Rafael Toral

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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Rafael Toral Discography Tracks


Rafael Toral Sound Mind Sound Body (Album) AnAnAnA Portugal 1994 Sell This Version
Rafael Toral Wave Field Moneyland Records Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
E# 33 Rafael Toral Chasing Sonic Booms(CD, Album) Ecstatic Peace! E# 33 US 1996 Sell This Version
PER 008 Rafael Toral Aeriola Frequency(CD, Album) Perdition Plastics PER 008 US 1998 Sell This Version
Rafael Toral Violence Of Discovery And Calm Of Acceptance (Album) Staubgold Germany 2000 Sell This Version
tom 27 Rafael Toral Electric Babyland / Lullabies(CD) Tomlab tom 27 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
Sm 62 Rafael Toral Harmonic Series(LP, S/Sided, Ltd, Blu) Table Of The Elements Sm 62 US 2003 Sell This Version
TO:CDR4 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(CD, Album) Vectors, Headz vector 1, HEADZ 24 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
Rafael Toral Space (Album) Staubgold Germany 2006 Sell This Version
TouchRadio 19 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
Rafael Toral Space Solo 1 (Album) Quecksilber Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Rafael Toral Space Elements Vol. I (Album) Staubgold US 2008 Sell This Version
none Rafael Toral Liveloop(5xFile, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2009
none Rafael Toral AER Series(5xFile, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2009
none Rafael Toral Mills Session(2xFile, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2009
Rafael Toral Space Elements Vol. II (Album) Staubgold US 2010 Sell This Version
none Lee Ranaldo | Rafael Toral Lee Ranaldo | Rafael Toral - Live In Bilbao(File, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2010
Rafael Toral Space Elements Vol. III (Album) Staubgold US 2011 Sell This Version
CF248CD 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(5xFile, MP3, 320) Noise Precision Library none Portugal 2013
Rafael Toral Space Solo 2 (Album) Staubgold Germany 2017 Sell This Version
RM480 Rafael Toral Moon Field(CD, Album) Room40 RM480 Australia 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

mm013 Rafael Toral Lullabies(7", Whi) Meeuw Muzak mm013 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
tom 07 Rafael Toral Cyclorama Lift 3(CD, Maxi) Tomlab tom 07 Germany 2000 Sell This Version