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Dothe

by Rachel Langlais

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    "Dothe" 12" Vinyl + Screen printed mini-poster (14,8 x 21 cm),
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    Art by Damien Tran, screen printed by JB Geoffroy

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Dothe 06:11
3.
Thangen 02:27
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En brasier 05:53
7.
Bal Fol 04:06
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9.
Grandroit 05:47

about

[FR]
Composé, joué, enregistré et mixé par Rachel Langlais, Dothe est un album construit avec deux pianos droits, accordés et travaillés différemment. Dans l’esprit des pianos préparés chers à John Cage, la musicienne utilise cette technique de jeu étendue qui consiste à modifier la nature même des sonorités du piano en appliquant directement sur les cordes divers matériaux (papier, objets métalliques, pièces de bois, scotch, plastique...). Rachel Langlais prolonge sa pratique du piano préparé avec diverses techniques d'enregistrements et de traitements informatiques (découpe, ralentissement…) qui font de Dothe un objet d'expérimentation actuel.

Le titre est issu du roman de science-fiction La Main Gauche de La Nuit (1969), d'Ursula K. Le Guin. Le Dothe est une force nerveuse et hystérique contrôlée, pratiquée par certains habitants d’une planète appelée Gethen. Après avoir utilisé cette force, le corps a besoin d'une période de repos appelée Thangen.

Pour accompagner les titres de Dothe, le designer graphique et imprimeur sérigraphe
Damien Tran a conçu un univers visuel en écho aux motifs répétitifs et organiques qui composent l’album. Damien Tran crée des affiches, des courts métrages d’animation, des fanzines et des livres d'art. Son travail a fait l'objet de plusieurs expositions en Europe, au Royaume Uni et aux USA. Pour Dothe, il signe une pochette inversée, où les crédits se retrouvent au recto, avec un jeu de couleurs qui s’appuie sur l'équilibre harmonie/dissonance et un verso minimal dépourvu de texte.

[EN]
Composed, played, recorded and mixed by Rachel Langlais, Dothe is an album that was built around two upright pianos, which she tuned and played differently. In line with John Cage and his prepared pianos, Rachel Langlais relies on this broad practice which consists in modifying the very nature of the sounds a piano makes by applying various materials directly onto the strings (paper, metal objects, pieces of wood, adhesive tape, plastic…). She completes her approach to the prepared piano with diverse recording and digital processing techniques (cut, slowdown) turning Dothe into a contemporary experiment.

The title was borrowed from Ursula K. Le Guin’s science-fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), in which “dothe” is a nervous hysterical strength that can be controlled and that is practised by some inhabitants of a planet called Gethen. After using dothe, the body must take a rest called “thangen.”

A visual universe echoing the repetitive organic patterns that shape this album was conceived by graphic designer and silk-screen printer Damien Tran.
Damien Tran makes posters, animation short films, fanzines and art books. His work has been exhibited around Europe, the UK and the US. For Dothe, he imagined a back-to-front cover, credits thus appearing on the front with a choice of colours playing on harmonious and jarring associations, while the back cover is minimal, without any text.

credits

released May 28, 2021

Composition, prepared piano, recording, mix : Rachel Langlais
Mastering : Brice Kartmann
Artwork : Damien Tran

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