Miguel A Garcia – Armiarmak – CD – RMO

 

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Miguel A. Garcia has apparently been active on the sound art/ installation scene for quite some time, only recently making the transition to recorded media on small netlabels such as Homophoni, Zeromoon, and Trans>parent Radiation in the States..a popular stamping ground for new and well established experimental artists. Armiarmak, Garcia’s debut in CD format is an exploratory work, taking as its point of departure, a trajectory that transcends conventional physical instrumentation, and uses the studio mixer and two stereo microphones as the sole source of sound. So what emerges here are essentially feedback transitions, that Garcia manipulates in real time, in order to engender a field of tones, and subtle gradations of sound, sourced entirely from the studio.

Having carried out these kinds of experiments myself, I can verify that this can be a fun, and oftentimes excruciating experience, as feedback is notoriously difficult to harness and bring into any kind of tangible form. I likened the process to wrestling with a wild animal, as attempting to cage feedback in the “sweet spot” hovering between equilibrium and chaos is a bit of a trial, that requires both patience and skill. Here though, Garcia brings all of the wildest components under control with apparent ease to activate a sonic sensorium that bristles with an electric charge, teetering on the brink of chaos, yet hovering in that sweet zone, that is both interesting and full of tension. For Garcia, this sweet spot is a zone of ultra minimalist fragments, crackles and splinters of sound – soft scrapings and grazings, as the equipment, brought under his control, yields glistening treasures that flicker and flutter and finally evaporate into silence. Occasionally, as on “eve”, Garcia allows the feedback to gather momentum, as he relinquishes his controlling hand momentarily, but this is then brought back into equilibrium to maintain the focus and restraint of the rest of the collection. If I sound enthused, then you would be absolutely correct, as a few years back, this kind of methodology was quite prolific on the experimental circuit – Garcia’s forte, is in not letting the equipment govern the final outcome, and rather than spiralling off into the noise and chaos typified by a feedback system, effortlessly produces a sublime and fascinating collection of minimalist electronics. Very highly recommended. BGN

 

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