Vinyl and CD (jewlbox) graphic design. Typeface by Mário Feliciano: Stella, FTF. Drawing by Rui Toscano: untitled (marker on paper, 70 x 100 cm).
This is the Space Program’s Space Solo series. Space Program phrasing in pure form.
“The Space Program is a long-term project launched in 2004, for performing music with a post-free jazz mind-set but using strange sounds from electronic instruments. Playing physically, the body is involved in making decisions. The Space Program is about articulating silence and sound, structuring musical flow on experimental instruments with a simple and clear sonic identity.
All these instruments are different but have a few things in common. The first is that they don’t have a conventional interface, which means that for all of them i have to find out what they do and develop technique to play them. The second is that none of them respond accurately to performing action. So there’s always a live tension between an accurate decision and its somewhat unpredictable outcome. I meant to play music technically free from any school and teachings, but beyond that i also wanted the music somehow to escape my own self, playing instruments with a sort of life of their own, never allowing complete control and making any repetition virtually impossible.” — Rafael Toral