Evol, Punani Series Live
Roc Jimenez de Cisneros
Evol is a computer music unit formed in 1996 by Roc Jimenez de Cisneros and Anna Ramos in Barcelona. Their recordings and performances explore the many sides of digital noise and algorithmic composition. Harsh and bloody trips along the most extreme path of computer music, putting together sonic brutality, crazy algebra, fractal structures and a slight ironic touch.
Evol's musical outcome has been featured in top record labels such as Mego (Austria), Fals.ch (Austria), Scarcelight Recordings (USA), Diskono (UK), Antifrost (Greece), Lucky Kitchen (USA-Spain) and their own home label, Alku. The Barcelona duo has played in festivals, museums, galleries and club events all over Europe and the United States.
"Magia Potagia", their latest record for the Vienna-based label Mego, is a document of the work Evol have been doing within the field of algorithmic composition for the past three years. It features three tracks from two different periods, all of them 100% computer- generated and almost no edited at all, to preserve their fractal nature. The first track, "Punani Potagia", is part of their acclaimed Punani series, which is now the central part of their work. The next chapter of this series (to be published in US label Scarcelight) will feature a rendering from Casey Reas "Hairy Red" in the cover.
"Punani Series Live" is a series of live performances of generative audio (using Pure Data, Max/MSP and custom software) for two computers, where Evol experiment even further in their self-similar generative Punani pieces. The results of these unpredictable performances is usually recorded to eventually become part of the Punani CDs.