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SpringerParker – Libretto (Rival Consoles Remix)

Erased Tapes Records on June 05, 2012 17:49

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    As announced by XLR8R, Rival Consoles crafts a delicate interpretation of German duo SpringerParker's 'Libretto'.

    'West preserves the warbling Norwegian vocals of opera singer Lilly Jørstad and the piano melody from the original, but he also puts his own touch onto the track, layering it with fuzzy synth bass, drums, guitar, and rustling noise' – XLR8R

    The remix can be found on SpringerParker's new EP 'Polar Circle & Remixes', alongside a remix of 'Arctic Flowers' by Benoît Pioulard.


    Order Remix EP from Butterfly Collectors:


    Since the year 2008, Springer Parker have been traveling through the Polar regions of Europe in a motor home, aiming for the northern Norwegian territory of Finnmark with its eight seasons. During the course of their artistic voyages of discovery, they observed and studied the region collecting photos, sound recordings and stories for their archive – memories which the artists have now embedded in contemporary music, compositions on landscape, the environment and the people.

    All of the field recordings woven by SpringerParker into their music have been lifted from the aural archives they have compiled on their travels and are intimately connected to the theme of each piece. Hence "Arctic Flowers" features recordings of thawing permafrost in Knivskjellodden on the Magerøya peninsula, as well as the Gulf Stream climate catalyst where it ends in the Porsanger Fjord. On "Mørketid", or "Polar Night", the dark season which lasts for several months as the sun stays beneath the horizon, SpringerParker deploy recordings of a snowstorm which engulfed them all of a sudden. They affixed contact microphones to wooden Lavvus structures, the traditional tents of the indigenous Sami people, to record this force of nature.

    For the centerpiece of their composition, the so-called "Libretto", they enlisted the services of opera singer Lilly Jørstad from Russia, but now living in Tromsø. To create the typical unison of word and song as found in opera, for example, the artists asked the vocalist, 24 years old at the time, to put the noteworthy temperature readings of the region into song, using names of places and data provided by meteorological institutes for the year 2010.

    The Remix of SpringerParker's LIBRETTO is done by Erased Tapes artist Rival Consoles. His interpretation of this song is so very delicate and again demonstrates the range of the electronic wizard from London.

    Released by: Butterfly Collector
    Release/catalogue number: FYL-006 DD


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