Angel RadaAngel Rada
La Habana, Cuba
New Age Music, Electronic music,[Ethnosonic music]
Angel Rada was born in October 9th 1948 during a flight (Linea Aeropostal) between Tampa, Florida, and La Habana, Cuba, but he is Venezuelan, son of Venezuelan folks, because the airplane was from Venezuela. He went to Munich Germany soon after, which is where he got his postgrade in Music. He released 22 CDs in South America. He started forming the new Ethnosonic music in 1981. This music genre was a mixture of Earth sounds and electronics. David Copperfield the ilusionist, used Rada’s music in his world tour Shows in 1995. Many film producers have made requests for him to make music for films such as The Matrix, Huyendo del sismo produced by Alejandro Plascencia and the Betty Kaplan’s film “Simón Bolívar“. The magazine, “El Nacional” had an article stating that he was the pioneer of the Ethnosonic Dawn ethnosonic music. In 2001, many of his songs reached the No. 1 point in the music Top 40 Chart of South America. Angel created the ethnosonics music, this music is the mix between any ethnics music and electronics, could be since prehistoric rhythm till the most modern music in world, the ethnosonics music use some minimalism structures, some abstract patterns from serialism or dodecaphonism, in this music some ambients elements could be use as the whales songs or the amazonian birds sings or the aborigins, all types of instrumental equipment from electronica could be use and mix with natural musical instruments , but the rules is Synthesizer and sampler must sound naturals…the first Cd was Ethnosonics impressions (Impresiones etnosonicas) in 1991, it was released by URANIUN RECORDS it was performed by Angel Rada.
The ethnosonic Dawn
Angel Rada began to study music with his Uncle Gustavo Requiz Fernandez, the master and director of the orchestra Banda municipal de Caracas en Venezuela, his Uncle each Thursday teach him theory and solfeggio, after angel went to Music School ” Jose Angel Lamas” to end in the Friederrienne Universitat in Germany, where he has received his degree. Rada was impressed about German electronic music (krautrock) whe he was visiting Kling Klang studio, where Kraftwerk was recording his music, there he knew Klaus Schulze, his master in electronic music, then UPADESA ideas was becoming true and the opera prima as said Cesar prozag, journalist from Brazil. Angel went back to Venezuela in 1980 to record Upadesa, one of the most relevant music besides Autana of Miguel Angel Noya, the meeting between Angel Rada and Miguel Noya will produce the most amazing music in Venezuelan stages, different in context and concepts but both masterworks open the door to others electronic musicians. Angel Rada created his own Record Label,URANIUN RECORDS, one of the Indie record Label of Venezuela, he began with the home studio and the midi technics in Venezuela. It was very difficult to Angel Rada to be admited in stages, many people didn’t accept his proposal, because it was not commercial for producers and A&R peoples, only some archie or monkees music was playing by Venezuelan bands…it was 1981. In 1982 Rada has released another Album , the double album “Viveka” more experimental than Upadesa, this album became the Record of the week in Mexico and make Rada played in The buddokan in Tokyo Japan, the mos prestigious festival of spring “the original concert” sponsored by Yamaha. Rada released another record called Concert Solar for Bhagavan [, the proposal of a pre-ethnosonic music project, here began the minimalism to mark Rada’s music and some elements of ambient music. In 1984 there another double album, ” Armaggedon and the third wave revolution”, it was inspired in the book “the Third wave ” written by Alvin Toffler, using some new ideas of Fritjof Capra, Rada created the most beautiful Aria based in the opera Alexander Nesky de Sergei Prokofiev, but the ethnosonic elements was not defined yet. This double album has many pictures behind the Berlin wall, and it was released through the black market in the Soviet union, right now it’s a rare collection work. in 1985 “contuinuum” is released and the ethnosonic music is on the way to reveal new textures in Rada’s music. Finally for 1990 “ethnosonic impressions” was released, the music in Venezuela was changing to electronic trends, the Rada concerts were amazing, with all laser shows and quadraphonic sound … the vanguard until now in Venezuela was a 60’s music or Disco music.
