why we love this

Piano keys fall according to a mathematical pattern buried in nature’s symmetry. The generous spaces in between notes leave plenty of room for overtones, resulting in a hallucinatory soundscape waiting to be mapped out.

about the record

Composed, played, recorded, and mixed by Rachel Langlais, Dothe is an album that revolves around two upright pianos, each tuned and played in distinct ways. Drawing inspiration from John Cage and his prepared pianos, Langlais embraces this extensive practice, altering the inherent nature of piano sounds by directly applying various materials onto the strings, including paper, metal objects, wood fragments, adhesive tape, and plastic. Enhancing her approach to the prepared piano, she incorporates diverse recording and digital processing techniques such as cutting and slowing down, resulting in Dothe becoming a contemporary experiment.

The album's title, borrowed from Ursula K. Le Guin's science-fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), refers to "dothe," a nervous hysterical strength possessed by certain inhabitants of a planet called Gethen. To complement the repetitive organic patterns that define the album, a visual universe inspired by these motifs was envisioned by graphic designer and silk-screen printer Damien Tran.

  1. 1 - De belles jours 3:23
  2. 2 - Dothe 6:11
  3. 3 - Thangen 2:27
  4. 4 - Jogging à courre 3:56
  5. 5 - Comme le canard 2:30
  6. 6 - En brasier 5:53
  7. 7 - Bal Fol 4:06
  8. 8 - Penché Percé 4:50
  9. 9 - Grandroit 5:47

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  1. 1 - De belles jours 3:23
  2. 2 - Dothe 6:11
  3. 3 - Thangen 2:27
  4. 4 - Jogging à courre 3:56
  5. 5 - Comme le canard 2:30
  6. 6 - En brasier 5:53
  7. 7 - Bal Fol 4:06
  8. 8 - Penché Percé 4:50
  9. 9 - Grandroit 5:47

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why we love this

Piano keys fall according to a mathematical pattern buried in nature’s symmetry. The generous spaces in between notes leave plenty of room for overtones, resulting in a hallucinatory soundscape waiting to be mapped out.

about the record

Composed, played, recorded, and mixed by Rachel Langlais, Dothe is an album that revolves around two upright pianos, each tuned and played in distinct ways. Drawing inspiration from John Cage and his prepared pianos, Langlais embraces this extensive practice, altering the inherent nature of piano sounds by directly applying various materials onto the strings, including paper, metal objects, wood fragments, adhesive tape, and plastic. Enhancing her approach to the prepared piano, she incorporates diverse recording and digital processing techniques such as cutting and slowing down, resulting in Dothe becoming a contemporary experiment.

The album's title, borrowed from Ursula K. Le Guin's science-fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), refers to "dothe," a nervous hysterical strength possessed by certain inhabitants of a planet called Gethen. To complement the repetitive organic patterns that define the album, a visual universe inspired by these motifs was envisioned by graphic designer and silk-screen printer Damien Tran.

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