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  • Audio CD (20 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B0000666AI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

From the recent Tango infused beats of The Gotan Project to Chile's deep techno pioneers Ojo De Apolo, the music of South America has been slowly creeping into the public area in recent days.

One thing that were particularly glad to see down South is the recent exposure of Mexican record labels like Mil, Static Discos and The Nortec Collective, who are showing that even Mexico can compete with the rampaging electronic music hordes who currentlydominate the US and European music scenes.

Originally a part of Tijuana's noteworthy Nortec Collective, Fernando Corona has splintered off recently to record his own music under the Murcof moniker. Having gained our attention with an excellent 4 track EP on San Francisco's Context Free Media label last year (three of those tracks appear here as well), Tony Morley's Leaf label has seen fit to release a full length of his work here in the UK.

Taking a page out of the minimal electronic music book penned by labels like ~scape, Chain Reaction and Context Free Media, Corona has pieced together a fantastic collage of micro-house with classical overtones that are both harmonious and otherworldly. Whereas some electronic artists flirt with classical music in their own compositions, such as Aphex Twin, Sun Electric or Ulrich Schnauss, this my friends, is the real deal.

Check the brilliant mix of plucked strings and Korg organ pad on "Mir" for example - each painstakingly edited together like the accents on a score of parchment; or the sense of dread that sneaks up on you in "Mo". The sense of mix placement and space is fantastic - alternating textures of lush ambience and cold minimalism that tickle the ear on headphones and embraces the body on a speaker system.

Corona not only has a great sense of melody but seems to have a real understanding of how traditional instruments can retain their beauty within the cold, harsh world of electronic music. Check out the layered mix on "Mum" where he pieces together ambient piano, strings, a solo female vocalist and some grinding electronics that all sit perfectly on top of a beat that wouldn't be out of place on a Pole CD, or Wagon Christ's work on Rising High.

For those seeking a unique take on classical music or for adventurous DJs out there who are looking to spice up their mix with something truly special, Martes should be an essential purchase.

An absolutely wonderful and highly original work. --Olli Siebelt

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"a melancholy minimal electronic sputter that unites Krautwibble and icy avant-classical symphonics in the depths of its sophisticated design." -- NME

"deftly twisted alien soundscapes and rich, heart-stirring melodies...more than a little bit special." -- DJ Mgazine, May 2002

"one of the most astounding albums we've heard all year." 10/10 -- absorb.org, April 2002

"spartan yet panoramic, mixing clipped mechanoid beats with pizzicato strings and portent-laden orchestral stabs" 4/5 -- Muzik

"the definitive marriage of electronic minimalism and orchestral... simply jaw dropping. Absolutely essential!" 5/5 -- Echoes

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Fernando Corona first got noticed with his debut Murcof EP, Monotónu, released earlier this year on San Francisco based label Context. Hailing from Tijuana, in Mexico, Corona has worked on a variety of projects in his native town, including some time spent on composing for dance formations. This lead him to broaden his musical horizon, notably developing an interest in contemporary classic composers such as Arvo Pärt or Henryk Gorecki. Corona has also be an integrant part of the Nortec Collective of electronic musicians and artists, releasing music as Terrestre. Martes is his first album as Murcof.
Martes mixes arid micro beats and electronic noises with beautiful atmospheric soundscapes to create a unique piece of highly emotional and textural music. Corona manipulates his delicate constructions with expertise, slowly introducing layer after layer of sounds to slowly build intense patterns where intricate melodies flourish freely. Despite Memoria being strangely reminiscent of Polygon Window's eponymous track, Corona establishes very little connections with the existing electronic scene, concentrating instead on developing his own rules. Strings, pianos and woods are fully integrated with the more electronic sounds, giving each track incredible consistency and evocative power. Again, when he introduces human voice, as on the stunning Mapa, Mir or the moving Muim, he works at creating symbiotic environments to the point where it becomes difficult to dissociate reality from synthesis. Muim, perhaps more than any other track on this album sums up the Murcof equation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Quinn on 16 May 2005
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'Martes' is one of the most original and successful musical experiments you're likely to hear. Any description of it - such as 'glitchy minimal techno meets classical' - is going to make it sound gimmicky and contrived, but it's actually very natural-sounding and genuinely emotional.
I could point to bits of it that sound like Aphex Twin, Cinematic Orchestra, any of Murcof's microhouse contemporaries such as Geeez 'n' Gosh or Andreas Tilliander, even Arvo Pärt or Jan Garbarek. But I won't, because any of that is likely to alienate someone, and all of it gives a false impression of the effect this record has.
You'll have to listen for yourself, but if you're looking for an electronic/acoustic hybrid with sumptuous but refreshingly different textures, subdued yet highly sophisticated drum programming, and an enveloping sense of space, you won't be disappointed with 'Martes'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Roberts on 26 Aug. 2008
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This is brilliant! Glitchy yet so atmospheric, cold yet so warm, its the perfect example of opposites sounding beautiful.
The way he uses modern electronic beats, (some of the most outthere i have ever heard) with acoustic and orchestral sounds is simply wonderful, it works so well, i can't plug this album enough.
Buy now to experience something different and a million times better than most drivel we hear in music today.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Timberlake on 1 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
As someone who is constantly exploring new electronic music, I am totally blown away by this.
For me, the equation that sums up fantastic music is beauty + accessability + originality + longevity. This release is hugely enjoyable on the first listen, and while for much music this appeal rapidly wears of, this is not true of Murcof.
If you want music of absolute beauty that combines tradition with the future, then you need look no further than this.
Stunning.
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