A Sneak Preview of Murcof’s Lost In Time

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Releasing in one month’s time is the latest, a deluxe double vinyl set of work by Mexican electronic sound artist Murcof (aka Fernando Corona). This time around he’s collaborating with multimedia artist Patrick Bernatchez with a soundtrack for his film, which judging by the short preview reels looks quite spectacular. Of Corona’s many releases since 2002 he’s blended his own fusion between ambient with chamber music, granular synthesis, microsound and neo-classical.

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If you haven’t listened to either Cosmos (2007) of Martes (2002) among others, you are truly missing out on a whole other world of music. He’s one of the unsung and lesser known in his field, though this upcoming release should finally cement his reputation among like peers. His sound is well-rounded but evocative and experimental in terms of the way he uses timing and space within his sound. Here is a clip from the upcoming Lost In Time release which has been in the works since 2015 and will finally see the light of day via Glacial Movements on September 28 (our full review will be around mid-month):

Murcof was the very first Mexican electronic artist I had the pleasure to see perform live, at Mutek in Montreal circa 2004. That year the presenters had an entire showcase of artists from Mexico, many of whom were fantastic, but somehow this guy stood out in a crowd, and simply wowed. My first impressions were of a guy who can take classically leaning ambient textured sounds and incorporate them into funky minimal techno — after listening to his records in the ensuing years he proved just the opposite.

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For my ears, if an audio artist can transcend the live experience, in and out of context on record, important distinctions in the genre have been made. I’m always left with his sense of wonder and emotion, even on Statea his more recent classically leaning collaboration with Vanessa Wagner which was quite beautiful and raw. I’m going to leave you with one additional clip from the upcoming release where you can witness his collaboration with Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal:

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