Rafael Anton Irisarri
Rafael Anton Irisarri is an American composer and multi- instrumentalist artist based in Seattle, Washington, mostly associated with the post-classical and ambient genres of electronic music .
He is also known as the main member of The Sight Below (on Ghostly International).
His placid compositions heavily utilize ostinato motifs containing short melodic phrases. Reverb-drenched guitar textures, drones, field recordings, submerged piano notes, strings and minimal electronic counterpoints all contribute and converge equally in the music to create an oceanic experience that can be both epic and subdued. His music has been described by The Wire contributing writer Jefferson Petrey as "a dual perspective close-up focus on the micro textures of rustling static-filled sonic surfaces with the wide-open distant tree lined horizons of sunset at dusk."
His debut album, Daydreaming (on Norwegian label Miasmah) was very well-received by the press and music community. Hopes and Past Desires followed in 2009, a two-track 7" vinyl released by the Thrill Jockey distributed label, Immune. A second release, Reverie (also on Immune) was released on April 2010. His sophomore LP will be released in June by respected Australian label Room40.
Irisarri has performed extensively (either solo or with The Sight Below) throughout Europe, Asia and North America, including prestigious music festivals Sonar (Barcelona, ES), Mutek (Montreal, CA), Mito (Milan, IT), Node (Modena, IT), Unsound (Krakow, PL), Plateaux (Torun, PL) and DEMF (Detroit, MI). His concerts are mostly centered around the piano, glockenspiel and electric guitar, utilizing real-time signal processing to achieve the textural density of his recorded works. Irisarri emphasizes the absence of pre-recorded sounds during his live performances, focusing instead on creating new sounds by chaining together a series of custom-made looping software and DSP effects to manipulate the sonic timbre and characteristics of the instruments being played.