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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO & MIGUEL A. GARCIA "Nonmenabsorbium"
Label : Idiosyncratics (Bel)/ Format : CD / 13.- Euros (E.U. shipping included)

Assembled, performed and recorded by Miguel A. Garcia and Francisco Meirino,
edited & mastered by Francisco Meirino at Shiver Mobile.
Artwork by Elise Gangebin-de Bons

We wanted it raw and tense, fierce and intense, but not necessarily noisy.
"Nonmenabsorbium is a cerebral work of powerful compositions that combine
technical prowess with haunting intrigue."
The Brvtalist

Prolific Swiss electronic composer Francisco Meirino (Misantropic Agenda,
Entr'acte, Antifrost) and Basque country’s most prominent left-field musician
Miguel A. Garcia aka Xedh (Crónica, Idealstate) team up and go for the rawest
yet most carefully built electronic experimentation. No-input mixer, modular synth,
field recordings & magnetic fields find themselves at the core of this true gem
of radical electronic music, savvily handcrafted with by two experts of the genre.
(label press release)

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New release



ERYCK ABECASSIS & FRANCISCO MEIRINO "La Gueule Du Loup"
Label : Fragment Factory (GER)/ Format : CD / 13.- Euros (E.U. shipping included)

"La Gueule Du Loup" explores raw improvisation in a crude, almost cruel manner.
On this project the two musicians build musical pieces free of pre-existing structures
or recorded sounds. The electronic matrix arises from the modules and is immediately
propelled into the atmosphere. The two unpatched modular synthesizers first suggest
a virgin circuit, patches are build
during the performance, during the composition.
Cosmetic memory plays a secondary role here, catapulted
sytles shoving the idea of
unified styles, this is another memory, where the patch is a substitution
to ensure
a sound coherence of elements, tones, micro-tones, rhythms, order and chaos.

Performed and recorded at GRM studios in Paris, edited at home. Edition of 300 copies.

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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO "SURRENDER, RENDER, END"
Label : The Helen Scarsdale Agency(USA)/ Format : CD
/ 15.- Euros (E.U. shipping included)

"First and foremost, Surrender, Render, End is an electro-acoustic dialectic,
unremittingly engaged in a pugilist conflict between art and accident.
The Swiss noise-composer Francisco Meirino began working on the skeleton for
this piece in 2014 as a multi-channel, modular synth patch, which has been in
an ongoing state of modification through public diffusions and private rumination.
Meirino posits the album as a metaphysical puzzle of manipulated tape,
atonal synthesis, and concrete sound. He is quick to point out that these are more than
field recordings, better stated as an extreme amplification of natural phenomena.

All of this twists and turns through a shifting of perspective, akin to the cinematic
tropes of objectivity and subjectivity in the framing of the image; but here it is
with hostile topography of sound interacting with the human mind, body, and spirit.
The allusions within Surreneder, Render, End are numerous and for the most part are
fleetingly abstract, like the fragments of a nightmare that linger days after.
The research laboratory, abandoned with all of the instruments running after an
experiment became toxic and started to metastasize. Nerve-endings rupturing from
sensory overload. The residual psychic violence of a time and place that's forgotten history.
The one recognizable human utterance: "I'll never know anything." Meirino's work has
long been at the forefront of sonic exploration, with Surrender, Render, End being a
masterful work built upon many years of dedication to his craft, with countless performances,
residencies, collaborations, and publications.
Think Luc Ferrari, Peter Tscherkassky, and the aktions of the Schimpfluch-Gruppe."
(label press-release).

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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO "An investigation on electricity, magnetic fields...."
Label : Observatoire(Russia) & OtO (Japan) / Format : CD or CS + A5 booklet
/ 14.- Euros (E.U. shipping included)

"A solo album, that tries to de-construct our approach to sound/music by taking
decaying found sounds and unstable electronics and use them in a sort of nihilistic sonic assault.

By radically using them out of contect, the music forces us to listen in detail to sounds we'd never
have been able to relate with. From intense loud textures to the most microscopic sound".

(label press-release).

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New additions to my Bandcamp archives

For 2.- euros or more, you have now access to a lot of my sold out or unreleased pieces.
Just go to my Bandcamp page and enjoy.



Like this new addition "Wrong", it's the soundtrack of my installation done for
"Foutraque" at standard/deluxe, november 2015 in Lausanne Switzerland 

Installation notes. 
"Francisco Meirino is active since 1994 in experimental music and live performance. 
He develops in parallel a more confidential work of drawings and writing. 

"Wrong" is the key word of this installation, nervously repeated in all media,
creating a constant frequency. 

"Wrong" is the delicate intersection between the music of Francisco Meirino
and his works of drawing and writing . 

IF YOU BUY IT : GET A BONUS : 

PDF of the book "Wrong" & some pictures of the installation


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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO "DISSENSION"
Label : Thalamos (greece)/ Format : CS 36, Ltd 100 copies
/ 10.- Euros

A cassette tape : a new piece of musique concrète : Modular Synth, voice, piano, toy guitar,
field recordings, + UPIC (highC) source recordings treatments.

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Composition for Ensemble

"Epidemic" a new piece with the Ensemble Phoenix Basel.