Trascendelia Music and NU WAVE
Rada in Black and White
In 1991 Lyrics the Venezuelan Record Label sign Angel Rada for more than 5 years, they released a new Cd called “Imperials paths to the raising sun” , this did that Angel Rada goes outside of Venezuela, dos speacials shows in Venezuelan TV, “Venezolana de Television”, Lasertronik and abisal whisperings marked the new ethnosonic music at world stages. The journals el Nacional and El Universal consider Angel Rada the pioneer of the electronic music and Venezuela besides a Miguel Angel Noya, but Rada went into another space: the ethnosonic music, the new CD was “Imperials path to the rising Sun” followed by Novilunium : one of the most relevant, 1991 Margarita Dàmico, an art journalist of El Nacional proposed a gallery expo with Victor Lucena. Asdrubal Colmenares, Michelle Dì Lalla and Angel Rada, the expo called “Umbrales Etnosonicos” in the Astrid Paredes Gallery, today disappeared it. In 1993 the Venezuelan record label released “Solaris” a great hits of all Vynil records of Rada, but in this project showed two beautiful themes: Primitive ecctasis and Cosmic whales, the first time that Rada add the songs of the humpback whale in a concert: also the Kali Dance used by David Copperfield show tour, meanwhile Rada was preparing the most ambitious project, the investigation of the Amazonian aborigen, the yanoammas: sons of the moon, it shows the most extraordinare music showing an old culture, their rituals and songs..this project was called “Biosonic woods” (maderas biosonicas). Margarita D’amico wrote about the project and the research was done in I.V.I.C (Scientific research Venezuelan institute) Instituto Venezolano de investigaciones cientificas, where she was using and electronic microscope to get some pictures of a very old tree “kiyayukuri“. all frequencies of the electronic microscope was used to do the bioloops , after Rada was using the sampler keyboard from roland to feed the sounds for this project.
The Deep Abyss
After the Cd Biosonic Woods releasing, maderas biosonicas, Angel Rada go into a new submarine world, The ABYSS ZONE to look for the Bassogigas profundissimus, a fish that live in Marianna abyss nearby Mariana Islands , this journey in a batiscaph with some National Geographic Society members gave the ideas for a new CD “ABYSAL WHISPERINGS” (Susurros Abisales) where Rada use some new technics of sampling, this CD had a special TV program released by Venezolana de Television Channel 8 in Venezuela, the producer named Numa Roades did “In Concert” (En Concierto) an alive experience with Angel Rada using a Blue Screen like the cinema or video effect, before than others that was using it, for use a 3-D stage with submarine scenes and stereo sound. The sound engineering used some new format to record and to mix this CD, one of the most experimental in the New Age music. In the meantime,Angel Rada is studying the posibilities to do an Antology of the earlier works, but Lyric was requesting him anew project with new technology as the sampler keyboards and the protools technnics,the proposal of Rada was the transpersonal psychology and his relation with Ken Wilber and another psychologists and mind freaks,oneof the ken wilber book that have impressed to Rada was “EYE to EYE”, the concept of three eyes of mind was a revolution in Psychology in 1994-1995, form this ideas Angel Rada produce a new CD “Trascendelia“, using the 3 levels of conciousness of the theory of Ken Wilber.Angel Rada exposed in this CD, all theories about conciousness and altered states of mind. Angel Rada was researching about Samadhi and satori, two exceptional ecctasis from yoga and buddhism Zen philosophy.
