Ricardo VillalobosThé Au Harem D'Archimède

Label:Perlon – PERL 43
3 x Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Album
Style:Minimal Techno


B2For All Seasons4:29
C1Théorème D'Archimède6:54
C2Hello Halo8:09
D1Temenarc 26:02
D2Temenarc 17:27
Vocals, Written-By, ProducerCassy Britton*
FTrue To Myself
Vocals, Written-By, ProducerCassy Britton*

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(C)+(P) Perlon 2004.
Made in Germany.
The tracks on D blend into each other.

Repressed in 2013.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 661956354311
  • Label Code: LC 11584
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A etched): PERL 43 A₂ -10597- [drawing of Roman helmet and other attributes] ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B etched): PERL 43 B₂ -10597- ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C etched): PERL 43 C₂ -10598- ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D etched): PERL 43 D₂ -10598- ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E etched): PERL 43 E₂ -10599- ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F etched): PERL 43 F₂ -10599- ⓡ at D&M

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  • ion_ion's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    Temenarc 1 is something I would listen to if I would ride my horse into battle. The groove coming out of those drums and snares is out of this world.
    • Alex_Celler's avatar
      Edited 3 years ago
      If Alcachofa is the album that changed the course of house & techno, redefining the genres for years to come, then Thé Au Harem D'Archimède is the album which propelled them to a different dimension of possibilities and proved that Ricardo is simply in a level of his own, light years ahead. If anybody has doubts about the kind of maestro he is, a careful listening session of this LP will provide definitive answers.

      But then again, such advanced and enigmatic productions, such intricate musical language might not be grasped or understood by every single electronic music fan out there and that’s fair enough. There’s an inherent number of hidden layers in Ricardo’s beat programming, in his soundscapes, melodies, textures and the slowly evolving sonic background of his music. Thus, if you like your beats mostly chunky and straight up, then this LP might not be for you.

      Open and closed hihats are usually the main elements driving classic house and techno. A 909 or 808 typically provides these hihats, along with snares, claps and kickdrums. They make up the characteristic sound palette of electronic dance music, which many of us love. Here, Ricardo is completely brushing these sounds aside, cutting ties with tradition. He then presents us with an impossible recipe of syncopated modular grooves, intertwined with poly rhythmic Latin percussion and melodious synth lines, all playing in tandem with plenty of swing. Now, add to this a fair amount of effects and his incredibly intricate arrangements: The result is nothing less than an authentic, ingenious and modern take on the genres, full of funk and shuffle.

      Was this a conscious choice (to avoid using standard 909 / 808 sounds) or did it just come out as it did? Also, how do you make music that complex without ever sounding overproduced? If you ask him, he'd reply (in typical Ricardo fashion) probably something like ''i don't know, i am just making it..!''.

      Hireklon and Serpentine Tale are two of the ‘’less daunting’’ tracks in the LP, although I find this term somewhat inappropriate, they are both masterpieces. The atonal, guitar solo on the CD version of Hireklon is a homage to serialism and twelve tone music (as part of it appears to lacks a tonal centre?) while Serpentin’s bassline is slowly pitch shifting, creating a simple but catchy riff. The drum programming in this track, is quite frankly as good as drum programming gets.

      The rest of the tracks are, some of the most fascinating and superb (released) compositions from Ricardo to this day. What can one say for Miami? How good is the drum programming? But, wait a second, there are no actual drums in the track. It’s a concoction of modular zaps, clicks and synth lines combined and stitched up to perfection. How can you describe Theoreme D’Archimede? Genre defiant is the first thing that comes to mind: an inherent characteristic of truly innovative and ground-breaking music. How do the inconspicuous synth lines in the opening of the same track evolve into a fully fledged tune? So elegantly and so naturally. The same for both Temenarcs: Hihats and Snares give way to sound design and textures, which instead provide the driving force. True to Myself is the perfect ending, a melding of Ricardo’s two big influences: Jazz and Latin.

      Ricardo has mentioned in interviews his appreciation for Autechre and their music. He has said that he tries to marry their approach in sound design and production with house music. And although Autechre themselves were interestingly not so prepared to receive the compliment (according to their 2009 Fact interview), who can say that in this album Ricardo didn’t succeed?
      • Svenne's avatar
        LTD 2015 Repress
        • swil.wilson's avatar
          I just purchased the repress of Thé Au Harem D'Archimède, and while the music is excellent, I found that the record is cut in such a way that it is very prone to skipping. It appears to have to been mastered a bit too hot, as the loudest, bassiest portions tend to send the needle flying. I had to increase the tracking force on my turntable a few degrees just to get it to play through.

          However, I am really enjoying the longer versions of the tracks. I've previously owned the CD, and it's cool, but the way Villalobos expands classics like "Hireklon" is pretty incredible and hypnotic.

          Enjoy the album, but beware of the vinyl pressing.
          • manutz's avatar
            are they repress the complete catalogue?
            • franbergamo's avatar
              repress is coming!!!
              • pinpoint23's avatar
                Edited 16 years ago
                I was somewhat surprised upon recieving my LP that the version of "Hireklon" is very different from the CD edition of this album. The style is more abstract and meandering, and alas does not include the textured, reverberated handclaps of the CD version. Frankly I'm a bit disappointed with this remixed "Hireklon" and would much rather play the CD version at a party.
                • royal618's avatar
                  Edited 17 years ago
                  Brilliant. The use of different instruments in this is somewhat unusual, ecletic if you will. However, it's the sound of the harp in Hireklon that is the most amazing. The layers of sounds, the reverbed hand claps that sound like real hand claps, not from an 808.

                  This is minimalism for years to come.
                  • enrique's avatar
                    Edited 18 years ago
                    I think that Ricardo Villalobos has made one of the best albums so far this year, I'm referring to "The Au Harem..." This is a new reading of funk. Sure, I know that some won't dig Ricardo's latter complex beat programming and texture layering, but I think this is seriously great stuff, intended both for mind and feet, succeeding at reachin' your soul, and with a very own sound, which of course is highly remarkable these days. I love the aquatic texture of the latin percussion and appreciate he's so far from the boring "tribal" house scene by adding extra hot sauce to his glitchy afro-caribbean techno. A true musician. And yes, IT makes you move.



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