Surreal 2

by Alchemical Playgrounds

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Flavio Brumat: tenor saxophone
Marko Lasič: drums, objects, whistling
Mimo Cogliandro: baritone and soprano saxophones
Samo Lasič: the Alchillator, guitar

Recorded in Vrtojba, Slovenia, August 2015
Recording & mixing by Samo Lasič
Cover by Samo Lasič

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"Our second meeting...
A surreal walk among friends in the endless meadows of imagination.
An immediate dialogue happened through the universal language of sound."

"Il nostro secondo incontro...
Una passeggiata surreale tra amici negli sterminati prati della fantasia dialogando attraverso il linguaggio universale del suono."

"Naše drugo srečanje…
Surrealen sprehod s prijatelji po neskončnih travnikih domišljije. Neposreden dialog je potekal v univerzalnem jeziku zvoka."

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Guitar playing is combined with heavy use of frequency and pitch shifting effects. Guitar and the Alchillator are played alternately, sometimes both at the same time. This album features the third version of the Alchillator.

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What is the Alchillator?

The Alchillator consists of a software based stereophonic network of interconnected oscillators. The way the system is interfaced also significantly affects how the Alchillator is played. The anatomy of the Alchillator is therefore intangible and malleable. To avoid saturating the player with immensely wide sonic possibilities, the available parameters are carefully selected and ergonomically mapped to MIDI controllers. This allows for an agile real-time interaction and responsive playing conducive to the Alchillators’ distinct character.
Rather then being a solo instrument for generating exotic sounds, the Alchillator fits well in an improvised group setting, allowing the player to playfully shift perspectives and act as a trickster teasing out new forms of expression.

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released May 3, 2016

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Alchemical Playgrounds

AP arises from the need to "Play" and capture the spontaneous flow of imagination.

AP thrives on an interacting agility of participants forming an open ended crew. Free improvisation combined with a playful experimental approach to creation is at the heart of this project. ... more

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