I have composed a piece for 10 instruments and electronics
for the Ensemble Phoenix in Basel, this piece was commissioned by Daniel Buess
who sadly passed away in march, "Epidemic" is dedicated to him.



We will perform the piece at HeK in Basel, june 10th and 11th
and at Cave 12 in Geneva the 12


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National Anthem, KREV 25 Year Anniversary

The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland
25 Year Anniversary at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.



I will perform live (among an impressive line up)
at Cabaret Voltaire for the
KREV 25's Anniversary!

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Residency at EMS Stockholm



I will be doing a residency at Stockholm's EMS studios
between march 15th and 18th, to work on their Serge & Buchla
modular synths
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FILE 2016 - selected



My piece "A Possibility (one of many)" has been selected
to be part of the FILE 2016 - Electronic Language International Festival,
in the "Hypersonica" catgory in Brazil.


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I'm on Tumblr now.



I am on tumblr now : franciscomeirino.tumblr.com

Features some visual works, audio, words etc.
it is a sort of scrapbook for my forthcoming book "The Extent Of The Disaster"
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New review



My LP with NICOLAS BERNIER "FICTION"
on Misanthropic Agenda has been reviewed in this month issue of THE WIRE.


"Fiction" is my collaboration with Canadian, Ars Electronica Golden Nica award winner Nicolas Bernier.
It is a study in feedback and psychoacoustic challenging the listeners perception and raising questions of what reality and fiction truly are. Comes in three editions : Black vinyl - or - Black and color striped - or - an ultra limited edition in random colors (only 14 copies).

Tracklisting : Side A : "FICTION BM" Side B : "FICTION M" / "FICTION B"

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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO "A POSSIBILITY (ONE OF MANY)"
Label : Zonoff(BEL)/ Format : CS 30, Ltd 40 copies


This is a cassette edition of the one week residency I did last april at the Radio Picnic headquarters for
"RESIDENCE FOR CREATIVE RADIO" project in Brussels.

Each cover is unique.
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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO "RIOTS"
Label : Esoteric Personalities (USA)/ Format : CS 22, Ltd 50 copies
/ 10.- Euros

A cassette tape : side A "Riots" side B "MBB BK117 - F/A18 - Agusta A109 "
Field recordings of riots, various aerial warfare + UPIC (highC) source recordings treatments.
All data gathered in Switzerland and France 2012-2014.
Music, artwork & design by Francisco Meirino
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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO & NICOLAS BERNIER "FICTION"
Label : Misanthropic Agenda(USA)/ Format : LP Ltd
/ 15.- Euros (+ shipping)

"Fiction" is my collaboration with Canadian, Ars Electronica Golden Nica award winner Nicolas Bernier.
It is a study in feedback and psychoacoustic challenging the listeners perception and raising questions of what reality and fiction truly are. Comes in three editions : Black vinyl - or - Black and color striped - or - an ultra limited edition in random colors (only 14 copies).

Tracklisting : Side A : "FICTION BM" Side B : "FICTION M" / "FICTION B"

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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO & LEIF ELGGREN "TROP TÔT"
Label : Firework Edition Records(SWE)/ Format : CD,digipak Ltd 200 copies
/ 13.- Euros

I am proud and honored to collaborate with the writer, visual artist, stage performer,
composer, mastermind and King of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) : Leif Elggren !
"Trop Tôt" is composed and performed by myself and Leif Elggren, and features the voice of Laura Daengeli.

Tracklisting : 1 Little Idiot / 2 Petit Idiot / 3 Trop tôt, too early.

French texts translated by Rip on/off, take from Leif Elggren's book "Une peu comme voir dans la nuit", Van Dieren Editeur.
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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO & DAVE PHILLIPS "UGLYOGRAPY"
Label : Angst Records(ITA)/ Format : CS 40

Side A recorded live at Atonal, Zurich, edited by dp.
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Free download



On my soundcloud page, you can download (for free)
my latest solo performance at Cave12, Geneva.

It is a 34 min.- 4 channels surround set, for modular synthesizer and computer.

Enjoy !
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Residency / free online release



Last april I did a one week residency at the Radio Picnic headquarters for
"RESIDENCE FOR CREATIVE RADIO" project in Brussels.

The result is a piece called "A Possibility (one of many)" that i've composed there,
you can listen to a free streaming on the project website.


Source recordings were conducted in the basement at Radio Picnic headquarters in Brussels,
among all the gear available, I chose to use, as I often do in my body of work, only
the low tech gear I found there, such as : a broken 7'' record player, a dusty cassette
recorder with a saturation problem, a couple of broken speakers powered by two 9 volts batteries
and alligator clips, an AAA battery powered transducer, 3 xylophone bars (C / G / A), a rattle egg,
a barely functional Electribe drum machine, an electronic organ that buzzes due to poorly shielded
external output, a home-made loop cassette tape, paper, plastic, metal and a cheap shotgun microphone
with phantom power issues.
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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO & TONY WHITEHEAD "CARTRIDGES, PIEZOS, STATIC FIELDS AND BROKEN ELECTRONICS"
Label : Eter LAb(Col)/ Format : CDr, Ltd 80 copies
/ 10.- Euros

