João Clemente – Moan
Rather dark tones dominate João Clemente’s latest work “Moan” that is centred around slowly floating piano chords and uses sound collages as contrasting elements. From white noise to complete silence stretches the dynamic range the composer is utilising to paint his sombre acoustic scenery. Much like the sudden changes between collage and piano parts, the inner world of an isolated individual seems to be contrasted with the perception of a threatening world outside. As the work progresses, these borders are increasingly blurred with a shift from melancholy to a subtile tension fueled by chromatic figures and diminished chords with unresolved dissonances until a saturated drone loop eventually fades into the scraping noise of a worn out vinyl record.