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Nova Materia - In The Footsteps Of Xpujil

by Nova Materia

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An original, 6-part piece commissioned by renowned Parisian digital arts centre La Gaîté Lyrique, this album was recorded during special performances at la Gaîté and reworked in their studios. In the Footsteps of Xpujil features collaborations with artist/writer Agnès Gayraud (voice), Gaspar Claus (cello), Myako (electronics) and Cosmic Neman (percussion).
The piece is an extension of Xpujil, Nova Materia’s immersive album based on binaural recordings made by the duo during a journey in the Mexican jungle (towards the ruins of the Maya city of Xpujil), which were then processed and transformed. The resulting album blurred the borders between music, field recordings and psychoacoustic trance, in a spirit close to that of acoustic ecology.

Xpujil was released towards the end of 2021, as part of the Made To Measure series.

Nova Materia then proceeded to prepare four live extensions of the album, each with a different collaborator, with whom the duo worked on a different aspect of the original piece.

These sessions were weaved into this single, 6-part album, mixed in binaural by Thibaut Javoy.

1. Je ne suis jamais allée à Xpujil 1 - featuring Agnès Gayraud
2. Je ne suis jamais allée à Xpujil 2 - featuring Agnès Gayraud

Agnès Gayraud wrote and read a text which explores the paradoxes of immersive listening, between intimacy and trance. Agnès is a musician and songwriter (under the name La Féline), as well as a writer and philosopher (her acclaimed Dialectic of Pop was translated and published in 2020).

3. Forest of Ghosts 1- featuring Gaspar Claus 4. Forest of Ghosts 2 - featuring Gaspar Claus
With Gaspar Claus and his cello, Nova Materia tackled an acoustic approach of Xpujil. An adventurous instrumentalist, Gaspar has worked with artists & projects across the spectrum, from Jim O-Rourke to Rone to classical music & soundtracks

5. Insects - featuring Myako
Exploring a forest of insect-sized microsounds with Myako, a rising figure in the French electronic music scene, equally at ease doing DJ sets for Rinse France and producing audio pieces with/for ethnological museum Quai Branly.

6. Ritual - featuring Cosmic Neman
With Cosmic Neman’s electronic and acoustic percussion, this section approaches the word of ritual and trance devices which sometimes enable to communicate with the invisible. Cosmic Neman is a founding member of Herman Dune and Zombie Zombie.


released May 12, 2023


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Nova Materia Paris, France

Nova Materia’s powerful, hypnotic music incorporates eerie sounds generated by raw and mineral materials (metal, rocks etc) to create tracks that are in turn hyper-rhythmic and dreamy, poised between postpunk rock and electronic dance music.


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