Gonçalo F Cardoso - Impressões de uma Ilha (Unguja)
"All the recordings were made during our month long stay in a beach hut in the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago, Unguja aka Zanzibar island. Unlike other beach/island locations the scenery there was very dynamic and ever changing. The colours would change with every tide creating a new washed out landscape everyday. There are a lot of recordings of tides (they have 3km tides everyday!), of walking around in low tide, of the tidal waves banging against our hut at night, of sailing in wooden dhows, fishermen talking and sand washing their dhows, of walking at night in the village as well as some FM/AM radio improvs. A lot of what you hear was done on the spot with some minor adjustments done later. - Gonçalo F Cardoso
Lieven’s marvelous Edicoes CN label releases a portrait of Unguja, a main island of the Zanzibar archipelago, imagined by Gonçalo F Cardoso, a London-based artist and operator of the Discrepant label. Lieven notes that this is:
“An album of modern day exotica, a genre i usually pretty much dislike, yet Cardoso steers his vehicle easily aside the trapdoors and potholes. Combining found sounds, sparse playing and field recordings he creates a world that both invokes Treasure Island, and An Essay On Exoticism. Indeed questions are raised. But especially certain emotions are shared. Cardoso acts both like the journalist and the aesthetic. Sometimes he just registers, as being the observer at the sideline, sometimes he alters and collages the material into new worlds.”
While this representation is by-and-large non-confrontational, it is not merely passive. It its un-shyness (and self-consciousness) it presents questions and invites interrogation, without implying or even requiring answers. The aim of Discrepant - “to deconstruct, distort and re-assemble the lore of (un)popular music. Discrepant: inconsistent; conflicting; at variance [from Latin discrepāns, from discrepāre to differ in sound, from dis-1 + crepāre to be noisy]” is employed in this straightforwardly site-specific and exquisitely enveloping creation. Edition of 220 copies.