekorder (Gruen061) / ORDER HERE
s6t8r (CD on windsmeasure, 2009)
Composition based on empty rooms recordings in a former experimental music venue in Berlin. read more...
s6t8r is a composition based on empty rooms recordings in a former experimental music venue in Berlin (Stralau 68). Sounds from the surroundings are resonating inside the building, ‘coloured’ by the specific acoustics of each room. Space is represented here as fluctuating matter, rather than as stable geometric volume. The piece documents at the same time the recording process which is responsible for this transformation.
4 color letterpress sleeve designed and printed by ben owen.
2009 / 3 tracks / 42:00 / Label: windsmeasure (wm16) / ORDER HERE
Berlin Backyards (CD on cronica electronica, 2008)
Audio documentation of courtyards in Berlin turned into a composition. read more...
Living in Berlin since 2002, Gilles Aubry spent the winter of 2006 recording backyards of the city, originally intending to explore the resonant frequencies of these spaces wich coloured the different sound sources as natural effects processors. He later became more aware of their function as spaces that stayed in between the public and the private sphere, spaces of neighbouring interaction and social control, a sort of negative architecture that hosted vital technical equipments to the buildings and the city itself — ventilation, trash and recycling containers, electric power stations, etc.
These almost organic functions of the city — breathing, digestion and excretion — the near invisibility of the inhabitants, the cycles and variations in lighting, sound, smell and mood over the day and the presence of wild life in the middle of the city, started modifying his perception of space and architecture. The houses were becoming bodies or machines, almost beings, each with its own presence and voice.
Berlin Backyards reconstructs these environmental recordings in eight movements of a musique concrète piece that presents a subjective view of these voices — der Gesang der Gebäude — and of Aubry’s experience in a composition that is much more than a mere acoustic representation of the spaces themselves.
2008 / 8 tracks / 49:00 / Label: cronica electronica (cronica036) / ORDER HERE
Volutes I-III (mini-CDr on absinth records, 2008)
Three generative pieces for computer based on chance operations and feedback processes. read more...
The 3 pieces by Gilles Aubry (Volutes I-III) are generative compositions for computer. Each of them is based on the exploration of a different sound fragment, involving chance operations and feedback systems.
The programming with its imperfections and surprises is presented here in a raw gesture without further editing.
The pieces come along with 3 other mini-cdr by Annette Krebs, Andrea Neumann and Ignaz Schick under the name Berlin Electronics
very ltd. & numbered edition
hand painted / acryl on cardboard
2008 / 3 tracks / 17:23 / Label: absinth records (015) / SOLD OUT
OTHER AUDIO RELEASES BY GILLES AUBRY
v-p v-f is v-n / Gilles Aubry & various artists/ K7 on Winds Measure Recordings (WM20) / 2011
Cronica L / Gilles Aubry & Paulo Raposo, various artists/ web-release on Cronica Electronica (050) / 2011
Apam Napat / Gilles Aubry & Tomoko Sauvage/ web-release on Excentrica / 2008. Download full album here
Cronica Electronica 5th anniversary compilation/ various artists / 2008
Camp Victory / Gilles Aubry & Stephane Montavon / CD on Sound Implant (SI011) / 2006
SPARE PARTS & THE IDEOLOGY TOOLBOX / The Same Girl / CD on Schraum 004 / 2006
Essays on Radio: Can I have 2 minutes of your time? / various artists / CD on Crónica electronica 020/ 2005
SWIFT MACHINE / Swift Machine/ CD on Creative Sources (CS036) / 2005
Anti-Taupe / Gilles Aubry/ CD-R on Sound Implant (SI010) / 2005
ALMOST STILL / Gilles Aubry / CD-R on Sound Implant (SI007) / 2003
LIVE AT AAF ’03 / The Same Girl/ CD-R on Sound Implant (SI008) / 2003
SWIFT MACHINE / Swift Machine/ CD-R on Sound Implant (SI004) / 2002
NEWS FROM HOLLAND vol.1 / various artists / CD on X-OR (FR 12)
RELEASES WITH MONNO
Cheval Ouvert (CD on Idiosyncratics, 2014)
Recorded by Roli Mossiman during some bleak and cold December days in a Polish farm CHEVAL OUVERT is probably MONNO's most accomplished achievement to date... read more...
“MONNO is one of europe’s most interesting and innovative avant-garde band at the moment” CRYPTIC MADNESS
“A new record by MONNO is always a tectonic event in the world of avant rock. (…) They have left their marks on many music fanatics skin by being unpredictable, consequential and without compromise” MONOCHROME
“The band butter their sandwiches with blood, replenish their thermos with Black-Death whiskey and set out on a trudge through the muddy swamps of sludge, doom and drone.” TOKAFI
“The noise of the end of the world and the silence which follows. MONNO is Philip K. Dick transcribed into sound, Norman Spinrad into sonic textures and J. G Ballard in low-end vibrations” CHMAFU
Recorded by Roli Mossiman, former Swans drummer and mastermind producer ( Young Gods, The The, Celtic Frost, New Order, Skinny Puppy,..), during some bleak and cold December days in a Polish farm, and mastered by James Plotkin, CHEVAL OUVERT is probably MONNO’s most accomplished achievement to date as well as their most adventurous and challenging opus.
After sharing the bill with fellow musicians like Knut, Isis, Jesu, Lightning Blot, Melt Banana, Zu, Asva, Todd, Shit & Shine, Marduk or Tony Conrad on the occasion of the 150+ concerts given over the last years, Drummer Marc Fantini, bassist Derek Shirley, Electronic musician & vocalist Gilles Aubry and electrified tenor sax maestro Antoine Chessex felt the need to come back to studio work. Results a powerful though dark and introspective piece of pure sonic radicalism. CHEVAL OUVERT immerses the listener into a brutal typhoon of intense abstraction. A wild ride on a furiously galloping horse that finds itself torn into pieces by human destruction. Monolithic stabs of distorted saxophone, infinite loops of electronic madness and the devastating pairing of a melting low-end bass and mammoth-like drums resulting in a rock solid wall of ancestral evoking frequencies.
The CD comes with a special digipack brilliantly designed by Barcelona based visual artist and allied Marc O’Callaghan.
2013 / 4 tracks / www.idiosyncratics.limitedrun.com /
GHOSTS / Monno / CD + LP on Conspiracy Records (CORE 070) / 2008
ERROR / Monno / CD + LP on Conspiracy Records (CORE 029) / 2006
MONNO / Monno / CD-R on Sound Implant (SI009) / 2004
Candlelight Technology/ Monno/ CD on Subdeviant (subdeviant 004 )/ 2003