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Botanical melancholia

by JL Maire

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    Overcover on 100gr white vegetal papyrus
    Cover on 250gr Materica Limestone cardboard
    Inlay on 215gr Nettuno Green Foresta paper
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JL Maire offers us two long compositions in which he continues his studies around Just Intonation. It is well known our devotion for this tuning to which we dedicated one of our Out of Phase sessions. And we are still surprised by the formal and conceptual possibilities that place JL Maire as one of its greatest explorers within the national scene.

It is enough to approach his work in references such as Goodness/Chords From the Elysian Fields (Audiotalia, 2019), his piece in the collaborative Synthomes (Ex-nihilo Records, 2020) or the recent Along the edge of (Sirr Records, 2020).

In Botanical melancholia, Maire develops throughout its 36min, an arid composition that could well seem to be chamber music, if it were not for the fact that it is produced with a synthesizer. You have the impression of listening to a Low Desert Drone Orchestra where the harmonics are confused with wind instruments (brass and woodwind), strings or primitive guitar artifacts, which connect with the work of renowned ensembles such as Blutwurst or composers like Yoshi Wada. A tough trip, but a good one.

On the other hand, Weedy intimacies contains beauty and openness based on shimmering harmonic mantles of great emotional tension, alternating high and deep states with the volatility of the vital twilight of the plant world. As Maire points out: "It is about listening to the plants resist".

GranBengala sublimates this reference with a package presented on delicate vegetal paper, in which, like a herbarium, the illustrations leave their mark page after page until they become disfigured. Excellent mastering by Rubén Suárez in such a delicate genre, the contemporary and minimalist drone, respecting its intertwined tones and the interactions between them. With great care with Maire's intentions.

In words of JL Maire:

"Se trata, quizá, de escuchar a las plantas resistir.

Aunque la existencia modular de las plantas y sus misteriosas habilidades para resucitar nos hace, a menudo, pensar en una muerte diferente para el mundo vegetal, pese a todo, las plantas mueren… Y lo hacen con una profunda dignidad silente.

En nuestro día a día, la muerte de las plantas acontece como si estuvieran entrelazadas en un exterior de la existencia. Un exterior inapropiable. Y, sin embargo, por el mero hecho de existir, son la participación de un mundo, co-existen con una pluralidad de seres entre los que convivimos, entre los que estamos y existimos.

El término Botanical melancholia, tomado de un texto de John Ryan, remite a los efectos que nos produce la muerte de las plantas y de los árboles, cuando estos desaparecen de nuestro entorno. Con frecuencia, simplemente por existir o por ponerse en el camino de la razón tecnológica molestan y son desechados.

El efecto de esta indignidad produce desesperación, ira, malestar (del espíritu-cuerpo), parálisis, empobrecimiento de la experiencia, sensación de pérdida e imposibilidad, en suma, de vivir una vida justa.

Al contrario del proceso de incorporación que conlleva el luto, o la pérdida de un ser amado, la Botanical melancholia es el bajo continuo de un sentimiento de pérdida de lo que no hemos tenido, de lo que nos está vedado: una consciencia plena de la alteridad vegetal.

Nuestro declive físico, comunitario y espiritual tiene, entre una de sus principales consecuencias, la soberbia y el maltrato que ejercemos sobre las plantas, las hierbas, las malezas.

Se trata de escuchar a las plantas resistir."

**Botanical melancholia realizada con sintetizador modular Eurorack, PRO-3 y Pin-Matrix.

**Weedy intimacies realizada con sintetizadores modulares Eurorack y Buchla, Korg PS-3200 y Pin-Matrix.


released November 9, 2021

Composed & produced by JL Maire
Mastered by Rubén Suárez
Design by GranBengala




Oigovisiones Label Málaga, Spain

Oigovisiones Label is an independent label focused on experimental, ambient and non specific genres.
Created in Málaga (Spain) in 2012, with the intention of carefully designed limited DIY releases.

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