This collaboration brings together minimalist UK artist Tony Whitehead (who runs the "Very Quiet Recordings" label and myself,for a quite minimal and elegant piece using turntable cartridges and piezos rubbing stones and shells, recordings of static fields and my "trademark" broken electronics.
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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO "WRONG"
A sort of companion book to my solo CD "Notebook (techniques of self-destruction).
50 pages book - pocket size - black & white.
Released : february 2015 / Produced : january to december 2014
Price (in euros) (shipping included) : 10.-
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New release



FRANCISCO MEIRINO & RORO PERROT "SOUS LA CHAMBRE, SANS LE SAVOIR"
Label : Decimation Sociales(Fr)/ Format : CD, Ltd 200 copies
/ 10.- Euros

ROMAIN PERROT : Gerogerikukulele + voix + Meirinoscillateur.
FRANCISCO MEIRINO : Synthétiseur modulaire + diapason + Meirinoscillateur II + ordinateur + beastrogo666.
Enregistré dans la chambre sous le savoir, octobre 2014.

listen:

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New releases



New solo CD "BEYOND REPAIR"
Label : Sincope(Italy)/ Format : CD - letterpressed cardboard wallet / Ltd 200 copies
/ 13.- Euros

Beyond Repair : Eleven short tracks for modular synth, home made electronics and tape recorders. A true union between coarse substance of analogical devices and voltage of tense electronics. The core of Beyond Repair is the fusion of its contrasts. Permanent tension between chiselling and bare deconstruction, meditation and frontal sound, cold stasis and unstable dynamics. Eleven tracks that run without pause as a single composition that hits like a strong cut-up aggression.

listen:

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New solo CDr "THE AESTHETICS OF EVERYTHING FOR NOTHING"
Label : 1000 Füssler(Germany) / Format : 3' cdr - printed cardboard cover / Ltd 60 copies
/ 8.- Euros

That piece explores the sonic possibilites and audio-aesthetics of toddlers toys. By using binaural microphones, sharp editing and some pitch and resonance treatments, I was able to record and use all the rattle elements, the small motors and tiny bells that are hidden inside those toys.

listen:

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"ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING" is my CD in collaboration with Jamasp Jhabvala
Label : Geraeuschmanufaktur(Germany)
Format : CD - Matt finish digipak, full color artwork / Ltd 200 copies
/ 13.- Euros (shipping included)

The source material for this opus is the sound of different setups all involved in the so-called Selective Melting Process : fiber laser emission, eddy current crack detection, powder deposition system, ultrasonic sieving...

listen:

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New release



My collaboration with Gerritt Wittmer "The Confidence Of Being Lost"(CD) on Misanthropic Agenda
is now available.


listen:

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New release



My collaboration with ILIOS "Travaux"(CD) on "Entr'acte"
is now available on this website, directly from the label, and also on Metamkine


listen:

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New piece performed in Bogota

My new piece "Rub, Crumple and Tear It" will be performed
(among other pieces by various other composers) at the Galeria Valenzuela-Klenner
in Bogota during the exhibition "Satélite" curated by David Velez the 28 aug. and 12 sept.



"Rub, Crumple and Tear It" is a surround piece for 8 performers
(playing everyday objects - spoons, paper, pencils, plastic bags etc..) and back track.

For more informations on this interesting project : "Satélite" and "Galéria VK" .

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New release


FRANCISCO MEIRINO "NOTEBOOK (TECHNIQUES OF SELF-DESTRUCTION)"

Is my new solo album, 2 years of work compiled in one CD, 4 panel digipak - matte finish
released by the US label Misanthropic Agenda.

Eight pieces of abrasive music made of electricity, mysterious forces, sharp knives,
dying tape recorders and voices below the threshold of intelligibility.
Features "Techniques Of Self-Destruction" originally a piece for eight speakers
commissioned by Jerome Noetinger for "l'Audible Festival" in Paris, 2012.
Assembled and mastered at Shiver Mobile 2012-2014.


R E V I E W S
One in french in Metamkine.
One in russian in CMmag.org.
One in english in Vital Weekly.
One in english in Seven1878.
One in italian in Radiogwen.ch.

Listen

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A stream of news on facebook

This website is updated only with "important" stuff, new releases, tour etc...
For a more activ stream of news, I have a "facebook" page with daily updates
of news, audio extracts and pics.

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New release


FRANCISCO MEIRINO & ROMAIN PERROT & GERRIT WITTMER "IN ABSENCE OF SONG".

"In Absence Of Song" is a collaboration between Gerritt Wittmer, Romain Perrot(Vomir) and me
recorded live at "the End Of Tymes" Festival in Brooklyn in 2013.
The B side features the studio recording of that performance in a "reverse-engineered" version.
C20 cassette ltd 100 copies, released by Geräuschmanufaktur Records.

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Soundtrack for Cindy Van Acker's "Helder"

Last summer, Cindy Van Acker asked me to compose the music for her new piece : "HELDER".

We performed the piece for a whole week at "la belle scène Saint-Denis" in
Avignon, France.
Helder is a 30 minutes dance piece performed by Stéphanie Bayle, i'm performing the soundtrack live.

