Album artwork for Estrella 1996

Estrella 1996 Carola Bony

Release date: April 24, 2020
Cat No: Espectro 02
Barcode: 4250101416361
Estrella 1996 by Carola Bony is the second release of Amplio Espectro, a new label curated by Carisma that will release music monthly for a year. The EP was conceived by Carola Bony in 1996, and Amplio Espectro presents it today in its original form, exactly as it was created 24 years ago. This five-track EP mixes jungle and ambient and sounds as fresh as any record produced today. Today hardware vs. software is just a matter of taste, but in the mid-90s Carola composed this record without any visual correlation, only with her ears. Armed with a mixer, an ¼ inch tape recorder, an Emax 2 sampler, a Korg workstation and an Oberheim synthesizer (which at that time was rumored to belong to Edgar Froese, who had left it in Argentina after his South American tour), Carola Bony shaped this EP recording directly on a DAT the result of her compositions and sound manipulations. Nothing captures the history of the EP better than these three anecdotes about Carola's first visit to London, which she herself tells: “During my first trip to London in 1995, I walked a lot and also got lost. There was no GPS so getting lost was very easy. I arrived at Camden Lock through Regent's Canal and when I went up the stairs I ran into an injected-eyed boy with a small table, a stack of cassettes and a tiny sound system that reproduced music I had never heard before. The drums were in such a hurry that they were no longer drums. And the syncopation was such that everything was suspended in the air, like a bird running and about to fly". “One Sunday I took the subway to go to the Blue Note club in Hoxton. When I got off the train the street was completely deserted, it didn't seem like London. Out of nowhere, I found a very long line coming out of the club. Used to Buenos Aires' nightlife, I went straight to the door and hurled an "I'm on the list" and they let me in! Goldie, Björk, and Richard D. James were the faces I recognized. I've never been afraid of the sound in my body again like I was that Sunday. I thought my veins were going to explode due to the intensity of those basses". “On my return to Buenos Aires, I immediately began and tried copying the mad sounds I had heard on my trip and that is how Estrella 1996 was born. I thought that this novelty warranted a more official edition. I fantasized about an EP on a CD, but the refusal of the local labels was resounding: “This doesn't exist here and it will not work". The musical imitation I tried, didn't work out as such. But I think that the attempt wasn't unsuccessful. Perhaps, in retrospect, this music acquires precisely the value of its rarity by not having managed to belong to any genre. The tenderness of error, the miracle of the big bang, star. ” Estrella 1996 has its visual counterpart, a VHS that the artist made back in 1996 to accompany future live performances. It supports the music with a video glitch aesthetic, something as relevant today as in those years. Each theme has its video composed of fragments of movies that Carola Bony rented (sometimes for several weeks) in an emblematic videoclub in the center of Buenos Aires called Mondo Macabro. These videos can be seen at the Amplio Espectro YouTube channel. They work as a mini movie that accompanies and unites this peculiar musical journey.

Kompakt Newsletter

Stay in the loop and subscribe to our webshop newsletter