Rafael Toral

Also known as R. Toral, Rafael, Rafael Toval, Toral

Short biography of Rafael Toral: Rafael Toral is a musician and sound engineer also active in visual arts. Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1967, he has been performing live since 1984. Having attempted to study music, he realized his path was one of exploration and discovery, to which conventional music teaching was irrelevant. Considered by the Chicago Reader to be "one of the most gifted and innovative guitarists of the decade", his work focuses mainly on the possibilities of ambient music (variable attention listening process), the electric guitar as a sound generator and improvisation with higher levels of risk (using instruments or systems that behave in unpredictable ways). Exploring relations between sound phenomena such as resonance or difference tones and the human capacity for creative listening, Toral has developed a sound world weaving a unique blend of references such as ambient, rock, chance and improvisation. He recorded several solo CDs, two with the MIMEO electronic orchestra and two with No Noise Reduction (see discography), an experimental project with long time friend and collaborator Paulo Feliciano. Toral performed extensively throughout Europe, Japan and North America, mostly solo but having as well collaborated with Sei Miguel, Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham, John Zorn, Thurston Moore, Dean Roberts, Christian Fennesz, John Tilbury and Jim O'Rourke. He has also produced rock bands (Pop dell'Arte, Tina and the Top Ten, Supernova, Toast, Clockwork), presented video and multimedia installations and performed music of Phill Niblock and John Cage. His installations usually have an interactive and unpredictable behavior, often using processing of generative feedback systems, such as "Toyzone" (a piece with modified electronic toys, custom relay circuits and multiple sensors), the mixed-media installation produced in collaboration with Paulo Feliciano for "Sonic Boom - the Art of Sound", at the Hayward Gallery in London, 2000, or "Echo Room", a piece for delayed feedback random sound filtering, recently at the ICC in Tokyo.

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  1. http://www.rafaeltoral.net
  2. http://www.myspace.com/rafaeltoral
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Cyclorama Lift 3 3
mp3, CD
2000-04-00 Tomlab
2 Electric Babyland / Lullabies 9
mp3, CD
2002-05-13 Tomlab
3 Engine - Live In Paris 3
mp3, CD
2003 Touch
4 Lullabies 3
mp3, CD
1999 Meeuw Muzak
5 Wave Field 3
mp3, CD
1998-02-02 Dexter's Cigar
6 Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance 10
mp3, CD
2001 Touch
7 Chasing Sonic Booms 7
mp3, CD
1996 Ecstatic Peace!
8 Sound Mind Sound Body 5
mp3, CD
1999 Moikai
9 Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance 10
mp3, CD
2000 Staubgold
10 Harmonic Series 2 3
mp3, CD
2004
11 Early Works 6
mp3, CD
2002-04-29 Tomlab
12 Aeriola Frequency 2
mp3, CD
1998-10-00 Perdition Plastics
13 Space 3
mp3, CD
2006 Staubgold
14 Live At Vila Nova De Foz Côa, May 29th 1999 3
mp3, CD
2006-09-26 Touch
15 Space Solo 1 5
mp3, CD
2007 Quecksilber
16 Space Solo 1 5
mp3, CD
2008 Taiga Records
17 Sound Mind Sound Body 5
mp3, CD
1994 AnAnAnA
18 Space Elements Vol. I 8
mp3, CD
2008-09-00 Taiga Records
19 Space Elements Vol. I 7
mp3, CD
2008 Staubgold
20 Space Elements Vol. I 8
mp3, CD
2008-09-00 Taiga Records
21 Space Elements Vol. II 8
mp3, CD
2010 Staubgold
22 Space Elements Vol. II 8
mp3, CD
2010 Taiga Records
23 Space Elements Vol. II 8
mp3, CD
2010-03-10 Taiga Records
24 Space Collectives 3
mp3, CD
2009 Noise Precision Library
25 Live In Bilbao 3
mp3, CD
2010 Noise Precision Library
26 Electronic Music 3
mp3, CD
2010 Noise Precision Library
27 Space Study 7 3
mp3, CD
2010-08-00 Noise Precision Library
28 Electric Babyland Live 4
mp3, CD
2010-02-00 Noise Precision Library
29 AER Series 6
mp3, CD
2009-09-00 Noise Precision Library
30 Liveloop 5
mp3, CD
2009-07-00 Noise Precision Library
31 Space Study 5 6
mp3, CD
2009 Noise Precision Library
32 Space Study 2 4
mp3, CD
2009 Noise Precision Library
33 Space Program Traces 4
mp3, CD
2009 Noise Precision Library
34 Studio Tapes (1987-2003) Vol.1 9
mp3, CD
2009 Noise Precision Library
35 Live Tapes (1990 - 2003) 5
mp3, CD
2009 Noise Precision Library

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