We will perform the piece again soon :

11.04.14 @ Centre Culturel Suisse ------>> Paris, France
12.04.14 @ Centre Culturel Suisse ------>> Paris, France
19.04.14 @ Electron, Le Commun --------->> Geneva, Switzerland
20.04.14 @ Electron, Le Commun --------->> Geneva, Switzerland
14.06.14 @ Instants Sonores ------------>> Mende, France
20.06.14 @ Fête de la musique ---------->> Geneva, Switzerland
21.06.14 @ Fête de la musique ---------->> Geneva, Switzerland

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New reviews

Some new reviews of my album An Extended Meaning For Something Meaningless.

One in english in Neural Magazine.
One in french in Improv-shpere blog.

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Online release

FRANCISCO MEIRINO "THE BACK OF MY SKULL"

Is a free download FLAC/MP3 released by the Net label Absence Of Wax.

Unprocessed recordings of no-input feedback techniques on reel-to-reel recorders. Seeking out the sonic spaces within the reel-to-reel's motors.

Assembled and mastered at Shiver Mobile, August 2013.

FREE DOWNLAD HERE (FLAC or MP3).

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Online release

FRANCISCO MEIRINO "KNOWING MORE HOW THAN WHY"

Is a free download FLAC/MP3 released by the Net label Impulsive Habitat.

"Knowing more how than why" it's a sort of a "sequel" to my 2012 CD "UNDETECTED" that
was released by the japanese label OtO.

Like "Undetected", this new release is a selection of sounds extracted from my personal audio library, sounds that I have recorded sometimes at home, sometimes during my travels, from the sound of citric acid drops on electronic circuits to a late night lunch at an Osaka Okonomiyaki restorant, these sounds are untreated, exactly as they are, nothing added (excepted for a little EQ.)

FREE DOWNLAD HERE (FLAC or MP3).

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New release

FRANCISCO MEIRINO "AN EXTENDED MEANING FOR SOMETHING MEANINGLESS"

This is my new solo album, a CD released by the Canadian label Auditory Field Theory,
it comes in a letterpressed digisleeve, limited to 200 copies.

"An Extended Meaning For Something Meaningless" uncovers deep hidden contexts
from the decaying fringe of the auditory spectrum.
Here we find ornate beauty in the subtle demise of electronic systems and explore
the arcane apprehension of existential degeneration.
The recording looks at how to create something out of almost nothing
—basic field recordings, static electronics and failed tape experiments.

A 16-channel multi-track piece where reel-to-reel tapes juxtaposition with modular synths,
laced in a world of field recordings from late night Osaka to hydrophonic sewers.
Assembled in 2012 and 2013 from hours of multitrack recordings.

CD limited to 200 copies, letterpressed digisleeve : 13.- euros (shipping included).

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New reviews

I have three reviews(page scan here)in the fantastic french magazine "Revue & Corrigée":

- "An Extended Meaning For Something Meaningless".

- "Focus On Nothing On Focus"

- "Freezig The Mic"

If you read french, I highly recommend you to get this magazine, every issue is really good.

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New release

FRANCISCO MEIRINO & KIKO C. ESSEIVA "FOCUS ON NOTHING ON FOCUS"

An unique work stemming from a studio collaboration between me and Kiko C. Esseiva,
using the same source material, we have each composed one side of the LP.
Assembled in 2012 and 2013 from hours of multitrack recordings.

LP, 180gr. vinyl, limited to 300 copies, 25>28.- euros (shipping included).

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New release

FRANCISCO MEIRINO & MICHAEL ESPOSITO "THE PRESSURE OF KNOWLEDGE"

This recording, a collaboration with Michael Esposito, EVP expert, is edited from a
live collaboration done with the results of a two days EVP workshop at the
standard/deluxe art gallery in Lausanne, Switzerland. Includes part six text
"the pressure of knowledge and the gravity of ignorance" an essay by Michael Esposito.

Flexi 7' clear transparent vinyl, limited to 250 copies, 8.- euros (shipping included).

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A remix for BOLD

BOLD "fmv/shr"

BOLD is a fantastic trio - Nicolas Bernier, Erick D'Orion, Alexis Bellavance- from Canada,
I've done a remix for them, available now on their (highly recommended) new tape.

Released by E-Tron Records.

Tape, Chrome Type II, limited editon

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New solo release


Francisco Meirino Shell-shocked

This is a solo recording of computer improvisations on analogs improvisations...

Released by Noisendo, Portugal.

Cdr,limited to 100 copies, hand painted cover, 8.- euros (shipping included).

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New release


Francisco Meirino & Kikuchi Yukinori About Our Darkness

This is a collaboration with japanese sound artist Kikuchi Yukinori, we met in Nagoya during my 2012 Japan Tour, stayed in touch, and decided to make a record.
Simple & easy !

All the tracks share a common sound library provided by both artists.

track 1 : Kikuchi Yukinori "image for our darkness"
track 2 : Francisco Meirino "beyond reason"

Released by Test Tone Music, Japan.

Cdr, pro-printed cover, 12.- euros (shipping included).

