1. It Becomes You
2. Mechanical Mask
4. Petrification Phantasy
5. Landscape Self Blend
6. Ice Carnival
Rudi Arapahoe – Acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments,
tuned percussion and sound design
False Self – SuperCollider and Roland Integra 7
Adelina Vazquez – Bass flute
Cierra Vazquez – Bass clarinet
Album artwork by Jessica Grant
Double Bind (2013) was largely inspired by the writings of Gregory Bateson and Ronald David Laing. The EP explored dualities and the different selves we use to inhabit our various faces. With this new work I wanted to take this exploration further by introducing a new self into the composition process. I created this FALSE SELF in the SuperColider programming language, as an algorithmic musician designed to compose and play alongside my true self. FALSE SELF can ‘hear’ and responds to my improvisations by outputting MIDI
harmonizing information voiced through a Roland Integra 7 sound module. FALSE SELF stores all of our joint improvisations as MIDI musical notation. He forgets nothing.
At first FALSE SELF composed in a naive fashion, though like any good student; he became more accomplished and free thinking. As time passed I taught him various scales, time signatures and rules to
follow and occasionally deviate from. For instance, I programmed him to favour certain intervals and note durations when composing for tuned bells and alternate note ranges and closer intervals for leading musical parts such as wind instruments.
As the project progressed I found that if I positively adjusted the timing of his MIDI notes in post-production it would give the illusion that he had led the composition and I had been his accompanist. Further I realized that if I recycled the simple initial composition through FALSE SELF he would respond with another layer of instrumentation; or as in the case of It Becomes You, I found that if I removed the notation for the lead melody I had composed; then recycled the composition through FALSE SELF, my artificial assistant would compose in the vacant space, often to interesting results. The project frequently gave rise to the question of what and why is something in ‘good’ taste. FALSE SELF may have followed all of the rules, but due to some unforeseen condition he would make a decision that would take me off guard and lead my improvisations into new territory. At times I would write accompanying parts myself then later question whether they had been composed by my true self or the imposter.
Once FALSE SELF and I were happy with our compositions, the MIDI notation for the elements that were sounded by the Roland Integra 7 module was transferred into a REAPER workstation DAW. These musical parts were then rerecorded by human musicians and the synthesized elements rerecorded with my Korg Delta, Korg Poly 61, Yamaha DX7ii and Roland D550. The older synthesizers were all recorded as live performances to humanise the compositions and ensure that the record did not fall into the trap of rigidity.
I decided to master the sound levels in a comparable overall volume and fashion to early 1980s ambient music and hired two effects processors from the era, an Eventide H3000 and an Eventide SP 2016 reverberation unit to enhance the creative mixing process.
We hope you enjoy our first collaboration,
Rudi Arapahoe and FALSE SELF 2016
Excerpts from the commonplace book that kept during the creation of the album can be viewed here.
KickStarter - VAPAUS - Veli
OUR PURSUIT OF ART - INTERVIEW
I was recently interviewed by Meltem Karasu at 'Our Pursuit of Art' - we chatted about Juan Munoz, Kobo Abe, Ronald David Laing and the various musical projects that I am currently working on!
A Music Glue shop has been opened for digital distribution.
Sheet music for Lunar Semaphore can be downloaded here.
DOUBLE BIND EP
Limited giclée prints of the EP artwork are available
for purchase from Jessica Grant.
Artist and curator Kentaro Togawa has relaunched his Symbolic Interaction project with a new compilation album entitled 'The Silence Was Warm 4'. The album features a previously unreleased Arapahoe composition, dating from 2010, that was created in collaboration with the Serbian composer and vocalist Jovana Backovic. The compilation is available for purchase in the Helix Branch shop.
Time Released Sound - TRUST
A compilation album, sequenced and mastered by Rudi Arapahoe.
Curated and issued by Time Released Sound.
- POSTED BY HELIX BRANCH -
Instinctive Matter - Wiltons Music Hall
Welcome to the forest; the place where people transform into animals.
