BRC014: Esmeralda Conde Ruiz: Cabin Fever (2021)


RELEASE DATE: November 19 2021
CD: £12.99 | MP3: £7.99 | FLAC: £8.99

CLICK TO BUY

Cabin Fever is a catalogue, a collective portrait, a eulogy to one of the strangest times in recent history. It is a global composition with many collaborators, both active and passive, human and technological. Drawing on a set of over 250 accounts of dreams collected from all over the world over the past year, this record is an excerpt, a few drifting moments from what is in reality a 24-hour audiovisual performance event shared through the video conferencing application Zoom. The 10 tracks move from time zone to time zone, where snatches of attempts to recall dreams in a range of languages wash over the listener.

“Ephemeral, magical, healing”

Folda Festival

“An inspirational use of Zoom, touching on aspects of melancholy, dream, the surreal, anxiety, the paradoxical unity of isolation in lockdown, almost chant-like material, voices, noise, glitches. It captures the texture of dream and language, that combination of the everyday and the completely bizarre which so characterised that whole phase.”

Steph Power, composer

All the music was composed specifically for live performance over Zoom, using the software’s electronic parameters as a new instrument which controls and uniquely adapts the performance, embracing the electronic glitches associated with this platform. The music is inspired by domestic sounds, pitches from kettles and washing machines, amplifying familiar noises and sounds from the homes, which during the pandemic became our cabins.

“An appropriately dreamlike atmosphere where loss of the message’s clarity gains meaning through the mystification of its transmission. Everything is permeated by tiny burrs and quivers in the transmitted sound, even at its most stable: a natural complexity previously denied to digital technology in music.”

Ben Harper, Boring Like A Drill

Esmeralda Conde Ruiz is an interdisciplinary composer of contemporary music, described as “a force of nature” (Choir and Organ Magazine). Her work revolves around real human voices and experiences, particularly the themes of memory and time, and how these can be presented through music. She specialises in choral and vocal pieces, especially innovative large-scale choirs. Her compositions often evolve from a visual starting point and develop into sound landscapes and rhythmical patterns.