Francisco Meirino - Anthems For Unsuccessful Winners

S U B S C R I P T I O N   T O   M Y   B A N D C A M P   P A G E


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SOMETHING ALWAYS REMAINS


Cassette, A5 zine, postcard, sticker and pin-button, Research Laboratories, Ltd 35 copies

Available as a limited cassette ed. of 35 with A5 zine, sticker, postcard, and pin button, or a digital-only with pdf zine.


Physical copies are available directly from the label.

The physical cassette edition, limited to 35 copies, is available directly from the label (contact-them for availability and prices) and comes with : 

- a 24 pages zine, A5 on heavy paper

- a postcard

- a sticker

- a pin button badge


The digital version is available on my Bandcamp page and comes with :

- a 24 pages zine, on pdf

- a jpeg of the postcard


«Something Always Remains» deals with audio, visual and mental artefacts. It’s a 30 minutes piece of music concrete and weird electronics, made with tape echo, tape recorder, violin, autoharp, modular synth, voice and field recordings,
released as a very limited cassette (35 copies) by the UK label Research Laboratories.

Recorded, assembled, and mastered in 2021 by Francisco Meirino at Shiver Mobile.

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I am happy, to tell you that the PRE-ORDERS are now open for my forthcoming 

4 X CD boxset "The Process Of Significance"

Released by Misanthropic Agenda

30.- euros + shipping (SHIPS March 26th) : here > https://franciscomeirino.bandcamp.com/album/the-process-of-significance-2


USA/CANADA/JAPAN/OVERSEAS; I strongly recommend that you order through the label, Misanthropic Agenda, based in Houston, USA.

Distributor / Mailorders: PM for special deals.

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A     N E W     I N S T A B I L I T Y 


LP / Digital Download - Released by The Helen Scarsdale Agency, HMS057 - January 29 2021


composed, mixed and performed by Francisco Meirino, mastering by James Plotkin, photography by Francisco Meirino, design by Jim Haynes.


(label description)

In 2019, I presented « A New Instability » a commission for the venerable Ina-GRM in Paris. Of course, this institution is the pre-eminent center for the research and study of electro-acoustic music dating back to founding of Groupe de Recherches Musicales in 1958 by Pierre Schaefer. To this day, Ina-GRM continues to be at the avant-garde of the electro-acoustic composition, I an honored to receive such a commission.

 
Field recordings from a kendo dojo cast a pugilistic, combative arch to these recordings which snap, burst, explode, and erupt with utterances of men and women engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Searing frequencies build, swarm, and amass out of these episodes rise to psychologically tense crescendo that rupture at their heights, quickly turning attention towards a violence that originates from within. It is as if the objective observations of those martial arts recordings are sublimated within a subjective experience of psychic unease, disquiet, and imbalance.

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T O   M A K E   A   L I T T L E   M O R E   W I T H   A   L I T T L E   L E S S 


Free download.


That piece was recorded and edited while on lockdown in April 23-24, at home in Lausanne, Switzerland as part of the online festival AMPLIFY 2020, curated by Jon Abbey and Vanessa Rossetto.

Francisco Meirino : Califone cardmaster, cassette walkmans, synthesizers (eurorack, korg volca modular), field recorder, binaural microphones, turntable, resonator guitar, amplified transducer and computer.

T O   M A K E   A   L I T T L E   M O R E   W I T H   A   L I T T L E   L E S S 


Free download.


That piece was recorded and edited while on lockdown in April 23-24, at home in Lausanne, Switzerland as part of the online festival AMPLIFY 2020, curated by Jon Abbey and Vanessa Rossetto.

Francisco Meirino : Califone cardmaster, cassette walkmans, synthesizers (eurorack, korg volca modular), field recorder, binaural microphones, turntable, resonator guitar, amplified transducer and computer.

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H E A R   A F T E R  :  M A T T E R S  O F  A U D I T O R Y  P A R A N O I A


CD, Flag Day Recordings, 2019, FDR33, 4 panels digisleeve matte finish, Ltd 200​


Statement from Billy Pizzaro from Flag Day Recordings : « Francisco's work in my humble opinion speaks for itself. I'm just incredibly honored to be able to put this out for him and help promote it. If you really need a description to go on though, here is my brief thoughts on it. Masterful pacing and layering of eurorack textures, vertigo inducing frequencies, immersive field recordings, broken electronics and reel-to-reel tape. Francisco has a technique that I like to call "slow cuts" where he will make you zone out on a certain sound and then suddenly change the channel on you, snapping you out of your daze. This is one of my favorite aspects of Meirino's work and I found myself zoning out to this one especially hard. Sometimes subtle, sometimes harsh, always pleasing to listen to though. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I do. As always thank you for listening and supporting.» 


Assembled and mastered at Shiver Mobile, Lausanne, 2017-2019 and at GRM Studios, Paris, 2019.