Music composed by Rudi Arapahoe
Martin Thaulow (DK) and Rudi Arapahoe (UK)
68m2 Gallery - Copenhagen
5th – 26th May 2012
An art installation dealing with time,
decay and the parallel universes we all live in and interact with.
1. Lunar Semaphore & Pleroma - Rudi Arapahoe
2. Into Dust - Mazzy Star
3. Sleepless - Blank & Jones
4. The Broken Places – Moby
5. All Cats Are Grey - The Cure
6. Calling For Prayer (Chant) – Bliss
7. The Call – Cantoma
8. Sleep Will Come – Bliss
9. Fragment - Trespassers William
10. 301210 – Antonymes
11. Only Your Love (Ambient Version) - Blank & Jones with Steve Kilbey
12. Concept One - Sounds & Silence
Purchase on Amazon
In the first
week of July Shuta Shinoda worked with Rudi in London to complete mixes
on the forthcoming album 'SHUFFLE THE PAGES FEED ME A LINE'.
Grønbechs Gaard, Bornholm - Denmark
17/06/2011 - 15/08/2011
An art installation by Martin Thaulow combining physical movement in space, ballet and video art.
Performed by Elisabeth Thaulow
Music composed by Rudi Arapahoe
The final recording sessions for my second album took place at Helix Branch late this January. The project is now waiting to be mixed and mastered.
Recently I was invited to sound design Bob Dickinson's new work 'Rendition'. The piece was originally composed by Dickinson in Paris, then evolved through a five stage rehearsal process in which the author worked in tandem with the chamber orchestra, to refine and define the composition. 'Redition' is simply a beautiful piece of music. I thoroughly recommend that you visit Dickinson's web page, to listen to the work in it's entirety.
The composition was premièred at the launch of Artist Voice Network at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre (UK) on the 21st July 2010.
Arapahoe music has been running in a 47 night theatre production of Kunio Shimizu's “Gakuya (Dressing Room)” in Theatre Tram, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. The production is set to be televised nationally on nine occasions.
Over the coming months Rudi will be composing music for a Japanese fashion brand, undertaking commissioned work on two films and collaborating with a Serbian composer and vocalist.
'Conversation Piece' features on the compilation CD 'Variations on Silence' brought into the world by P*DIS Japan. Other artists to feature on the disc are Goldmund, Hauschka, Sylvain Chauveau, Akira Kosemura, Balmorhea, Deaf Center, Jacaszek, Peter Broderick, Ryan Teague, Takahiro Kido and Nico Muhly.
The Glen Johnson record 'Details Not Recorded' has been mastered at Purgatory Mastering by Rudi for release on 30th March 09. The album is being released through the artist run collective 'Make Mine Music'.
A mailing list has been added to this website.
'Echoes From One To Another' has been voted the best album of 2008 by Textura and appeared on numerous 'best album of 2008' lists. The complete run down of the Textura records and the voting can be viewed here.
A brief interview with Rudi has been published in the German magazine Tokafi. The article can be read here. The interview was conducted by the journalist and artist Tobias Fisher.
’Echoes From One To Another’ has made it's way from Helix Branch to Japanese HMV, Tower Records, Amazon and independents; teleported by Symbolic Interaction's Kentaro Togawa. The record embraces melodic composition and underscores it with spirituality, darkness and wonder. The strong European feel is voiced through harp, soprano, piano, violin, guitar, vintage synthesizers, field recordings and an array of antique electronics; given life by gifted collaborators under my ghostly direction.
Recently added to the 'gallery' section of this website is a photographic collaboration with the artist Piero Roi. Dante Alighieri's journey into the afterlife 'The Divine Comedy' was drawn upon as a rich reservoir of inspiration during the creation of 'Echoes From One To Another'. Their interconnections are made explicit by the haunting series of images Piero captured of me in the forest. Astonishingly each image is the product of a single analogue exposure. The artist is currently exhibiting the images alongside other shadows from his past in 'Art Cover' at Silvy Bassanese Contemporary Art, Biella (Italy)