The Hum

by Sarnadas

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  • Contains a copy of Sarnadas' Napcore Opus "The Hum" and a The Hum Silk-Screened Cotton T-shirt

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Hum via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Contains an outer sleeve, two inner sleeves and a booklet. Artwork by João Sarnadas

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    Silk Screen Print on 190g t-shirt, with art by Sarnadas
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"...by juxtaposing these slabs of tone against sections of delicate and affecting movement - such as halfway through the 25 minute "S Ildefonso Detaill" when everything is stripped back to reveal a vulnerable solo note that dances around the core before the layers are returned - these little pockets of respite deliver an uncanny and unexpected emotive impact." Spencer Tomson, in The WIRE issue 441

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The Hum is the debut opus of Sarnadas, a Portuguese transdisciplinary artist working sound, image, space and everything in between. The 4 hour-plus long album, set to be released in two parts, is a direct consequence of his work with the disruptive artistic collective Favela Discos. By suspending some protocols but, most importantly, by suspending time itself in a seamless never-ending loop of layered melodies, Sarnadas allows himself to focus on developing new possibilities with the manipulation of the context created, rather than relying on the false necessity of constant output.

Over the 15 pieces of deeply moving, bright, but calming music, Sarnadas waives off rigid musical structures to loop, overdub, and erect layers of synth phrases which relate to each other in the enclosed environment of The Hum. The Porto-based musician prompts his search for melodic opulence in the seemingly still soundscape of organic repetitiveness, where the encounter plays as big of a role as controlled randomness and the mismatch of melodies, sounds and textures. Sarnadas's approach to music writing allows details to be generated, rather than forced into music, creating a state of conscious lethargy where dreaming plays an active role on the outcome of sound.

Recorded live throughout two days, the two-part album is reflective of Sarnadas's need to suspend time and figure out a new pathos by allowing himself to work endlessly on the single output of choice: a three-oscillator homemade synth constructed by his long-time collaborator Inês Castanheira (Well). This simple instrument, paired with a mixer and pedalboard paraphernalia, freed him to work loops, textures, brightness and chance into a compelling design of organic and mutating spaces.

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The Hum é o primeiro disco de Sarnadas, também Coelho Radioactivo e parte efectiva da Favela Discos. Consequência directa do seu trabalho com o disruptivo colectivo portuense, ao longo das quatro horas que se dividem em dois álbuns, dissipa-se o conceito de tempo em nebulosas camadas melódicas díspares, ora por via da sua sucessão ad infinitum, ora pelo ajuste circunspecto de elementos.

Durante 15 peças de música esparsa, de tonalidades brilhantes, Sarnadas abdica de estruturas rígidas para criar trauteados de sintetizador que se relacionam num ambiente controlado, mas mutável. Em The Hum, o músico usa o encontro e desencontro das várias camadas para criar possibilidades melódicas, de forma a permitir que os detalhes surjam e induzam estados letárgicos, mas conscientes, entre o despertar e o sonho. Estas relações certas e incertas desdobram-se num granulado vapor sonoro que despoleta uma pareidolia auditiva incessante.

O duplo álbum foi gravado ao longo de dois dias, reflectindo a necessidade de Sarnadas de suspender o tempo e procurar um novo método, onde a dependência de emissor ficou reduzida a um único sintetizador de três osciladores, montado pela sua colaboradora de longa-data Inês Castanheira. Este instrumento, aliado a uma mesa de mistura e a uma parafernália de pedais, libertou o músico para trabalhar momentos, modulá-los e adorná-los numa sucessão de imagens orgânicas catalisadas tanto pelo acaso, quanto pela intenção.

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released September 30, 2020

Production, Mix, Master, Artwork by João Sarnadas

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Favela Discos Porto, Portugal

A Favela Discos é um colectivo de artistas e intelectuais sediado no Porto.

Favela Discos is a label and art collective founded in Porto, 2013. Focusing mostly on experimental music.

If you want you can reach us at faveladiscos@gmail.com
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