Gruff Sequences for Dancefloor

by Auspicious Family

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  • Auspicious Family - Gruff Sequences for Dancefloor
    Cassette + Digital Album

    Artist: Auspicious Family
    Album: Gruff Sequences for Dancefloor
    Format: Cassette / Digital
    Cat.No: CHI009
    Release Date: 26 October 2018

    The album’s eight tracks present a soundscape of tumbling percussion, breathy vocals and a lush sheen of melody. Sonic layering creates an eerie wasteland of hisses, slaps and whipcracks; disjointed ballroom dance tempos mix with droning rhythms.

    Field recordings from Manila are mixed into the album, which aims to explore the tensions between tempo and arrangement.

    “Manila has a serious problem with noise pollution,” says Auspicious Family’s Fred Sandoval. “You could almost argue that we here have a culture that races towards deafness. A large quantity of sounds are mechanical; the cavernous drone of a basement generator or the distress of an antiquated plumbing system.”

    For Sandoval, part of this nostalgia can be traced back to discovering records as a child at his anaesthesiologist grandfather’s house the mountain province of Baguio, far north of Manila.

    His grandfather’s collection, which included both American and Filipino records, had a psychedelic eclecticism which inspired this album. “My favourite recording from that collection is a 33RPM advisory on the administration of anaesthetics and psychoactive drugs pressed on pulp,” says Sandoval.

    Sandoval is ambivalent about Manila’s current music scene. “I believe that there is a prevailing aversion to individuality and the unfamiliar in Filipino culture from centuries of indoctrination. This I think has also resulted in the loss and revision of our own history,” he says.

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    AUSPICIOUS FAMILY (Manila/Philippines)
    Based in Manila, Auspicious Family is Fred Sandoval, a Filipino-Chinese aural & visual collagist. Though an experienced multi-instrumentalist, he primarily employs sampling and analogue synthesis to reinterpret the motifs and musical underpinnings of various cultures across the globe. His previous releases are Machinations (2017) and 吉利 / Series (2015).

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Chinabot is pleased to announce Gruff Sequences for Dancefloor, our first release from the Manila-based musician Auspicious Family.

The album’s eight tracks present a soundscape of tumbling percussion, breathy vocals and a lush sheen of melody. Sonic layering creates an eerie wasteland of hisses, slaps and whipcracks; disjointed ballroom dance tempos mix with droning rhythms.

Field recordings from Manila are mixed into the album, which aims to explore the tensions between tempo and arrangement.

“Manila has a serious problem with noise pollution,” says Auspicious Family’s Fred Sandoval. “You could almost argue that we here have a culture that races towards deafness. A large quantity of sounds are mechanical; the cavernous drone of a basement generator or the distress of an antiquated plumbing system.”

For Sandoval, part of this nostalgia can be traced back to discovering records as a child at his anaesthesiologist grandfather’s house the mountain province of Baguio, far north of Manila.

His grandfather’s collection, which included both American and Filipino records, had a psychedelic eclecticism which inspired this album. “My favourite recording from that collection is a 33RPM advisory on the administration of anaesthetics and psychoactive drugs pressed on pulp,” says Sandoval.

Sandoval is ambivalent about Manila’s current music scene. “I believe that there is a prevailing aversion to individuality and the unfamiliar in Filipino culture from centuries of indoctrination. This I think has also resulted in the loss and revision of our own history,” he says.


About the artist
Based in Manila, Auspicious Family is Fred Sandoval, a Filipino-Chinese aural & visual collagist. Though an experienced multi-instrumentalist, he primarily employs sampling and analogue synthesis to reinterpret the motifs and musical underpinnings of various cultures across the globe. His previous releases are Machinations (2017) and 吉利 / Series (2015).

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released September 26, 2018

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