Signalling Distance 01​/​III Yann Gourdon

by Yann Gourdon

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This cassette documents one of four live performances that comprised the Singalling Distance performance series that took place at the station’s Berlin studio over the course of 2019. The performance series brought together four pioneering contemporary exponents of electro-acoustic music, all of whom were invited to explore the dynamic relationship between microphone technique, the exigencies of acoustic sound transmission and the spatial complexities of live performance.

French minimalist musician Yann Gourdon makes up the third tape in the series with an absorbing 52-minute drone piece, originally aired on 14 June 2019. Having learned to play traditional music from Auvergne by listening to field recordings, Gourdon re-orientates tradition via minimalism, honing in on the singularity of place through an investigation into unique vibratory fields, volumes and surfaces. In this piece, Gourdon performs on a hurdy gurdy with four microphones—one added to the body of the instrument, one on an amp and two in the recording room—to create a dense cloud of melodic drones, as tactile and textured as they are expansive.

Signalling Distance was made possible thanks to the generous support of Initiative Neue Musik Berlin. A reportage and interview with each performer was made to accompany the live performances. You can find them on the Cashmere website here:


released February 14, 2020

Recorded at Cashmere Radio by Giacomo Gianetta & Lukas Grundmann
Mastered at Studio P4 by Christian Bader
Tape Design by Miglė Kazlauskaitė
Series curated by Rubén D´hers
Artistic direction by Matteo Spanó


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