Saxcretino (EP)

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Saxcretino EP cover by Rafael Ribeiro is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

My first solo record album features 5 tracks that soon will be available on this page for listening and at Sê-lo! Netlabel’s Bandcamp for download – you name the price.

Saxcretino is a 1.2m-long hose with a saxophone mouthpiece at one end and the upper portion of a PET bottle in the other. Saxcretino is also my alias, my way of playing the saxophone and the title of the EP.

The tracks are inspired by the human being of the present time – the way I feel, see and hear the world. More specifically, they are fragments of what I feel as a living being on tracks 2, 3 and 5 (1Ziriguid1, Comin ‘Back in 5 and Samba de Vento) and what I see and hear on tracks 1 and 4 (Da Loja pro Lixo and sofa e TV).

Without commitment to technical perfection, aesthetic purity or specific sound, the five tracks express the combination of unconventional instruments and traditional instruments of Western music in a popular language with unusual rhythmic cells. The microtonal instruments used in the recording were made by myself with household materials found in the trash, and are inspired by the non-noble instruments de-composer Anton Walter Smetak.

With unorthodox production, the project had the saxophones (tenor, alto and soprano), voices, berimbau with papier-mache gourd, microtonal wind instruments and percussion (cylindrol, saxcretinos, caboclo flutes, boréu, spring drum), my heart and my breath recorded at home. I simultaneously assumed the functions of recording technician and musician, which was only possible with the support of recent technological advances in music production. Also, I prepared the loops of traditional Brazilian percussion, electronic drum beats and base instruments with samples and MIDI. I had the local participation of Fernando Machado playing guitar in “Samba de Vento” and intercontinental participation of Nancy Viegas on vocals in “1Ziriguid1.” I used a Yamaha 25 alto sax and a Dukoff M6 mouthpiece changed with dental cement, a tenor sax Yamaha 275 with Otto Link Supertone Master no. 8 mouthpiece and a soprano sax Pierret with a Bari no. 6 mouthpiece. The sound of the heart was captured by a hybrid between stethoscope and condenser microphone designed by me to use in live performances with the internal sounds of the human body.

 Saxcretino project was created and conducted between April and May 2016, except “Coming back in 5” and “1Ziriguid1”, which were initiated in May 2015. The songs were composed, arranged and produced by me. The mixing and mastering were done at the Hidden-Cam studios (Brighton & Hove – United Kingdom) with the support of Cameron Devlin (technical) during the first week of June and finalised on August 2, 2016.

Tracks:

1- Da Loja Pro Lixo (From Shop to Trash – see English translation of all lyrics at the bottom of this page)

Lyrics:

Da loja pro lixo

Da loja pro lixo

Tem que produzir, tem que consumir

Não precisa usar, basta adquirir

Da loja pro lixo

Tem que produzir, tem que consumir

Não precisa usar, basta adquirir

Da loja pro lixo

Do lixo pro mar

Tem que produzir, tem que consumir

Não precisa usar, basta adquirir

Basta adquirir da loja pro lixo

Da loja pro lixo

Um que vai, dois que vem

Não se contenta com o que tem

E todo dia sonhos vão

Descendo o esgoto sem razão

Quase no pé da Cardeal

Eu encontrei a Beatriz

Ela me disse que comprou

As lembrancinhas de natal

Eu disse à ela – meu amor

Não sei por que cê tá feliz

Antes do fim do carnaval

A merda toda foi pro lixo

Da loja pro lixo

Do lixo pro mar

Da loja pro lixo

Entulha a casa de Yemanjá

 

English Version:

From shop to trash

Gotta produce, gotta consume

No need to use, just gotta acquire

From shop to trash

From trash to sea

Gotta produce, gotta consume

No need to use, just gotta acquire

Just gotta acquire

From shop to trash

One to go, two to come

Never happy with what you got

And every day dreams go

Down the drain without reason

Near the foot of Cardinal

I met Beatriz

She told me she’d bought

All the little Christmas gifts

I told her, sweetheart,

I don’t know why you’re happy

Before Carnaval ends

All the shit is in the bin

From shop to trash

From trash to sea

From shop to trash

Stuffing Yemanjá’s home

Andre Borges – vocal, alto saxophones, caboclo flutes, saxcretino, boréu, cylindrol, loops

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2- 1 Ziriguid1

Lyrics:

Êta mãe, que o sol vai raiar

Quem não se aguenta

Toca zabumba, cara!

1 ziriguid1, 1 talacotaco, 1 porogodó

Ecoar do ôco – quê?

Cinética do corpo- quê?

Desde o lisossomo

Pulsa! Pulsa! Pulsa!