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More "archives" now available on bandcamp



Some months ago I've started a bandcamp page where for only 2 euros (or more if you want to), you can download "old" phroq releases, sold out, unreleased or ultra limited discs, they are all now available in cd quality.

Today i've added three new aditions:
- "the adult crash" from 1999 one of my first releases limited to 10 at the time..
- "music for photoperformance" from 2001, my first attempt at "musique concrete" with very basic gear.
- "failures and rehearsals" an unreleased album from 2006.

Enjoy !

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Full live performance with Kasper T. Toeplitz on youtube



Another video by my pal; Michel "moju" Pennec, he uploaded my live collaboration with Kasper T. Toeplitz.
Kasper is playing his basscomputer, i'm playing home-made electronics, analog synth,
micro-cassette recorder and iPod touch with modular synth soft (jasuto) feat. an home-made patch.

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New reviews

Some new reviews of my album Untitled Phenomenas In Concrete.

More reviews on other records here.

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Full live performance with Leif Elggren on youtube



My friend, Michel "moju" Pennec, uploaded this nice video of my live collaboration with Leif Elggren at Oblo, Lausanne.
Leif is 100 % acoustic, and i'm only using build-in speakers from my tape recorder and 2 tiny mp3 speakers for my modular synth + 2 walkies talkies ! NO P.A. !

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New release


Francisco Meirino Freezing The Mic

This cdr, it's simply what its title says : a recording of freezing a microphone (hydrophone - inside a water bag).
From the liquid state to the ice state, the original recording is 3 hours long, this release presents in around 40 minutes, 4 selections : from after 20 minutes to after 180 minutes.
Nothing more, pure source recording.
Assembled and mastered at Shiver Mobile in 2012.

Released by Very Quiet Records, Uk, December 2012.

cdr in A5 carboard cover, Ltd to 50 copies. / SOLD OUT !

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A free download !


Francisco Meirino "live at S.A.D.A/Raum, Bologna"

You can download on my soundcloud page, the live (room 2.0)
recording of my live performance,
(7 channels surround : 4 speakers + 2 transducers + subwoofer)
at S.A.D.A / RAUM, Bologna, Italy on december 13 2012.

Recording by Massimo Carozzi.

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Live review

In this month's Wire.

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New release



Francisco Meirino Undetected

For this CD, I have chosen to compile a selection of sounds extracted from my personal audio library, sounds that I have recorded sometimes at home, sometimes during my travels.
I have incorporated « field recordings » in almost all of my previous works but I never had the chance to present on disc these sounds untreated, exactly as they are, nothing added.
With this CD I hope to have achieved, with the help of a carefully chosen track listing, an enjoyable listening experience.

Released by OtO records, Fukushima, Japan in November 2012.

CD in jewel case, 200 copies. / 13.- euros (shipping included).

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23.10.12 - interview

I've been interviewed by Chris Whitehead for the field reporter webzine,
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New release


Francisco Meirino Untitled Phenomenas In Concrete

Composed between 2008 and 2011, “Untitled Phenomenas In Concrete”
is a piece made out of 85 HighC/UPIC* sessions and 18 external sounds(recordings of snow falling,
bones cracking, magnetic fields and insects).
*UPIC is a computerised musical composition tool, devised by the composer Iannis Xenakis.
It consists of a digitising tablet linked to a computer, which has a vector display.

Interested by Xenakis’ approach and wanting to draw the sound before hearing it,
I spent nearly four years composing/drawing line by line “Untitled Phenomenas In Concrete”, listening
to every line, gradually adding on lines and sounds, erasing, reassembling, gathering and discreetly
weaving recorded sounds into the piece to “humanise” the whole.
As a final touch, the piece was transferred and mastered on reel-to-reel tape to add some warmth to

the cold digital processing of the UPIC.

Assembled and mastered by Francisco Meirino at Shiver Mobile, Lausanne, Switzerland, between 2008 and 2012.
Produced by cave12, Geneva. Distributed by Metamkine.

With help from la Ville de Lausanne et des affaires culturelles de l’Etat de Vaud
Cover design by Eva Rittmeyer & Xavier Robel, the CD comes in a cardboard wallet cover, with a black&white poster.

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New review (of a soon-to-be release...)

Undetected (untreated recordings from on-site testimonies archives)
FRANCISCO MEIRINO
Review by Chris Whitehead
The first release on Takanobu Hoshino’s OtO label, is quite a startling and daring launch.

The Fukushima based sound artist has chosen Francisco Meirino to kick start his new venture
with an album of stark beauty and purity. It requires a deep listening approach. I know that
term is a bit of a cliché these days, but this time I think it is truly valid. This work simply
will not reveal the truth at its core without respecting its subtlety.

As soon as 'Undetected' arrived through the post I couldn’t wait to hear it, so I slid it into
the car CD player to listen to on the half hour drive to work. For a collection as subtle and
nuanced as this, trying to appreciate the detail and peripheral disturbances involved proved
unfruitful whilst motoring. During one particularly quiet spell I forgot I had I had a CD on at
all, there was just the noise of the car’s engine until a sudden thump led me to momentarily
think the exhaust had fallen off. It was actually an unidentified loud bang recorded in Meirino’s back yard.

