Aura EP

by Andrés Oddone

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"Aura EP" is a preview of the music contained in "Aura LP", a full length album to be released next September by Shika Shika by Argentine artist Andrés Oddone.

On this first EP, Andrés brings together his musical family (Chancha Vía Circuito, klik & Frik, Borchi and Relo) for a series of unique remixes of the track Aura taken from the album.

The music from the "Aura" project was created with materials recorded on two of Andrés' trips to India, mainly to the provinces of Karnataka and Kerala. It is an album of sound images, but it is also a sample of the concepts that were born by his own perceptions of those places.

Music, production, mix and mastering: Andrés Oddone
www.facebook.com/andresoddone
www.twitter.com/andresoddone

Remixes
Chancha Vía Circuito: soundcloud.com/chanchaviacircuito
Klik & Frik: soundcloud.com/klikandfrik
Borchi: soundcloud.com/borchiofficial
Relo: soundcloud.com/relo

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Aura
"Aura" was born from two trips to India. In 2011 I was able to meet several artists, journalists and members of the Bangalore music world, in the state of Karnataka, India. In that first opportunity I made recordings randomly, without knowing why, amid the intense shock generated by being in this place that was so strange to me.
In 2013 I was invited by bangalore residency, of the Goethe Institut Bangalore, to serve in a residency together with a group of artists of different nationalities. That last time I traveled accompanied by Iohanna, my wife, and we were again in Bangalore, but also in several cities in the state of Kerala: Fort Kochi, Alleppey (Alappuzha) and Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram).

Both times, I captured a large number of recordings of different spaces. Of TV programs, of what was playing on the radio, what I heard on the streets out walking or captured as a spectator at various concerts. I took samples - delving into complete discographies of artists from India, some well known and others who I came across by luck, in an archive of music ranging from religion-based to more popular music: what plays from the stereo systems of the tuk-tuks to songs from the movies. I also used several layers extracted from sound collections.

There are three lines that intersect in the music on "Aura"

A - Dreams as a playing field: since it is impossible to mentally hold the information collected in India linearly, not even involving my own experiences, I decided to lay out the music with the same logic as that of the world of dreams.

Many of the central ideas of "Aura" were born from this concept of a "dreamscape"; such as the overall sound of the album, generally very low in tone, with few highs, dub, aquatic and atmospheric.

B - Trance as an organic composition: avoiding the obvious analogy (from a Western perspective) that occurs between "Indian music" and "trance", the notion of a hypnotic sound revealed itself as an opportunity that is much more, giving me the opportunity to explore and add different stylistic and sound worlds to the tracks. Thus, the pieces slowly began to be dressed in very distant elements but that take force from the same energy: acid, IDM, ambient, noise, minimalism, progressive sequences, climates of tension, etc.

C - Individuality and unity, all in one body: emphasizing the idea of "unity and multiplicity in a single entity" present in different visions of India, the tracks are composed by lots of sounds, sometimes touching on saturation. But within that complexity, an interlacing emerges that presents a double vision in which music can be read as a whole, or in which it is also possible to differentiate between different threads.

In that sense, a sound created with a synthesizer is as equally important as a sitar or car horn, and they can be heard separately. But together they shape a whole that has its own voice, the body of a new entity. Collage leaves its seams in plain sight.

"Aura" was created from various random ideas and from playing with the sensuality of the sounds. It is not at all intended to truthfully emulate the rhythmic or compositional forms of India. I am far from being familiar enough to propose something like that.

I am aware that the reality of this place is beyond the reaches of my comprehension, in every way. I think that understanding escapes even scholars who study the subject for years.

Regardless, I hope that something from those trips shows itself playing in the music. That the wonderful people that I was able to meet can be found between these distorted pictures, and that they can enjoy the image.
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Andrés Oddone - Aura EP / Aura LP / Happiness is a side effect EP

Aura nació de dos viajes a India.

