Rafael Toral

Profile:
Rafael Toral, born in Lisbon, 1967 has been intrigued by the potential of sound and the functions of music since he was a teenager. As a composer and performer, he has been deeply involved with Rock, Ambient, Contemporary, Electronic and Free Jazz music in different periods of his life.
Working with electric guitar and electronics, in the 1990’s he created a blend of Ambient and Rock and recorded acclaimed albums like Wave Field or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance. By the early 2000’s he arrived to a sense of accomplishment about his previous 15 years of work, also realizing the world needed a different creative response. He decided to start something new, as radically different from the previous phase as possible. In a transition to vulnerable action, he launched the alien-sounding Space Program in 2004, using experimental electronic instruments. It’s been an ambitious long-term project exploring an approach to electronic music based on silence, through decision making and physical gesture, in a way inspired by post-free Jazz. The resulting music, “melodic without notes, rhythmic with no beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free – riddled with paradox but full of clarity and space”, has been described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”.
Since 2003 he’s been thinking and practicing an understanding of silence as “space”, with a clear function in music creation but also as a metaphor for social relationships and a statement on information and sensory overload.
Performing solo or in numerous collaborations (including Jim O’Rourke, Jim Baker, Sei Miguel, Chris Corsano, John Edwards, Evan Parker, Tatsuya Nakatani, Manuel Mota, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Christian Marclay, Sonic Youth, Rhys Chatham, Lee Ranaldo, C Spencer Yeh, and many others), he has been touring throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
Also active in visual and spatial arts, Toral has produced video and several installations from 1994 to 2003.
In 2014 he relocated to the mountains in central Portugal for a more sustainable life. In 2017, having concluded the Space Program’s recording series, Toral is entering a wider field with multiple directions and possibilities. From his mountain studio, he also offers mastering services.
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DDD001 Rafael Toral - Sound Mind Sound Body album art Rafael Toral Sound Mind Sound Body (Album) AnAnAnA DDD001 Portugal 1994 Sell This Version
mr$ 0595 Rafael Toral - Wave Field album art Rafael Toral Wave Field (Album) Moneyland Records mr$ 0595 Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
E# 33 Rafael Toral - Chasing Sonic Booms album art Rafael Toral Chasing Sonic Booms(CD, Album) Ecstatic Peace! E# 33 US 1996 Sell This Version
PER 008 Rafael Toral - Aeriola Frequency album art Rafael Toral Aeriola Frequency(CD, Album) Perdition Plastics PER 008 US 1998 Sell This Version
staubgold 17 Rafael Toral - Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance album art Rafael Toral Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance (Album) Staubgold staubgold 17 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
tom 27 Rafael Toral - Electric Babyland / Lullabies album art Rafael Toral Electric Babyland / Lullabies(CD) Tomlab tom 27 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
Sm 62 Rafael Toral - Harmonic Series album art Rafael Toral Harmonic Series(LP, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, Blu) Table Of The Elements Sm 62 US 2003 Sell This Version
TO:CDR4 Rafael Toral - Engine - Live In Paris album art Rafael Toral Engine - Live In Paris(CD, MiniAlbum) Touch TO:CDR4 UK 2003 Sell This Version
vector 1, HEADZ 24 Rafael Toral - Harmonic Series 2 album art Rafael Toral Harmonic Series 2(CD, Album) Vectors, Headz vector 1, HEADZ 24 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
STAUBGOLD 69 Rafael Toral - Space album art Rafael Toral Space (Album) Staubgold STAUBGOLD 69 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
TouchRadio 19 Rafael Toral - Live At Vila Nova De Foz Côa, May 29th 1999 album art Fennesz / Rehberg* / Toral* & Feliciano* Fennesz / Rehberg* / Toral* & Feliciano* - Live At Vila Nova De Foz Côa, May 29th 1999(File, MP3) Touch TouchRadio 19 UK 2006
quecksilber 11 Rafael Toral - Space Solo 1 album art Rafael Toral Space Solo 1 (Album) Quecksilber quecksilber 11 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
TAIGA 3 Rafael Toral - Space Elements Vol. I album art Rafael Toral Space Elements Vol. I (Album) Staubgold TAIGA 3 US 2008 Sell This Version
none Rafael Toral - Liveloop album art Rafael Toral Liveloop(5xFile, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2009
none Rafael Toral - AER Series album art Rafael Toral AER Series(5xFile, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2009
none Rafael Toral - Mills Session album art Rafael Toral Mills Session(2xFile, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2009
TAIGA 10 Rafael Toral - Space Elements Vol. II album art Rafael Toral Space Elements Vol. II (Album) Staubgold TAIGA 10 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Rafael Toral - Live In Bilbao album art Lee Ranaldo | Rafael Toral Lee Ranaldo | Rafael Toral - Live In Bilbao(File, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2010
TAIGA 16 Rafael Toral - Space Elements Vol. III album art Rafael Toral Space Elements Vol. III (Album) Staubgold TAIGA 16 US 2011 Sell This Version
CF248CD Rafael Toral - Live In Minneapolis album art Rafael Toral, Davu Seru Rafael Toral, Davu Seru - Live In Minneapolis(CD, Album) Clean Feed CF248CD Portugal 2012 Sell This Version
none Rafael Toral - Love album art Rafael Toral Love(5xFile, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2013
none Rafael Toral - Saturn album art Rafael Toral Saturn (Album) Not On Label (Rafael Toral Self-released) none Portugal 2017 Sell This Version
NPL 020 Rafael Toral - Moon Field album art Rafael Toral Moon Field (Album) Room40 NPL 020 Portugal 2017 Sell This Version
staubgold 147 Rafael Toral - Space Solo 2 album art Rafael Toral Space Solo 2 (Album) Staubgold staubgold 147 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
none Rafael Toral - Live In Boston album art Chris Corsano | Rafael Toral Chris Corsano | Rafael Toral - Live In Boston(File, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2017