sarah davachi

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  • sarah davachi – august harp – cassauna

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    August Harp is Davachi’s second release, and is reflective of her ongoing exploration into the topography of spectrally immersive textures and aural environments. The compositions on this album consider notions of sustenance, shifting harmonic spectra, psychoacoustic derivation of artificial resultant tones, and interior movement within a semblance of stasis. Over the past five years, Davachi’s compositional projects have been primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in analog synthesis; her work on August Harp puts forth offerings from Buchla & Associates, Sequential Circuits, and EMS (London), subsuming transitions that took place between 1968 and 1981. Informed by the lush electronic tapestries of experimentalist-era synthesis pioneers, her music often exudes the sorts of wandering transformations inherent in real-time performance with analog equipment. August Harp exploits the innate instabilities of these instruments, constructing layers of texture that seem to pull each other apart as the discrepancies in frequency of the merged sound gradually swell and wane. Coupled with acoustic instruments such as cello and organ, Davachi seeks to direct the experience of timbral coalescence: mutual acoustic identities are brought together; cocooning the listener into a space that is at once physical, yet invariably out of reach.

    As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi engages in practices of analog and modular synthesis and psychoacoustic manipulations. Her compositions focus on the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, often utilizing extended durations and drones, gradual transformations in texture, fluctuating and spectrally-rich timbres, and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and natural phasing patterns in order to approach distanced and altered landscapes. Davachi holds an MFA in electronic music and recording media from Mills College in Oakland, California and, since 2007, has worked for the National Music Centre in Calgary as an interpreter and archivist of their collection of acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments. Her writings on experimental music and phenomenology have been presented and published within Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and she has held artist residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts, STEIM, WORM (Rotterdam), and EMS (Stockholm).

    All tracks composed, performed, and recorded by Sarah Davachi

    Buchla 100, Buchla 200, Buchla Music Easel, EMS VCS3, and Sequential Circuits Pro-One synthesizers / cello, flute, harmonium, vocals

    November 2012 to November 2013 / Vancouver, BC, Canada / Banff, AB, Canada

  • sarah davachi – the untuning of the sky – full spectrum records

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    Sarah Davachi is a composer steeped in the electronic music tradition. Not only did she study at electronic music hub Mills College, she completed post-grad programs at STEIM and Banff. The work on The Untuning of the Sky reflects her pursuits. Every piece on this record is sculpted, carefully considered, a distillation even. Davachi makes a point to seek out rare and unique synthesizers and keyboard instruments – The Untuning… features sounds from ARP, Buchla, Serge and a Mellotron. She gets to know her instruments intimately, offering us concentrated synthesizer timbres slowly circling around each other, fragments of melodies occasionally bubbling above the surface.

    Though she has been active in the Bay Area music scene, The Untuning of the Sky is Davachi’s first official release. Full Spectrum is very excited to be the first to bring you this unique voice in contemporary electronic music.

    The Untuning of the Sky is available as a limited-edition pro-dubbed cassette with digital download. Available on June 25, 2013.
    released 25 June 2013
    All tracks performed and recorded by Sarah Davachi

    ARP Odyssey, Buchla 100, Korg PS-3300, Sequential Circuits Pro-One, and Serge modular synthesizers / Mellotron M400 / harmonium

    recorded between April 2011 and September 2012
    Berkeley, Calif., USA / Mills College, Oakland, Calif., USA / Otic Sound, Vancouver, BC, Canada / Cantos Music Foundation, Calgary, AB, Canada