THE MUDSLIDE DARKEST PROJECT
In 1999 Venzuela suffered the most relevant tragedy and the most relevant political change, Angel Rada was working in a new project called “the Golden Flame“, when began a rain period too heavy and continously, Angel Rada was living in Macuto, Vargas ,Venezuela when was ocurring this big mudslide tragedy where more than 100.000 peoples lost their lives, Angel Rada lost his home, his keyboards, all his recording studio, he was homeless, meanwhile Hugo Chavez Frias became president of Venezuela, the Golden Flame was a tribute to all people of Vargas and the most beautiful concert “America Cristo Mio”, a recording of all sounds of that days. In this period it was to heavy for artists, because it was a coup d’ètat and a general strike , nobody works, all music industry was stopped … The golden Flame was standstill in the stores … Eurock gave a big support for this CD in 2002 … Angel Rada rose up again. Rada understand a new significant on his Art, the simplicity and few tools to proposal a new step in his music, then he began to write the most recent project, with the idea to be acoustically and virtual, the AVR MUSIC venezuelan record label requested him an Unplugged CD. Rada gave them “The Amazonia Rain: the virtual unplugged”, one of the best Cd produced in Venezuela … it became in 2006 the most renewal reference for all southamerican musicians. It was first time Rada played with others musicians and used another Recording technics with the help of his Sound Engineer, Karen Gonzales, she produced the recording session sound in The Golden Flame and Amazonia Rain. Rada, this time use the external loudspearkers of a Yamaha PSR 740 and Leonardo 8600 synths to take the sound for the project using air pressure to produce a rich sound with too many harmonics to get a virtual unplugged sound, rich acoustically. Electronic music became more natural and less cold. Also Rada and Karen used the wall of sound proposed by the sound engineer Phil Spector to recreate a new version of High hopes of the original song of Pink Floyd. Sting influences was presented in the song “Desert Rose” recreated virtually and acoustically. Roundabout a classical song of the symphonic Rock Band “Yes” to give some density and heavynees to project. In June 2005 Angel suffered a Heart stroke that keep him in the hospital more or less 15 days, then a new project is on the way..the performance Roof Art and the next step for a new CD. At last Amazonia Rain was released in November 2005. One of the best ethnosonic blues played by Eduardo Soto in hering Harmonica and Angel Rada, also the song “Nostalgia” the most beautiful Venezuelan waltz played by them, one used a transversi flute and Angel Rada played the Leonardo 8600 using the loudspeaker of Marshall Amplifier. The most relevant guitar riff was played by Karen Gonzales in the song “Plasma Light”, all these songs are including in the CD “Amazonia Rain: The Virtual Unplugged”, but the song “amazonia Rain” have many Jimmy Hendrix elements and structures of his song “Hey Joe” . The next release of Angel Rada for 2006 was “Neuronal Connections project”, a diferent Sound View with a wide landscape of analogical and digital process including new technics.
AWARDS AND REVIEWS
2005 International Review awards : The song “TAKE ME DOWN” sing by DHARMAKALI, Angel Rada’s wife received the following awards: Image File history File links Neuronalconnections. … Image File history File links Neuronalconnections. …
Track of the Day on 20Aug2005 in Electronic Best Female Vocals in Electronic, week of 15Aug2005 Best Female Vocals in Electronic, week of 22Aug2005 Best Female Vocals in Electronic, week of 29Aug2005 Best Female Vocals in Electronic, week of 5Sep2005 Best Female Vocals in Electronic, week of 12Sep2005 Best Keyboards in Electronic, week of 5Sep2005 Best Keyboards in Electronic, week of 19Sep2005 Best Production in Electronic, week of 15Aug2005 Best Production in Electronic, week of 5Sep2005 Best Lyrics in Electronic, week of 15Aug2005 Best Melody in Electronic, week of 15Aug2005 Best Mood in Electronic, week of 15Aug2005 Best Mood in Electronic, week of 22Aug2005 Best Mood in Electronic, week of 12Sep2005 Best Mood in Electronic, week of 19Sep2005 Chill-Out Track in Electronic, week of 12Sep2005
An excellent piece of work. The Jazz/blues groove throughout was beautiful and haunting, its the type of song that goes straight to the gut and holds on. Your lead vocalist has a beautiful voice, perfectly suited for this type of music. I would have like to hear just a little more clarity in the lyrics, but only if the song was intended to be used as a main lead tune on an album. As a background song on a film it suits well for staying in the background and not interrupting dialog. Maybe a little more modulation towards the end, i.e. take her up an octave for the last minute of the song where there really aren’t any lyrics, accentuate the mellow depression and give it a frantic feel. (just a possibility, and opinion only) The keyboards were perfect. I loved the haunt that they added to the back end, the slow flanger (I think thats the name) worked well. If there was anything missing at all, it might be a small organ or grand piano solo in that last minute, maybe take the main melody and twin with the vocals, bring it down at the end with some nice Jazz minor chords. (again, opinion only) Overall production was beautifull, classy, and just…choice. again the only thing I didn’t like was the last minute and a half of groove. Take the last minute and rip it up, have some fun with it, you’ve got the skills for it. Run with it. Review by Micras
The song “KAMIKAZE” was awarded with the following awards : Best Keyboards in Electronica, week of 10Oct2005 Best Keyboards in Electronica, week of 17Oct2005 Best Programming in Electronica, week of 10Oct2005 Best Programming in Electronica, week of 17Oct2005 Best Programming in Electronica, week of 24Oct2005 Best Programming in Electronica, week of 31Oct2005 Best Production in Electronica, week of 10Oct2005 Best Production in Electronica, week of 17Oct2005 Best Production in Electronica, week of 24Oct2005 Best Beat in Electronica, week of 17Oct2005 Most Original in Electronica, week of 7Nov2005
Hey this is a cool experiemental work. I enjoyed this. This has a sci. fi. sound quality. Love that. The half of the track had wild and unusual experiemental sound effects. Then the rest of the track switched to great techno danceable sound effects with great drum beat, tempo, and all. I can dance into this. It is indeed interesting that you started out with odd experiemental sounds that are not made to dance into then switched into the sounds that turned out techno for dancing. The keyboards sound fantastic. I can tell you know what keys to use and how to put them all together. Very poppy and bouncy. This work reminds me of a disbanded techno British band Shamen. Great work. Keep it up!
