Juan Matos Capote
Umbra
CD (E133)

“Umbra was recorded in 2010 in Barcelona. I used a
modified AM radio and a home-made oscillator. I found
the radio in the street the previous year, discarded out-
side a huge warehouse full of electronic ‘garbage’. I took
it to my studio and modified it using circuit-bending
techniques.
  Umbra is comprised of ten short pieces. In most of
them I played only the modified AM radio*, in others
just the oscillator**, and in some both.”

Eselefe*
Uve Achefe*
Elefe*
Emefe**
E Achefe**
Uvelefe* **
Ulefe*
Ese Achefe* **
Achefe*
Elefe Mefe* **

Juan Matos Capote is an artist from the Canary Islands.
He was academically trained as a visual artist, and soon
began to incorporate onomatopoeias within his paintings
and sculptures which dealt mainly with perception. Later
on he began to work with sound, building his own devices,
generators and registers. Nowadays his work combines
both interests. In his performances, he makes use of
analogue equipment such as home-made oscillators,
circuit-bent toys, radios, hydrophones and other modified
electronic devices. Many of his circuits are characterised
by random, yet controllable, behaviours.

Mastered by Álex Gámez

juanmatoscapote.net
circuitbendingbcn.com

Edition of 200 copies (out of print)





Review

The music here has a very elemental, raw feeling, about
as far from the polish of the contemporary mainstream as
you could possibly get. Capote has taken AM radios, plus
an oscillator he has constructed himself, and by inserting
fingers and other items into the circuitry has developed
a quite remarkable way of shaping the output of these
seemingly wild and uncontrollable tools to create music.
Entirely to his credit, Capote, on this release, makes no
attempt to bury his sounds behind other elements, and
places this wildly difficult to constrain set of sounds right
in the foreground alone, with nothing else to distract
you. So we hear scratchy, searing blasts of sound, bare
and unadorned, wild scribbling, detuned abstraction
and nothing else. There is no sense of layering, just the
immediate sounds left exposed to be taken in.
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