I would suggest that this release requires some preparation before listening. Firstly the
environment needs to be pretty silent, preferably dark to avoid visual distractions and obviously
the listener needs to be comfortable. Headphones are essential. Ideally Francisco Meirino likes
to play live in total darkness, and maybe we should follow his example. Some of the sounds
revealed here are on the very cusp of audibility, and yet they are essential to the whole.

'Undetected' presents sixteen recordings from Meirino’s archives in an unadulterated form.
They appear to be the sort of components from which he often constructs his tracks, but in
this instance no composition takes place. Like the parts of an engine laid out on a workbench,
Meirino invites us to examine these pure and unadorned sonic objects as they sit there in the cold light of day.

The first track follows a gently fizzing oscillator through its death throes. After two minutes
of undulating static the device suddenly blinks out of existence forever with an impressive
final burst. This sets the tone for what is to come: The sound of carbonic acid decomposing
in water via a hydrophone, crisp and sharp: An unknown recording from a lost archive featuring
drum rolls of charged pulses: A manhole on a construction site and strong wind on scaffolding.
Sounds that in turn explore open spaces, manmade interiors and microscopic events within circuits and machines.

Three separate pieces are concerned with ultrasonic discharges in voltage circuits captured using
electromagnetic field detectors. Like tiny stars punctuating the blackness of empty space, flickers
of electricity momentarily flare into existence, only to die away in an instant. This practice
reminds me of the Dark Matter search experiments carried out in a 1100 metre deep potash mine close
to where I live. The depth of rock cuts out cosmic rays by a factor of 1 million allowing for ultra
low background particle detection.

Two variations on the subject of falling snow (one of snow falling on a metal plate and one of it
falling onto itself) provide a physical counterpoint to the ultrasonic discharges. Similar in the
sense that they record points of sound set against a silent background, continuity is maintained.
The sequencing of these selections is important. Listening to the tracks as they occur in order
provides the best way into this secret world.

'Reel to Reel Motor and Voltage Discharges', gleaned from a tape recorder with belt and high density
ground problems, begins with high pitched crackling and a thin sustained buzz before a deep throbbing
bass sound underpins everything. Meirino’s fascination with malfunctioning machinery and failing
systems seems to bleed into everything he does.

The disc closes with a loud, multichannel examination of a hospital’s ventilation system , rattling
machine noise and churning turbines forming a deeply mechanical finale to a superb and hugely rewarding release. 'Undetected' delivers more secret pleasures with each exploration of its hidden undercurrents.

This CD is not yet available but copies are on their way... should be out there pretty soon !

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Field recording's blog update

I've updated my field recordings blog, listen to the sound of very loud rally cars in the street of Orense in Spain.

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Preview



From my forthcoming CD "Untitled Phenomena In Concrete" to be released in september on Cave12 Records,
this is one of the 85 highC/upic segments that I've draw to compose the whole piece.
More video extracts here.
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My "archives" now available on bandcamp



I've open a bandcamp account, were you can buy, for about the price of a cup of coffee
(or more if you want to show your support)the digital edition of some of my sold out releases.
So far I^ve uploaded two phroq releases. More soon.
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New solo release



"An Unnecessary Nothingness"
Francisco Meirino "An Unnecessary Nothingness"
C20 - limited edition, Dokumentarisk Agenda Records
Pro-dubbed tapes, double-sided j-card, inlays.
Price in euros, (shipping included) : 8.50 euros

This release is hard to pin down. Francsico Meirino flawlessly mixes concrete field recordings with the most abstract sounds gathered from the field recordings themselves, but also from failing electronics, magnetic fields, room acoustics, raw drones. Francisco is nothing if not a virtuoso of source material. This is a journey through a shapeless world.
label description

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New review


My latest solo album "A while & awhile" got a review by Chris Whitehead in the Field Recorder blog.

