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Hulu Project

 B i o g r a p h y

Hulu Project was founded by Hubl Greiner and Luigi Archetti, two contemporary musician-composers who are known through many projects for testing the validity of border-setting in music. Their music is a radical mix of electronica, crossculture, avant pop and contemporary music.

The original idea for the Cubic Yellow album dates back to 1997, when Luigi Archetti and Hubl Greiner were invited by the Rote Fabrik in Zurich (Switzerland) for a live performance of new soundtracks to four movies at a film festival. The movies in question were three early works by Roman Polanski and Entr´acte by Réne Clair. Among cineasts, Polanski´s early films are usually referred to as the trilogy, and they are considered to be classics of the cinematic debate on the basic principles of human society and the relationship of me and you. In the spirit of dada and the radical avantgarde, Réne Clair´s Entr´acte is the legendary manifesto of the Cinema pur movement, coming out against any form of establishment in art.

In 1998, Luigi Archetti and Hubl Greiner began working on this CD. They were assisted by Dieter Moebius, well-known for his participation in Cluster (early 70´s krautrock/electronica) and his collaborations with Brian Eno.

Their method of working can be described as intuitive and improvisatory. These new soundtracks were recorded by using prepared acoustic instruments (guitar, viola, percussion instruments etc.) along with all kinds of electronic equipment (sampler, computer, synthesizer etc.).

Step by step, sounds, structures and textures were created, followed by a process of extensive re-working: layering, cutting, looping, moving parts within a composition, and other forms of editing. The use of morphing technologies resulted in guitar sounds hardly recognizable as such.

The general idea of Cubic Yellow is the creation of a synthesis of sounds and colours, a visualization of the unseeable which in psychology and neurology is described as synaesthesia. Since primeval times, sounds and colours have been thought of as beeing closely connected to each other. Even today, this connection is reflected in the use of terms like tone colour, or, even more obvious, in the German words Tonfarbe (meaning tone colour) and Farbton (meaning shade or hue). In the times of the Old Testament, the seven colours of the rainbow were thought to ressemble the seven notes of a musical scale, and from many cultures examples of such sound-colour-analogies have come down to us. The comparison of metrics, scales and colours is mentioned in Indian Vedic texts (see Albrecht Weber, Über die Metrik der Inder) and other historical documents from old China, Persia and Arabia.

Cubic Yellow is not only a statement on contemporary electronic music, but also includes techniques used in film music and radio plays. The result is a rich, almost physically tangible experience in sound, and due to the integration of everyday noises the term soundscape may come to mind. There are also influences from freestyle electronica, spacey ambient and illbient, dub music, drum´n´bass, dancefloor and breakbeat music. The music on Cubic Yellow is intended to evoke images, it is a synaesthetic experience, a music for an imaginary movie theater.

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