Urban Surrounds

Urban Surround is a musical and visual project by Ferran Cruixent and Joan Carles Martorell

Complete list & music

 

basel05 01. chamber of silence 10 – morning
It was the first express movie in Basel, on February 2007, 8 am at the Wettstein bridge. We had only three days time for the whole shooting. It was our warm up time. At the other side of the Rhein river we found the art museum.

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basel12 02. chamber of silence 07 – tram ways
Some people said they've never heard something like that before. The night of the first day of February, the tram rails sounded louder than ever. But noise can be sometimes music. The idea was to create a little tram symphony.

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03. chamber of silence 02 – intersections
We were astonished. The Richard Serra's sculpture 'Intersection' sounds like a huge electronic instrument. Peter Sadlo tried with different sticks to find the best sound. The reverberation inside the metal walls was incredible. This is the only track with electronic music.

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basel29 04. chamber of silence 14 – wiegenlied
We came out of the hotel and saw this woman with her little daughter. The music for flute, violoncello and piano is electroacustically modified.

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basel34 05. chamber of silence 03 – prisoner visions
We arrived at this Kaserne and saw a football ground and street toys. Like children, we played with an abandoned supermarket trolley, and tried different sounds on the metal goal. It was also funny with the camera at the carrousel. The composition for marimba and string orchestra is also played by Peter Sadlo.

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basel38 06. chamber of silence 17 – liquid maracas
This express movie shows our first contact with Jean Tinguely's work in Basel. It's amazing to see those rhythm combinations, only with water.

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basel42 07. chamber of silence 11 – flair basel
Like a voyeur, Joan Carles Martorell went with his little camera through the city. It was great because people didn't realize what he was really doing. Did he find what he looked for? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps...

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basel54 08. chamber of silence 08 – polaris
Over one hour inside a car and Joan Carles' hand almost frozen. The music is a combination between Tinguely fountain squeak and a composition for orchestra. I like when this noise becomes fully sense in harmonic music context. I hope the people from Basel will forgive this never ending noise machine.

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basel59 09. chamber of silence 06 – crossflight
The light of Basel has a special flair. I made a sound combination between prepared piano sounds, recorded orchestra glissandi and a huge metal garbage sounds.

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basel67 10. chamber of silence 01 – asleep
It was really funny to follow Joan Carles through the streets of Basel. He moved the camera like a nervous fly, and I tried to keep distance. People didn't realized what he was doing. The music for violoncello and orchestra is recorded at the music college in Munich, and electroacustically modified.

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basel72 11. chamber of silence 04 – loreley
We liked very much the Tinguely Museum in Basel. Also the building is wonderful. Switzerland has incredible architectures. This sculpture looks through the Rhein river, and it was funny to interpret her like a diva who has intonation difficulties.

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basel73 12. chamber of silence 15 – tram goes by
Over an hour inside the tram 14 in Basel. We recorded all the voices and stop information along the route. We looked for the GPS position at the Wettstein bridge.

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basel75 13. chamber of silence 16 – city lights
Winter friday night at Basel. There was hardly anybody. I composed a vibraphone prelude for Peter Sadlo. I arranged this piece with bass, cymbals and saxophone. But the rhythm came from sounds that we recorded in Basel, like that one produced by playing with the brushes on the metal sculpture at the art museum, or that from the revolving door, which sounded like a jazz snare drum. Lyrics from 'The Way You Look Tonight' by Dorothy Fields.

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basel78 14. chamber of silence 05 – skytoilet
This WC is really amazing. You can see the whole city at 31st floor. Jean Tinguely made in 1961 the installation 'Frigo Duschamp': an old refrigerator with a little surprise inside: a very loud hooter. We wanted to dignify Marcel Duschamp on this express movie.

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basel81 15. chamber of silence 13 – tinguely creature
We like robots. Maybe some day humans will create a robot that can feel emotions. We wanted to honour Stanley Kubrick's film '2001, A Space Odyssey'. I mixed sounds from the Tinguely Museum and Timpani sounds played with superball. It could be also a torture vision from hell...

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basel84 16. chamber of silence 12 – brasilea
This green container building is the Brazilian foundation in Basel called Brasilea. Near this industrial harbour we found the "dreilandeck", the intersection inside the river between Switzerland, Germany and France. Peter Sadlo played a train wagon, and maybe he actually wanted to be in Brazil. The 'Rua de Carnaval' sounds almost like an old steam machine. I mixed this sounds with metal garbage sounds and wagon sounds.

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basel90 17. chamber of silence 09 – au revoir
I was at the Barfüsser Square in Basel, with my headphones and microphones. Suddenly I saw some girls who passed by and asked me: "What are you doing?". It was a very special emotion for me to realize that they knew their voice was being recorded. I've composed a piece for marimba, altered piano and twelve ocarinas.

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18. credits
This music is for parking meter, xylophone, snare drum played with fingers and street sign "bicycles allowed" played with sanding surfacer.

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BONUS TRACKS

 

19. impossible dialog

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20. runaway

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© 2007, Ferran Cruixent & Joan Carles Martorell