I have seen a photograph of an open case which is absolutely stuffed full of black cables and wires. Next to these is a metal box with eleven knobs on, each one turned to a different setting. At the side of this case, hanging from a drumstick projecting from the top of a reel-to-reel tape recorder, are several magnetic tape loops. These items belong to Francisco Meirino, and if ever anyone needed an illustration of what ‘A while and awhile’ might sound like, they need look no further.
Meirino seems to be using two categories of sound here: The physical ( flicking switches,  starting fans, clanking metal and generally shuffling around ), and the electrical ( low hums, sparky crackles, overloaded circuits and the sound of fingers on jack plugs ). From this palette he blends pinpoint clicks and sub-bass rumbles with everything in between and comes out with a constantly changing and evolving music of chance encounters.
The first of the nine tracks for example, unnamed except for its length of duration ( 4.51 ), begins with sounds that might be generated in one’s mouth. Spittle snaps and pops in a salivary display of crepitation.  Beneath this a deep, ominous hum takes shape and begins rising from nothing. Before long other mysterious activity, as if from far off rooms carried down ventilation shafts and bounced off walls, becomes apparent.
We’re located in a no-man’s land where it is hard to get a grasp of the location. This is certainly a physical world, but power surges and badly soldered electrical components are rendering the infrastructure dangerous. I see from his website that Meirino has a preference for performing live in absolute darkness. I can visualise the air around him igniting and glowing in iridescent flashes as charged particles collide and decay.
The term ‘glitch’ is an ugly word, and it seems to have been taken on board by a generation of electronic artists wanting to disrupt the metallic sheen of computer music with carefully placed flecks and meticulously honed cuts. Mereino’s work should not be confused with self-conscious  confections of this nature. His art paints a raw and unpolished landscape with surprises and danger at every turn.
His music explores the tension between programmable material and the potential for its failure.  Track 8 puts me inside a computer, but not in a digital way. Not in the sense of being incorporated into the programme as data like Tron. Instead I’m among the fans that cool the processor. I can hear the data transfers occurring  via the wires and I can sense the power coming in from the mains, but it’s all so poorly insulated that energy is leaking out at random points. Instability is increasing. Help!
'A while and awhile' is awash with forces and potentials pulling in all directions. Meirino has developed a purely personal way of articulating his chosen material, and in doing so has created a compelling and completely enthralling piece of work. If this becomes your introduction to this artist, as it was mine, you will want to explore more and search out further examples. Believe me, naked electricity is positively addictive.
I would like to end this review with a piece of advice: Never let Francisco Meirino rewire your house!

"A While & Awhile"
Is my latest solo album on the Russian label "*observatoire", it might at first, look like a fairly short 9 tracks ride but it immediately attracts attention and the need for concentration by alternating, with various degrees, intensity, dynamics and volume.
This assemblage of endless changes with the obvious hissing sound of reel-to-reel motors, the brutal voltage discharges of dying equipments, brings warmth and focus on the other important aspect of this detailed audio work ...
the threat of an unknown sonic language.
Assembled and mastered at Shiver Mobile in 2011-2012 with audio & visual data gathered in Switzerland & China.

cdr - limited edition of 100

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"We Are None Of Us" re-issue !


Francisco Meirino & Dave Phillips "We Are None Of Us"

This album with Dave Phillips is now available as a double LP edition.
It contains 2 additional tracks not included
on the CD (clic on the link to listen to an extract)
and comes with download card for bonus live track,
a recording of their full performance at Ertz Festival, Bera, Spain, 11 sept. 2010.

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New review


My cd with Michael Esposito, "Ghosts Of Case File 142" got a review by Jim Haynes in this months issue of the wire.

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New release


Francisco Meirino & Michael Esposito "Ghosts Of Case File 142

EVP research by Michael Esposito, Case File 142 from source recordings done
by myself at an ancient school of anatomy, now a library, in Lausanne, Switzerland 2011.

Assembled, edited and mastered by Francisco Meirino at Shiver Mobile, Nov-Dec. 2011.

CD - edition of 500, Firework Edition Records (sweden)

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BACK IN STOCK ! new solo release

"A While & Awhile"
I've got more copies of my latest solo album for sale.

cdr - limited edition of 100

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Back home from japan with a new release

"Truth is invented by liars"
Japanese label "dotsmark" has released this cd for my japan tour with dave phillips, this cd compilations includes my solo piece "le processus de la signification" (previously released on the LP "Unifying themes" and solo tracks from Dave Phillips, Rudolf Eb.er, Abisyeikah, Mass Phallocentrism Attack and a exculisve, never released before, collaboration piece between Dave Phillips and me.

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Japan tour starts this sunday

JAPAN TOUR 2012
solo sets & collaboration sets with dave phillips.

29.04.12 - Tokyo, Japan
Live @ Superdeluxe (Luff does Tokyo)
+ O'Rourke & Moslang + Kiko C. Esseiva + dp & Astro + Hijokaidan & more...

30.04.12 - Osaka, Japan
Live @ Conpass
+ Dave Phillips + Corrupted + Rudolf Eb.er + Solmania

02.05.12 - Nagoya, Japan
Live @ K.D.Japon
+ Dave Phillips

03.05.12 - Fukuoka, Japan
Live @ Art Space Tetra
+ Dave Phillips + Manscum

04.05.12 - Kyoto, Japan
Live @ Socrates
+ Dave Phillips

05.05.12 - Takasaki, Japan
Live @ Sunburst
+ Dave Phillips + Mikawa & Hiko + Govt Alpha + Fortitude + Zone Defection

06.05.12 - Toyko, Japan
Live @ Earthdom
+ Dave Phillips + Keji Haino + Rudolf Eb.er + Swarrrm
(links and details on the live performances page

Some pictures here : francisco meirino's flickr

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New solo release

"A While & Awhile"
This new solo album on the Russian label "*obs", might at first, look like a fairly short 9 tracks ride but it immediately attracts attention and the need for concentration by alternating, with various degrees, intensity, dynamics and volume.
This assemblage of endless changes with the obvious hissing sound of reel-to-reel motors, the brutal voltage discharges of dying equipments, brings warmth and focus on the other important aspect of this detailed audio work ...
the threat of an unknown sonic language.
Assembled and mastered at Shiver Mobile in 2011-2012 with audio & visual data gathered in Switzerland & China.

cdr - limited edition of 100
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New solo release


"Subjected to testing the stasis"
Lorenzo Senni's label "Presto!?" has just released a tape with two of my live performances, recorded in 2008, this two concerts were my "come back" to play analogs live sets again, after several years of computer-only live performances.