En el 2011 pude conocer a varios artistas, periodistas y personas del mundo de la música de Bangalore, en el estado de Karnataka. En esa primera oportunidad tomé grabaciones al azar, sin saber bien para qué, en medio del shock intenso que genera estar en ese lugar extraño.
En el 2013 fui invitado por BangaloResidency, del Goethe Institut Bangalore, a realizar una residencia junto con un grupo de artistas de distintas nacionalidades. Esa última vez viajé acompañado por Iohanna, mi esposa, y estuvimos nuevamente en Bangalore, pero también en varias ciudades en el estado de Kerala: Fort Kochi, Alleppey (Alappuzha) y Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram).

Las dos veces capté una cantidad importante de grabaciones de distintos espacios. De programas de televisión, lo que sonaba en las radios, lo que escuché en las calles en diferentes paseos, lo que capté desde el lugar del espectador en distintos conciertos (hasta estuvimos en uno de trash). Tomé samples indagando en discografías completas de artistas de India, algunos muy conocidos y otros que me crucé de suerte, en un registro de músicas que van desde lo basado en lo religioso hasta otras más populares: lo que suena en los sistemas de audio de los tuk-tuk, las canciones de las películas. También utilicé varias capas extraídas de librerías.

Después de un tiempo de buscar y buscar lugares desde los cuales componer, encontré tres líneas eje que hoy se entrecruzan en los tracks de Aura:

A - Los sueños como campo de juego: ya que es imposible sostener mentalmente de manera lineal esa información tomada en India, ni siquiera la que involucran mis propias vivencias, me propuse plantear la música con la misma lógica con la que ocurre todo en el mundo de los sueños.

De esta concepción de espacio nacieron muchas de las ideas centrales de Aura; como por ejemplo el planteo sonoro del disco, en general muy apagado, con pocos agudos, dub, acuático y climático.

B - El trance como orgánica compositiva: saltando la analogía obvia (desde la óptica occidental) que se produce entre música de la India y trance, la noción de lo hipnótico se reveló como una oportunidad que va mucho más allá, brindándome la posibilidad de explorar y anexar a los tracks distintos mundos, tanto estilísticos como sonoros. Así, las piezas se fueron vistiendo de a poco con elementos muy distantes pero que toman fuerza de esa misma energía: acid, IDM, ambient, noise, minimalismo, secuencias progresivas, climas de tensión, etc.

C - La individualidad y el todo en un mismo cuerpo: haciendo pié en la idea de unidad y multiplicidad en una sola entidad, presente en distintas visiones de India, los tracks están compuestos por gran cantidad de sonidos, rozando a veces la saturación. Pero en esa complejidad se da un entrelazado que devuelve una visión doble en la que se puede leer la música como un todo, o en la que también es posible diferenciar los distintos hilos.

En ese sentido, resulta en igual grado de importancia un sonido creado con un sintetizador, un Sitar o una bocina de auto, y pueden ser leídos por separado. Pero juntos dan forma a un todo que tiene voz propia, el cuerpo de una nueva entidad. El collage deja ver sus costuras.

Aura se desprendió de distintas ideas aleatorias y el juego con la sensualidad de los sonidos. Para nada pretende emular verazmente rítmicas o formas compositivas de India. Muy lejos estoy de tener el conocimiento suficiente para plantear algo así.

Soy consciente de que la realidad de ese lugar está fuera del alcance de mi comprensión, en todos los sentidos. Creo que se le escapa aún a estudiosos que están sobre el tema hace años.

Pero de igual modo, espero que algo de esos viajes haya quedado sonando en la música. Que la gente maravillosa que me tocó conocer se pueda encontrar entre estas fotos distorsionadas, y que puedan disfrutar la imagen.
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credits

released July 17, 2017

Music, production, mix and mastering: Andrés Oddone
www.facebook.com/andresoddone
www.twitter.com/andresoddone

Design
Treska: www.facebook.com/treskaDG

Correction of text in Spanish - Blanca Quiriarte: www.facebook.com/bquiriarte
Translation to English - Meg Escudé: www.facebook.com/meg.escude

Special thanks to the people at BangaloResidency, your love and support are memories that I will treasure forever.

Christoph my friend, thank you for all.
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