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T H R E E   R E A L I Z A T I O N S   F O R   E N S E M B L E S


CD, Misanthropic Agenda, 2019, MAR 052, 4 panel digipak, matte finish

13.- euros (shipping included)


Three compositions written by Francisco Meirino for two music ensembles : Epidemic for Ensemble Phoenix Basel and Nabla & Ghetto(phase IV) for Ensemble Vortex. Using pitch and timbre of traditional acoustic instruments Meirino’s unique compositional voice speaks out. Guiding the listener through tension and decompression, unease and malaise. Performed by Ensemble Vortex and Ensemble Phoenix Basel. Recorded 2016-2019, Mixed, edited and mastered by Francisco Meirino at Shiver Mobile in 2018-2019

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A long interview (in french) for GRIFF radio, in Switzerland

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A short interview for the Ina GRM Youtube channel, before performing on the GRM Acousmonium  in Paris, January 20, 2019.

Interview et générique : Alexandre Bazin

Photos : Aude Paget, Didier Allard

Réalisation : Jean-Baptiste Garcia

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T H E   R U I N S


CD, Misanthropic Agenda, 2018, MAR 046, 4 panels digipak matte finish, Ltd 200


From the ruins of hours of multi-channel recordings created during his residency at EMS Stockholm, Francisco Meirino has created a definitive statement of time and discovery. Inspired by the Serge and Buchla modular synthesizers, he felt as if he were standing before ancient ruins, familiar yet unknown. After allowing these recordings to sit and decay over time, he discovered, when he finally came back to them, that all that was left were the pieces and ruins of sonic archives. The end result is a masterpiece statement, an exercise in abandonment and discovery. The ruins Francisco Meirino has unearthed reach deep into our psyche from seemingly the most unlikely source, machines, evoking a story of damage and resurrection. (Press release)​​


Assembled and mastered at Shiver Mobile, Lausanne, 2015-2017 and at EMS Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, 2016.

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S H A P I N G   T H I N G S (a simple spectrum)



Shaping Things (a simple spectrum) is a composition for 10 oscillators and back tape commissioned by Nicolas Bernier for his Oscillator Ensemble in 2018. 


The oscillator ensemble is an ongoing project made in collaboration with scholars, students and artists. This 10 musicians electronic music ensemble stands at the antipode of the miniaturization of today's musical technologies. The post-wars oscillators that serves here as instruments are heavy machines producing only the most rudimentary signals: sine and square waves. The oscillator makes it possible to return to the basis of the sound creation with the assumption that the functional simplicity of the oscillator will oblige a reflection on the precision of thought on time and frequency structures.


• Direction: Nicolas Bernier

• Support: UdeM, FRQ-SC

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U N T I T L E D 


with Robin Michel & Thibault Walter, self-released LP, lathe cut, transparent vinyl, ed. of 5.

Side A : 12’25

Side B : 12’21

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I N F E R N A L    A    L ’ I N T E R I E U R


In French, 88 pages black & white book. first ed. of 100 copies

Edited by Editions Ripopée, july 2018


A story written by the reduction of full pages from a random novel into single phrases, this automatic writing of abstract poetry has morph into a short and tragic story about separation, family, death and time loops.

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L A    P L A I N T E


Vinyl LP,  Cave12 ‎– c12 A 05, 250 copies, format : 12’’ - 33rpm​


A    untitled        19’53

B    untitled        20’55​


Composed, edited and pre-mastered by Francisco Meirino. Design by Xavier Robel. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker, at Dubplates & Mastering.

Produced by Cave12, 2018.

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This piece is a commission by the Mos Espa Festival, is mostly composed from the (MEG) Geneva Ethnography Museum’s sound archives. Composed in 2016, it has been re-edited by the artist for this present LP edition by Cave 12 records.

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M A S S A C R E   O F   T H E   I N N O C E N T S 


A short extract from a forthcoming limited to 16 copies 12’’ Lathe on Gerauschmanufaktur.


Massacre Of The Innocents

A surround live performance for 10 speakers, performed and recorded at the Screamscape exhibition at Fri-Art, Fribourg, Switzerland the 06.06.2015.

Stereo line and binaural room recordings.


Using the sounds from the Swiss Scream Bank / Scream Studies


Stereo edit and mastering by Francisco Meirino march 2018.

Side A : 12’59

Side B : 12’20

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 V I S I B L E  /  I N V I S I B L E

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Label : Ed. Standard/Deluxe 

Format : 7’’ - 33rpm

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Assembled and recorded by Francisco Meirino at standard/deluxe.

Artwork by Elise Gangebin-de Bons ​


side A is made by recording living cockroaches crawling inside the art space, then re-played through a P.A. and a re-recorded live with binaural microphones during a 5 min. walk inside the space.​


side B is made by walking inside the art space with 4 emf detectors, direct 4 channels recording to zoom h6.

