Sea of swords

by xu(e)

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Sea of Swords is a project which was sparsely developed over the last 3 ys. The authors never met each other during the whole period. In a slow, waving form music turned into data and viceversa across the shores.
It is built as an exploration of possible sounds of mostly traditional instruments into and beyond their physical limitations, with negligible use of synthesizers.

It’s a further secret kept in public.


released June 15, 2014

xu: sampled acoustic instruments, fx pedals, bells, bowls, vocals
xue: sampled acoustic instruments, field recordings, DSP

Mixing and mastering: xue
Original cover picture: xue



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Xu(e) draws its fundamental inspiration from taoism, but aims to explore whatever represents a meaningful contradiction.
The duo is formed by Xu (Nicola Fornasari) + Xue (Andrea Poli). The two have not been seeing each other for some years now and have developed a kind of alchemical, asynchronous remote collaboration as a creative process, where time and space play almost no role.
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