Thursday 3 March 2016, 8pm

Discrepant presents: Mike Cooper + Tiago Sousa + Gonçalo F Cardoso & Ruben Pater

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- Gonçalo F Cardoso & Ruben Pater ''A Study into 21st Century Acoustics'' Audiovisual presentation

- Tiago Sousa - Solo Piano Set

- Mike Cooper - Ambient Electronic Exotica set


For the past 50 years Mike Cooper has been an international musical explorer pushing the boundaries of his music touching blues, folk and experimental soundscapes.

On this instance he will be bringing his Ambient Exotica sound to Cafe Oto celebrating the re- release of his album Kiribati. Played on lap steel, electronics, prepared guitar, sampler, live environmental recordings and electronic percussion, Kiribati was (and is) dedicated to the people and islands of Kiribati. A group of islands slowly sinking into the Pacific Ocean. Although the palm trees are often 25 metres high, the islands themselves, made from gravel and sand, are only 4 or 5 metres above sea level and a rise in sea levels of just 15 centimetres, as has happened over the past 100 years due to global warming, is a disaster.


Much of the discussion around unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) is directed towards its capabilities of surveillance and attack. Less known, is that for those living in areas of conflict, the engine sound of the drones has devastating psychological effects. Military drones fly at high altitudes and are more easily heard than seen. Even the origin of the word ‘drone’ is rooted in sound and comes from the sound of the male honeybee. The sound of drones in areas of conflict create soundscapes of terror that can go on for many hours. The buzzing of the engines have generated nicknames like ‘zanana’ in Palestine, and ‘bangana’ in Pakistan.

A Study into 21st Century Drone Acoustics is an auditive investigation by composer Gonçalo F. Cardoso (Discrepant) and designer Ruben Pater (Drone Survival Guide). What kind of engines are drones equipped with? What do they sound like? What are the psychological effects of the sounds in areas of conflict? This audio visual presentation will be based around the field recordings of 17 drone types, ranging from small consumer drones to large military drones.


Pianist and composer Tiago Sousa has become, in the last six or seven years, one of the most interesting and intriguing Portuguese musicians. Tiago’s first solo release, Crepúsculo (2006) paved the way for an intuitive approach to composition whose evolution was dazzling: after Noite/Nuit (2007), a collaboration effort with French artist Sandra Reignoux, The Western Lands (2008), composed after William S. Burroughs’ homonymous novel, signalled Tiago’s first foray into a conceptual sphere that has been one of his trademarks ever-since. 2011 opened-up yet more possibilities: Tiago co-founded the Pão trio, alongside experimental and improvised music key-figures Travassos and Pedro Sousa, and toured extensively promoting Walden Pond’s Monk, his second conceptual work, inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s writings. Released by the American label Immune Recordings,  this album signalled Tiago’s exceptional and unique take on a neo-classical vision that took his music further close to the paths opened up by Satie or Debussy. With a brand new album on Discrepant, Tiago brings his neo-classical piano compositions to Cafe Oto.