Life Without Machine



French composer Sylvain Chauveau's new album Life Without Machines, a set ofshort compositions using Barnett Newman's series of abstract painting The Stations of the Cross as visual scores
Known for very minimal compositions for acoustic instruments, electronics andsometimes vocals, with a focus on quietness and slowness; Sylvain has released records on labels such as FatCat, Sub Rosa, Type, Les Disques du Soleil et del'Acier, Brocoli and performed live across Europe, Canada and USA, Russia and Asia
The title of his new album, Life Without Machines, expresses the fact that ourlives are entirely assisted by machines (for everything we eat, wear, transport,build, watch, listen...) which require a permanent, colossal use of energy - mostlyfossil fuels, whose combustion constantly sends CO to the atmosphere. The titlesuggests that this can't last forever: living with less (and finally without) machines may have to become a collective decision in the future or (moreprobably) a consequence of a combination of crisis (both energetic, economicaland ecological)
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