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F R A N C I S C O   M E I R I N O   &   B R U N O   D U P L A N T              D E D A N S / D E H O R S


Label : Moving Furniture Records / Format : CD / 13.- Euros (E.U. shipping included)


Anecdotic music

As with Luc Ferrari, it is an assemblage of recorded sequences in which we recognize a succession of various events and we reconstruct in our imaginary a possible narrative that may have been at the origin of these sounds. This is not the sound landscape (Soundscape or Field recording) whose neutrality of the author must be one of the characteristics. It is not reportage. Above all, it involves the assembly, by montage and superposition, of sounds of different origins with the intention of composing a musical continuity which can be assimilated to a kind of sonorous narrative. In any case, it is the listener who has to construct his own story based on his recognition of the sources, or according to his interpretation of these sources. The composer organizes the different sounds, puts them in relation, creating associations but also contradictions in the mind of the listener.

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F R A N C I S C O  M E I R I N O  &  Y A N   J U N                                       T H E   B L I N D  M A T CH 


Label : Avant Whatever / Format : digital file / donation

Francisco Meirino: field recordings, electronics   //    Yan Jun: field recordings, feedback


In 2012 Franciso Meirino and Yan Jun met in Lausanne during Luff Festival. They started to brew a collaboration based on materials from live concerts: live recordings, soundcheck recordings, field recordings and so on. In January of 2014, Francisco sent his one hour track to Yan. After about six months Yan made his own, when he had almost forgotten what Francisco’s track sounded like. They kept this pace of working/forgetting/working until 2016, producing two more tracks and a few adjustments. Finally, they turned back to a simple mix of the first two tracks, The Blind Match

It keeps a slow pace, as if we have all the time we need.

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W O R K S H O P  :  C O M P O S I T I O N  /  A N T I - C O M P O S I T I O N 


In january 2017, I gave a 4 days workshop called « Composition / Anti-composition, sound recording, experimental music and radical out of context listening » at the HEAR art school in Mulhouse, France


« Capturing the sound space, making the inaudible audible and composing with the everyday, here are the challenges of this workshop led by Francisco Meirino. A story, if not an atmosphere. Feedback, if not electromagnetic capture. Forgot the effects, the sound is raw and pulled out of its context to arrive at a collective composition of 20 minutes. The various captures between hard disks, tools, magnetic sounds and voices have made it possible to create a common assembly between structure, chaos and musicality. » 


Two pieces my own solo and a collective piece done by the students, both pieces are composed with the sounds of Elise Demange, Mireille Reiners, Silviane Den Goer of Herve, Raphaëlle Doineau, Medhi Hivert, Fanny Bresson, Louise Fauroux, Adrien Marie-Hardy, Ugo Sebastiao, Agathe Siffert, Elsa Broustet, Dharana Giannetti, Augustin Soulard, Victor Donati, Emma Kerssenbrock, Philippe Paulin and my own.

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S Q U A W K   B O X,  A   S O U N D   I N S T A L L A T I O N

 

speakers, audio mixer, computer, audio loop. 


A commission from the LUFF/OFF Répression sonore

October 18th to 22nd 2017 at Chapelle de Tell, Lausanne, Switzerland. 


The Squawk Box was reportedly to be used by the British Army in the 1970’s to disperse riots in Northern Ireland.

I tried to reconstruct this non-lethal weapon, based on the high-volume diffusion of two (very close) high frequencies. 


The installation was running for 6 hours - non stop, right in the front of the festival’s main entrance. 

Every day, from 18:00 to 24:00, during the 4 days of the LUFF festival, 2017.

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S U R R E N D E R,  R E N D E R,  E N D 


Jewel case CD, The Helen Scarsdale Agency (USA)

6 pages booklet, matte finish. HMS037 


Assembled, performed and mastered by Francisco Meirino at Shiver Mobile, 2014-2016. 

Artwork Francisco Meirino & Jim Haynes, layout : Jim Haynes 


"First and foremost, Surrender, Render, End is an electro-acoustic dialectic, unremittingly engaged in a pugilist conflict between art and accident. The Swiss noise-composer Francisco Meirino began working on the skeleton for this piece in 2014 as a multi-channel, modular synth patch, which has been in an ongoing state of modification through public diffusions and private rumination. Meirino posits the album as a metaphysical puzzle of manipulated tape, atonal synthesis, and concrete sound. He is quick to point out that these are more than field recordings, better stated as an extreme amplification of natural phenomena. All of this twists and turns through a shifting of perspective, akin to the cinematic tropes of objectivity and subjectivity in the framing of the image; but here it is with hostile topography of sound interacting with the human mind, body, and spirit. The allusions within Surrender, Render, End are numerous and for the most part are fleetingly abstract, like the fragments of a nightmare that linger days after. The research laboratory, abandoned with all of the instruments running after an experiment became toxic and started to metastasize. Nerve-endings rupturing from sensory overload. The residual psychic violence of a time and place that's forgotten history. The one recognizable human utterance: "I'll never know anything." Meirino's work has long been at the forefront of sonic exploration, with Surrender, Render, End being a masterful work built upon many years of dedication to his craft, with countless performances, residencies, collaborations, and publications. Think Luc Ferrari, Peter Tscherkassky, and the aktions of the Schimpfluch-Gruppe."


(label press-release)