Boomkat Product Review:
Commissioned for the GRM, on ‘A New Stability’ Swiss mister, Francisco Meirino occupies and interrogates unusual, liminal sound spaces in a typically probing new release with San Francisco’s The Helen Scarsdale Agncy
Over the past decade and more Meirino has been very prolific, collaborating with likes of Dave Phillips, Leif Elggren, and Lasse Marhaug, and dishing out dozens upon dozens of tapes, CDs and LPs for likes of his local label Cave12 and, back in 2016, HSA. His follow-up ‘A New Stability’ stems from a commission for the estimable GRM in Paris, and presents the results of a 32 channel piece distilled to a highly detailed stereo mix.
“Field recordings from a kendo dojo in his hometown of Lausanne, Switzerland cast a pugilistic, combative arch to these recordings which snap, burst, explode, and erupt with utterances of men and women engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Searing frequencies build, swarm, and amass out of these episodes rise to psychologically tense crescendo that rupture at their heights, quickly turning attention towards a violence that originates from within. It is as if the objective observations of those martial arts recordings are sublimated within a subjective experience of psychic unease, disquiet, and imbalance.
A New Instability is another magnificent chapter in the ongoing body of work for this accomplished composer of electro-acoustic noise.”