30.6.17 – Manuel Lima

Delighted to release Brazilian composer-performer Manuel Lima's set from June this year. Features a live re-working of his brilliant release on Editions Verde (EV006: 36 English to Portuguese Lessons), plus some plus new & gold material. Lima works between language, sound & performance to make absurdist cocktail of confusion & absurd recontextalisation. Following randomly generated instructions dictated to him from a Python script, Lima fuses sound from Youtube videos, analogue synthesiser and cassette recorder, alongside English to Portuguese translation phrases to delightful effect. Synonymy slips, and simple translations evolve & mutate to the sound of Jorge Ben, baroque lute and submerged speech. 


Manuel Lima / analogue synth, mixer, cassette recorder



1. 30.6.18 - 15:50


Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Paul Skinner on Friday 30th June, 2017. Mixed and mastered by Manuel Lima.  

Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC 

Manuel Lima

Manuel Lima is a composer-performer from Brazil. His diverse work includes lecture-performances, sound and light installations and endurance performance pieces (‘The Cube’ - a ten-day work living inside a self-built structure with a piano). He also works in cross-disciplinary platforms such as theater, dance, and video. Manuel has recently appeared at Ilan Volkov’s Athen’s version of Tectonics. 

In 2017, Manuel has developed the work ‘36 lessons’. Every day from March 1 to April 5, Lima followed the randomly generated instructions dictated to him from a Python script to create sound collages from a mixture of analogue synthesizer, cassette recorder, and found audio from YouTube videos. Each collage also incorporates an English to Portuguese translation, configuring them as ‘lessons’ inviting new meaning alongside the soundscape. His current performances develop this process where simple translations evolve within sound collages. 

Manuel holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.