The Mood Machine (and Other Furnitures)

by Alfa Serenar

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released February 1, 2019

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While some works of art are born of elaborate and ambitious plans, others come into the world by pure chance.

For the holidays of 2017, Rafael Senra took advantage of the sunny day to play with his guitar. The mood was so relaxed that when he found a school ruler on his brother's desk, he ventured to use it on the guitar strings like a bow of a violin. He recorded a strange, instrumental theme, far from the pop songs he used to record. Despite this, the friends who heard the "joke" praised the result with enthusiasm.

From this initial attempt, Rafael ended up recording 12 songs in the same line, all of them also instrumental. It was not long before he realized he had a whole record ready.

The result adds much different influences, ranging from the countrymen of Clube da Esquina, to artists like Brian Eno and Anthony Phillips, to the ethereal sound of the Cocteau Twins.

The concept of the record was born of the enigmatic sound produced by the "bow" in the guitar strings. It occurred to Rafael that the timbre reminded him of a joinery machine or a turnery - however, a melodic version of those machines.

From this idea, he came to the concept of work: the twelve tracks of "The Mood Machine" are references to imaginary machines, artifacts that have no obvious practical utility. In fact, they would be "soul machines" (which is exactly the translation of "Seelischer Apparat", name of the fifth track, and alludes to a concept coined by Sigmund Freud at the end of the 19th century). The work inaugurates the stage name Alfa Serenar.

When not composing and recording, the author also acts as writer and author of comics. Rafael is Literature´s Teacher in the course of Letters of the Federal University of Amapá (Brazil).

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Enquanto algumas obras de arte nascem de planos elaborados e ambiciosos, outras vêm ao mundo pelo mais puro acaso.

Nas férias de 2017, Rafael Senra aproveitava o dia ensolarado para brincar com sua guitarra. O clima era tão descontraído que, ao encontrar uma régua escolar na mesa de seu irmão, ele arriscou usá-la nas cordas da guitarra feito um arco de violino. Ele registrou um tema estranho, instrumental, muito distante das canções pop que costumava gravar. Apesar disso, os amigos que ouviram a "brincadeira" elogiaram o resultado com entusiasmo.

A partir dessa tentativa inicial, Rafael acabou gravando 12 temas na mesma linha, todos também instrumentais. Não demorou a perceber que tinha um disco inteiro pronto.

O resultado agrega influências bem distintas, que vão dos conterrâneos do Clube da Esquina, passando por artistas como Brian Eno e Anthony Phillips, até chegar ao som etéreo dos Cocteau Twins.

O conceito do disco nasceu do som enigmático produzido pelo "arco" nas cordas da guitarra. Ocorreu a Rafael que o timbre lembrava uma máquina de marcenaria ou tornearia - contudo, uma versão melódica dessas máquinas.

A partir dessa ideia, ele chegou ao conceito do trabalho: as doze faixas de "The Mood Machine" são referências à máquinas imaginárias, artefatos que não tem nenhuma utilidade prática óbvia. Na verdade, seriam "máquinas da alma" (que é exatamente a tradução de "Seelischer Apparat", nome da quinta faixa, e que alude à um conceito cunhado por Sigmund Freud no fim do séc. XIX). O trabalho inaugura o nome artístico Alfa Serenar.

Quando não está compondo e gravando, o autor também atua como escritor e autor de histórias em quadrinhos. Rafael é professor de Literatura no curso de Letras da Universidade Federal do Amapá (Brasil).

Rafael Senra
Professor Doutor em Letras da Universidade Federal do Amapá (UNIFAP)
Escritor, autor de quadrinhos
www.rafaelsenra.com

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Alfa Senerar © 2019. all rights reserved

alfa serenar: guitar, voice, acoustic, bass
produced by alfa serenar
mastering by renato lopes
artwork by rogerio marcus

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