Mostra a corneta, cara!

Quem? Eu?

Num porogodó

Eu num ziriguidum, um talacotaco, um porogodó

Êta mãe, que o sol vai raiar,

Quem não se aguenta

Giracum dó, giracum dê

 

English version:

Whoa, mom, the sun will rise

Who can’t stand it?

Play the zabumba, man!

A ziriguidum, a talacotaco, a porogodó

It echoes from the hollow – what?

Kinectics of the body – what?

From the lysosome

Pulsing! Pulsing! Pulsing!

Show us the horn, man!

Who? Me?

In a porogodó

I’m in a ziriguidum, a talacotaco a porogodó

Whoa, mom, the sun will rise

Who can’t stand it?

Andre Borges – vocal, alto and soprano saxophones, caboclo flutes, saxcretino, boréu

Nancy Viegas – vocals

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3- Comin’ Back in 5

Andre Borges – alto saxophones, flautas caboclo, cylindrol, loops and MIDIs

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4- Sofá e TV

Lyrics:

O índio passa de mendigo

Preto passa de ladrão

Do turista da favela

Panelaço na mansão

Do pastor que é deputado

Na lavagem de milhão

Índio, bicha, preto e pobre

Passa na subversão

Banalizada, quebrada

Sofá e TV desde colo

Moldando a sua covardia

Empresário sucedido

Não pega fila do pão

Banaliza na quebrada

Igualdade e liberdade só na constituição

Empresário sucedido não pega fila do pão

Documento adulterado, CPF, certidão

Segurança, motorista, cachorro com depressão

Dá mesada pro juiz, dá banana pro leão

Sofá e TV desde colo

Moldando a sua covardia

Banalizada, quebrada

Banalizada, banalizada

 

English Version:

The indian doubles as a tramp

Black doubles as a thief

From the tourist in the favela,

Hitting cooking pots in mansions

The pastor congressman laundering millions

Indian, fagot, black and poor

Only seen as subversion

Trivialized, broken

Sofa and TV from the cradle

Shaping your cowardice

Successful businessman

Do not queue for the breadline

Trivialized, broken

Equality and freedom only in the constitution

Successful businessman do not queue for the breadline

Falsified document, CPF, birth certificate

Security, driver, guard dog with depression

Gives allowance to a judge, gives banana to the lion

Sofa and TV from the cradle

Shaping your cowardice

Trivialized, broken

Trivialized, trivialized

Andre Borges – vocals, tenor and alto saxophones, berimbau, saxcretino, boréu, loops and MIDIs

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5- Samba de Vento (Wind Samba)

 

Andre Borges – tenor and soprano saxophones, caboclo flutes, saxcretino, boréu, cylindrol, loops and MIDIs

Fernando Machado – acoustic guitar

Lyrics – English Version:

From Shop To Trash

From shop to trash

Gotta produce, gotta consume

No need to use, just gotta acquire

From shop to trash

From trash to sea

Gotta produce, gotta consume

No need to use, just gotta acquire

Just gotta acquire

From shop to trash

One to go, two to come

Never happy with what you got

And every day dreams go

Down the drain without reason

Near the foot of Cardinal

I met Beatriz

She told me she’d bought

All the little Christmas gifts

I told her, sweetheart,

I don’t know why you’re happy

Before Carnaval ends

All the shit is in the bin

From shop to trash

From trash to sea

From shop to trash

Stuffing Yemanjá’s home

—————–

1 Ziriguidum

Whoa, mom, the sun will rise

Who can’t stand it?

Play the zabumba, man!

A ziriguidum, a talacotaco, a porogodó

It echoes from the hollow – what?

Kinectics of the body – what?

From the lysosome

Pulsing! Pulsing! Pulsing!

Show us the horn, man!

Who? Me?

In a porogodó

I’m in a ziriguidum, a talacotaco a porogodó

Whoa, mom, the sun will rise

Who can’t stand it?

Giracumdó, giracumdê

———————

Sofa and TV

The indian doubles as a tramp

Black doubles as a thief

From the tourist in the favela,

Hitting cooking pots in mansions

The pastor congressman laundering millions

Indian, fagot, black and poor

Only seen as subversion

Trivialized, broken

Sofa and TV from the cradle

Shaping your cowardice

Successful businessman

Do not queue for the breadline

Trivialized, broken

Equality and freedom only in the constitution

Successful businessman do not queue for the breadline

Falsified document, CPF, birth certificate

Security, driver, guard dog with depression

Gives allowance to a judge, gives banana to the lion

Sofa and TV from the cradle

Shaping your cowardice

Trivialized, broken

Trivialized, trivialized