That sound in the beginning is very cool. You know, the one that’s under that crazy voice clip….I’m already impressed with the production and the chord choice. Enter the drumkit: HELL YEAH. Gotta tell ya, though, I’m not really a huge fan of the female vocs at that part. Hope that beat comes back. I really like the diversity of this piece. You get presented with the song and see “7:11” for length and you’re like “awwww. another long one.” This is by no means boring. That voice clip that brought in the song is cool for the beginning, but I think it’s a little over used in the piece. (a little.) I wish I had the equipment to do this…. WOW this really gets fun toward the end. Didn’t expect to go the trance way here, but it’s well done. I sure would have liked to hear more of that live kit drumtrack, though. Well, it’s over and I’m glad I heard it. It’s well produced (even those vocs I didn’t really like) and the overall music is diverse and well developed. Well done all around. Thanks Reviewed by Dj Wild Poet
The song “TURNING ON YOUR MIND” won the following International awards:
Best Programming in Electronic, week of 12Dec2005 Best Melody in Electronic, week of 21Mar2005 Best Beat in Electronic, week of 19Dec2005 Best Beat in Electronic, week of 9Jan2006
Intense, dancy, cinema graphic! Explosive, dynamic, crunchy, electro master! The Labrador is monstrous, it’s uncanny, and it’s insane. We open this mighty, weaving beast with what sounds like the devil himself greeting us; be told in the mighty vice. He mumbles to us all as if he wants to take us in for dinner. The ever unfolding electronic beat is equally impressive. These wicked samples of voices in the backdrop works with splendor! I just love the part where someone hollers out “shake that ass! Ooh ya baby! And all the while as the preceding is a more dangerous, explosive electronic addition to this monstrous madness. Fanatical in height, stellar in its seducing core, electro work in the lore! Then to make matters even more kick ass the devil re-enters the glory, with a unrelenting, ever, forever powerful trance; he says something; oh I don’t know what he is saying, but it is oh so sweet, it’s wicked. We then pick the pace right back up, in army flight! As for the overall mix it just kicks major ass. It does make me reminiscent the mortal combat music, but this stuff is oh so much sweeter; it’s stellar by the boulder. Boy it is wacky, it’s crazy. It is so energetic it makes me think that I am the great one, who is destined for greatness, but yet all along my path hideous monsters await to challenge me. And sometimes they want to run forth towards me and chew my brains to bits. And so these monsters certainly seem ready to consume me with all the delight of mankind! What a beautiful world we live in hey, yet we chew it up every day! Towards the end the tune gets a little jazzy, not an ending I would have expected, very surprising, experimental! I like surprises and surprises are good! A mesmerizing, uncanny adventure, oh and don’t forget to flush those 7 gallons of water down the toilet. He he he! Great composition man, men, who ever you are, and keep up with this grand slender idea! As for clear cut answers, the keys, seduce me, the arrangement brings forth hunger to my eyes, and this rapturous mix unravels my brain into a pool of steamy spaghetti sauce! The beefy eatery, in the wine; I simply love this music, so much so that if it was in my bowl, I would devour it whole,. Shall we dance, dance in the corridors of hell! Reviewed by PHDARK
ANGEL RADA CONCERTS:
International Original Concert Buddokan Tokyo Japan.
Palacio del Artista Madrid Spain.
Teatro Manuel de Falla Granada Spain.
