Life Without Machines

by Sylvain Chauveau

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French composer Sylvain Chauveau's new album Life Without Machines, a set ofshort compositions using Barnett Newman's series of abstract painting The Stations of the Cross as visual scores, is set for release on 17th April 2020 through FLAU.

Known for very minimal compositions for acoustic instruments, electronics andsometimes vocals, with a focus on quietness and slowness; Sylvain has released records on labels such as FatCat, Sub Rosa, Type, Les Disques du Soleil et del'Acier, Brocoli and performed live across Europe, Canada and USA, Russia and Asia.

The title of his new album, Life Without Machines, expresses the fact that ourlives are entirely assisted by machines (for everything we eat, wear, transport,build, watch, listen...) which require a permanent, colossal use of energy - mostlyfossil fuels, whose combustion constantly sends CO to the atmosphere. The title₂suggests that this can't last forever: living with less (and finally without)machines may have to become a collective decision in the future or (moreprobably) a consequence of a combination of crisis (both energetic, economicaland ecological).

Composed by Sylvain and performed by french pianist Melaine Dalibert, thereare a total of 15 pieces, yet only 14 will appear on the tracklist (one hidden track ishearable after a period of silence at the end of track 14). This mirrors the stonegarden of Ryoanji in Kyoto, where there are 15 stones but from any point of viewone can only see a maximum of 14 at the same time.

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releases April 18, 2020

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