Ferran Fages
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Krentz Ratings:
Oompfsquawk (2001), 5/10
Flysch (2002), 5/10
Infra (2003), 5/10
November 2002 (2003), 5/10
A Cavall Entre Dos Cavalls (2004), 6/10
Cinabri (2005), 5.5/10
Cancons Per a un Lent Retard (2007), 6.5/10
Al Voltant D'Un Para/.Lel (2007), 6/10
Lullaby for Lali (2010), 6/10
Llavi Vell (2011), 5.5/10
Radi D'Or (2013), 6/10
Tables and Stairs (2010), 6.5/10

Ferran Fages (Spain, 1974) specializes in improvised music for guitar, turntables and electronics, and has worked in the groups Error Focus (since 1998 with Ruth Barberan) and Cremaster (since 2000 with Alfredo Costa Monteiro), that released Flysch (G3G Records, 2002), Infra (Antifrost, 2003) and 23 November 2002 (Sound 323, 2003).

Fages expressed his aesthetic ideals on A Cavall Entre Dos Cavalls (Creative Sources, 2004) and Cancons Per a un Lent Retard (Etude, 2007), two albums of subliminal dissonant studies for solo guitar. The latter includes the nine-minute Suspens Vertical, a "song" deconstructed as a minimal soundscape, the sixteen-minute Suspens Horitzontal, which is relatively lively by his standards with the plucking becoming almost hysterical, the seventeen-minute Paraula Clau, that juxtaposes barely-audible tinkling and droning sounds with vehemently percussive sounds. All of them share a very fractured structure and slow-paced timing. They advanced tone by tone, emphasizing the silence in between the tones. This makes each tone richer and more significant than it would be in a continuum. Fages' art is a close relative of Taku Sugimoto.

Cinabri (Absurd, 2005) was a collaboration with Will Guthrie.

Since 2000 Fages also worked with Alfredo Costa Monteiro in an electro-acoustic duo called Cremaster, documented on Oompfsquawk (2001), Flysch (2002), Infra (2003), 32, 41 n/m2 (2003), and Audiobot (2006), a collaboration with Mattin.

The trio of Fages, Monteiro and Ruth Barberan recorded Atolon (2003) and Istmo (2005). This trio plus Margarida Garcia recorded Octante (2005).

The solo guitar album Al Voltant D'Un Para/.Lel (jan 2007 - Etude, 2008) contains the 13-minute Primer Gir (whose slowly unfolding and tinning guitar tones indirectly focus the listener's attention on the droning space between the notes) and the 11-minute Ultim Gir (a much more organic piece that sounds like a deconstructed bluesy saudade ballad). Some of the pieces revisit themes from A Cavall Entre Dos Cavalls.

Lullaby for Lali (Etude, 2010) is a collaboration with Lali Barrière (guitaret, metallophone and electronics) that consists of Lullaby Electric and Lullaby Acoustic.

The droning music of Llavi Vell (L'Innomable, 2011) was obtained by bowing the strings of the acoustic guitar and overdubbing several layers.

The 36-minute piece of Radi D'Or (Another Timbre, 2013), premiered in february 2011, was scored for a small electroacoustic ensemble.

The two compositions of Lullaby for Lali (december 2009) were devoted to the guitar (electric and acoustic).

A trio with Ferran Fages on sine waves Robin Hayward on microtonal tuba and Nikos Veliotis on cello was documented on the live Tables and Stairs (june 2010).

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