Cuevas de Málaga Málaga España.
Aula Magna Universidad Central de Venezuela Caracas Venezuela.
Lasertronik Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos
Rómulo Gallegos Caracas Venezuela.
Marquee Club London United Kingdom.
Primer Festival de música Electrónica CELARG Caracas Venezuela.
Alianza Francesa Caracas Venezuela.
Electric Circus New York U.S.A.
Fillmore East San Francisco U.S.A.
Teatro Manuel de Falla Granada Spain.
Carmen Blanco Sacro monte Granada Spain.
Jardines del Generalife La Alambra Granada Spain.
Festival de Música Electrónica San Sebastián Spain.
Chapelle de la Sarpetriere Paris France.
Blow Up Munich Alemania.
Odeon Theater Londres United Kingdom.
Ateneo Alejandro Caturla La Habana Cuba.
Teatro Nacional Buenos Aires Argentina.
BAROCK Buenos Aires Argentina.
Segundo y Tercer Festival de música Electrónica CELARG Caracas Venezuela.
Rainbow Theater Londres UK.
Museo Pompidou Paris Francia.
Festival de los Insurgentes Galería Arte Nacional Caracas Venezuela.
Festival del Sol Ruinas Aztecas Iztlan Guatemala.
Festival de la nueva música Valle Gizeh El Cairo EGYPT.
Arenas de Verona Verona Italy.
Anfiteatro Acrópolis Atenas Greece.
Il Palazzo della Musica Milán Italy.
Planetarium Madrid España.
International Original Concert Buddokan Tokyo Japan.
Festival de Invierno Kamakura Japan.
Black & Blue Festival Palladium Londres UK.
Festival Topkape Estambul Turkey.
Festival De Kampuchea Kampuchea India.
Festival Diwahli Varanasi India.
Lasertronik Venezolana de Televisión Caracas Venezuela.
Susurros Abisales Venezolana de Televisión Caracas Venezuela.
Alianza Francesa Caracas Venezuela.
Roof Art Urb. Caribe Caraballeda Vargas Venezuela.
Teatro Cagigal Barcelona Venezuela.
Teatro de la Opera Maracay Venezuela.
Festival Experiencia Roja Aeropuerto La Carlota Caracas Venezuela.
Virtual Unplugged MTV Latinoamérica Buenos Aires Argentina.
Discoteca El Piojo Maracay Venezuela.
Ateneo de Maracay Maracay Venezuela.
Concha Acustica de Bello Monte Caracas Venezuela.
Alianza Francesa Caracas Venezuela.
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Electronic art music
Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music
Video game music
Winter Music Conference
New age music
Discography and biography
Angel Rada paintings
Diario El Nacional
Michele Di Lalla
Angel Rada in Garageband
Discography of Rada
Kosmische Musik 1969 – 1972
Introduction to German Krautrock
The Crack In The Cosmic Egg Krautrock Encyclopedia
Paintings of Angel Rada
Tragedia de Vargas (spanish)
SACVEN-Sociedad de autores y compositores de Venezuela
Nielsen, J. G. and Munk, O. 1964. A hadal fish (Bassogigas profundissimus) with a functional swimbladder. Nature, 204: 594-595
Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, John Bush (editors) All Music Guide to Electronica: The Definitive Guide to Electronic Music (AMG All Music Guide Series), Backbeat Books, 2001 ISBN 0879306289
Ben Kettlewell Electronic Music Pioneers, ArtistPro.com, 2001 ISBN 1931140170
Iara Lee, Peter Shapiro (editor), Simon Reynolds Modulations: A History of Electronic Music: Throbbing Words on Sound Distributed Art Publishers, 2000 ISBN 189102406X
Mark Prendergast The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Trance: The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age, Bloomsbury, 2001 ISBN 0747542139, ISBN 1582341346 (hardcover eds.) ISBN 1582343233 (paper)
Simon Reynolds Energy Flash: a Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture (UK title, Pan Macmillan, 1998, ISBN 0330350560), also released in US as Generation Ecstasy : Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture (US title, Routledge, 1999, ISBN 0415923735)
John Schaefer New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music HarperCollins, 1987 ISBN 0060970812
Dan Sicko Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk, Billboard Books, 1999 ISBN 0823084280
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
Categories: Musicians Composers Krautrock Progressive rock Electronic music genres