Those are room recordings of this two pretty intense sets, if you enjoy analog hiss, the rumbling of motors over metal and deep bass noise blurps, this is for you !
C40 - limited edition of 100

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Sold out !



"Transduce"
Is now sold out.

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Field recording's blog update

I've updated my field recordings blog, listen to the sound of squeaky metal between two train cars.

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New compilation release



"Darra Gappa Vol.9"
Darra Gappa is a comic book fanzine run by my buddy Kazuya Ishigami from the japanese label Neus318, he asked me to draw a comic book about my work, (my story is in english but all the rest is in japanese). Darra Gappa it's a super underground comic book, no idea what the other 4 stories are about, but there some crazy-shit drawings in there !
If you are interested in getting a copy (i have 2 for sale 5.- euros each) get in touch !
here is a preview from my 3 pages story.
The comic book comes with a cdr with several music tracks including my track "Stop That Noise!"

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I'm in the WIRE's top ten !



The Wire #335 "2011 review issue" listed in
Best 10 releases of the Year Genre Charts - Outer Limits Section ! my latest LP :
"Recordings of Voltage Errors, Magnetic Fields, On-Site Testimonies & Tape Tension"

The LP is sold out, the cdr edition is available !

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New solo release

"Known testimonies on the unknown"
is based on how you can relate, adapt and use sounds or languages of unknown places , in this case, unknown found sounds, known but forgotten sounds and field recordings of people talking a language I do not understand.

C30 - limited edition of 100 released by Musica Moderna Records, Italy

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13.10.11 - new split release

29.07.11 - new solo release



Here is my first book !
"Transduce"
is an attempt at working with words in the same way as I work with sound.
This book is based on texts extracted from my notebooks, sometimes a whole page, sometimes only a few sentences..

A 92 pages black&white book with a 35 minutes audio cdr, limited to 50 copies.

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08.08.11 - sold out



The LP edition of my latest solo album
"Recording of voltage errors..."
is SOLD OUT!
(but i've kept 10 copies to sell at my forthcoming live shows,
if you want one, there is your last chance.)
The cdr edition, released by Japanese label Neus318 is still available, copies on the release page.


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29.07.11 - new release in collaboration with jason kahn



Authorised Version
a Uk label Run by Phil Julian (Cheapmachines) just released my collaboration with the very unique Jason Kahn ! :
"Music For An Empty Cinema".
A collaborative recording made at Cinéma Oblò in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2009.

A pro CD-R, housed in a four panel card sleeve, letterpressed by Ben Owen at Middle Press, Brooklyn NY.

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28.07.11 - field recording's blog update

I've updated my field recordings blog, listen to the sound of body function (pumping my fist).

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15.06.11 - new solo release

Antifrost
a top notch Greek label (they have amazing stuff, check it out!), have started a series of pro-dubbed tape, based on voice works.
I'm the number 4 of the 1st series with my piece :

"My Voice Is Unique".
(If you buy the whole tape subscrition -HURRY !!! ONLY 2 left- you will get the previous amazing releases, tapes by Michael Esposito, Leif Elggren, Daniel Menche),
my tape is a 26 min. work based on people saying "my voice is unique", I’ve dug into these recordings, to find sounds hidden in the background, audio treasures and amplified silences, I've extracted sighs & breathings.

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08.06.11 - field recording's blog update

I've updated my field recordings blog, listen to the sound of window cleaners on a Shanghai skyscraper.

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30.04.11 - new solo release



Here an LP edition of my latest solo album
"Recording of voltage errors..."
it's released by Misanthropic Agenda in a limited LP edition of 90 copies
This is a very nice edition that will not be around for long...

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29.04.11 - new release in collaboration with lasse marhaug



US-label Misanthropic Agenda have released a collaborative vinyl single of me and my pal
Lasse Marhaug :
"Flupentixol/Lamotrigine"
this little record took us five years to make and what's jammed into 12 minutes is an album's worth of sounds.

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10.02.11 - a field recording's blog

I've started a blog, mainly about (unusual) field recordings.

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12.01.11 - sold out

my 2010 album "Anthems for unsuccessfull winners" is now sold out !

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21.12.10 - new release in collaboration with kiko c. esseiva & scillia lorage

My collaboration with friends Kiko C. Esseiva and Scillia Lorage titled "Untitled" has been released by japanese label Neus318, check it out !

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19.11.10 - new release in collaboration with brent gutzeit

My collaboration with us sound artist Brent Gutzeit
"Five years of work for a strange result"
is now available on CD with a nice digipak designed by myself, in a limited edition of 300 copies.

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01.11.10 - older stuff...

I've found some copies of my LP "Neko" (released in 1999 by swiss label Hyhat, it's limited to 200 copies, here are the last copies ! 

I've found some copies of the 2nd CD my previous lo-fi/pop band "SLOPE" (released in 1999 by swiss label Gentlemen), here are the last Copies!