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Zero of Form

by Pedro Melo Alves

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// Prepared Drums Studies

Improvised studies on some of my drums extended techniques and sounds, first released as a video series.

About timbre, once in conversation with Afonso Pais (portuguese great guitar player), he told me timbre was the ultimate truth of a musician. Over the last few years, between the circuit of contemporary and experimental music, I've played with many special musicians who triggered in me a continuous effort to rethink the drumset. We're condemned to be ourselves our whole life. I think I've only truly known the feeling of, for an instant, not being myself and "being" another with whom I'm playing, through sound, through timbre. It's in these shared spaces between people that something luminous happens. It's when you get to unknown territories, outside the walls of your small truths, and learn something new.
These sessions are made of many of these encounters I've had so far, and just a checkpoint on an ongoing personal process. It's about hating and loving, constructing and desconstructing your way somewhere far from you.

// Full video performance of the album: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOLFlsEdJhgPml16w_t3OkHrPepb5XuDQ



released June 10, 2020

Pedro Melo Alves - drums, percussion and objects

Recorded in April 2020 at Ermo do Caos, Porto.
Audio by Pedro Melo Alves.
Artwork by ELLEONOR (www.helloelleonor.com)
Thanks to Mariana Gomes and Sonoscopia for the technical support.
Thanks to João Pais Filipe, the cymbalsmith of many of my cymbals, bells and gongs.


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Pedro Melo Alves Porto, Portugal

From Porto, Portugal.
Studied Jazz Drums and Music Composition.
// Bernardo Sassetti composition award (2016) and Giorgio Gaslini International Award (2019).
// Drummer and composer in exploratory jazz bands, electroacoustic projects, improvised music and soundtracks for Theatre and Dance.
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