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Written by Guillermo Escudero   
martes, 26 octubre 2021

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Porest | “Cancer in the Soft Breeze” | Discrepant | 2021

 

Porest | “Cancer in the Soft Breeze” | Discrepant | 2021

Mark Gergis aka Porest es un músico y productor post-estadounidense, que trabaja hace décadas en grabaciones, presentaciones, producciones de radio y video.

“Cancer in the Soft Breeze” es una colección de grabaciones de campo y de radio, experimentos electroacústicos, utilizando diversos instrumentos, como el saz eléctrico, cuerdas, balipso, cañas, sintetizadores y drones.  Estas grabaciones realizadas entre 1995 y 2020 por Porest y amigos.

Esta variedad de culturas y músicos se plasma en este disco a través de un collage sonoro que exuda exótica, world music y avant-garde. Aunque no logra caer exactamente en esos estilos dado que las fronteras son difusas cuando Gergis comienza a experimentar con dispositivos electrónicos. Sinuosas notas sintéticas y ruidos metálicos alternados con drones junto a grabaciones de ambientes y de radio, recogen diálogos bizarros o extractos de algún filme provocador de los ’50 como “One Million Dollars”. También hay indicios de acercamientos al pop como la canción “(Terlok”) con su sugerente percusión oriental. “Wings of Deception” es una grabación radial que parece tener un carácter humorístico, pero que cambia radicalmente transformándose en sonidos de onda corta que deviene luego en una sublime melodías entrecortada.

Porest es ciertamente impredecible pues su narrativa es cambiante, desde las abstractas capas de ruido hasta trozos de diálogos y un collage de historias. 

https://www.discrepant.net/
https://discrepant.bandcamp.com/ 


Guillermo Escudero

Octubre 2021

 

Mark Gergis aka Porest is a post-American musician and producer working for decades on recordings, performances, radio and video productions.

“Cancer in the Soft Breeze” is a collection of field and radio recordings, electroacoustic experiments, using various instruments, such as electric saz, strings, balypso, reeds, synthesizers, and drones. These recordings captured in West Oakland, Germany, Sumatra, Syria, Hanoi and London between 1995 and 2020, were made by Porest and Friends. 

This variety of cultures and musicians is embodied in this album through a sound collage that exudes exotic, world music and avant-garde. Although it does not quite fall into those styles since the borders are blurred when Gergis begins to experiment with electronic devices. Sinuous synthetic notes and metallic noises alternated with drones along with ambience and radio recordings, collect bizarre dialogues or excerpts from some provocative film from the 1950s such as the track "One Million Dollars”. 

There are also indications of approaches to pop such as the song “(Terlok”) with its suggestive oriental percussion. "Wings of Deception" is a radio recording that seems to have a humorous character, but that changes radically, transforming itself into short wave sounds that later becomes sublime, choppy melodies.

Porest is certainly unpredictable as his narrative is changeable, from abstract layers of noise to bits of dialogue and a collage of stories.

https://www.discrepant.net/
https://discrepant.bandcamp.com/
 


Guillermo Escudero

October 2021

Last Updated ( martes, 26 octubre 2021 )
 
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