|Thé au Harem d'Archimède|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 12, 2004|
|Label|| Perlon |
|Ricardo Villalobos chronology|
Thé au Harem d'Archimède is the second studio album by Ricardo Villalobos. It was released by Perlon on LP and CD on October 12, 2004. The album's French title, which translates into English as "Tea in the Harem of Archimedes," is a reference to the Mehdi Charef book Tea in the Harem (French title: Thé au Harem d'Archimède), as well as a pun on the French phrase "Théorème d'Archimède", the title of the album's fourth track.
Ricardo Villalobos is a Chilean-born German electronic music producer and DJ. He is well known for his work in the minimal techno and microhouse genres, and is one of the most significant figures in today's minimal techno scene.
Perlon is an electronic music record label founded in Frankfurt, Germany, based in Berlin, and run by Thomas Franzmann aka Zip and Markus Nikolai. It is a minimal techno and microhouse label whose sound features vocals and peppery sounds. Producers such as A Guy Called Gerald, Ricardo Villalobos, Baby Ford, Thomas Melchior, Stefan Goldmann, Luciano, Matt John, Dandy Jack, Akufen and Pantytec have released records on Perlon. It is a vinyl only label, apart from a few compilations and mixes released on CD. No released have been made available online in any digital format.
The LP is an analog sound storage medium, a vinyl record format characterized by a speed of 33 1⁄3 rpm, a 12- or 10-inch diameter, and use of the "microgroove" groove specification. Introduced by Columbia in 1948, it was soon adopted as a new standard by the entire record industry. Apart from a few relatively minor refinements and the important later addition of stereophonic sound, it has remained the standard format for vinyl albums.
Thé au Harem d'Archimède continues to build on the nuanced percussion of Villalobos' previous album, Alcachofa , while eschewing melodies in favour for rhythm and groove. On vinyl, "Hireklon" is extended by over five minutes and features a longer guitar solo, while the delay and dub effects on the clapping is toned down significantly. An additional song, "Stereobox", is also present.
Alcachofa is the first studio album released by Chilean-German producer Ricardo Villalobos on the German house label Playhouse on September 19, 2003. The album cemented Villalobos' place in the vanguards of microhouse and minimal techno.
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|Dusted Magazine||Positive link|
|Pitchfork Media||(8.2/10) link|
|Stylus Magazine||C link|
Reception was mixed to positive. Andy Kellman, writing for Allmusic, says that Villalobos is "perfectly content with forming luscious, pensively roiling, ten-minute grooves that double as some of the most organic-sounding electronic productions imaginable".A review for Dusted Magazine, by Jon Dale, lauded the album's unusual synthesis of sounds and influences, while noting that it was not as accessible as Villalobos' debut, Alcachofa . Ron Schepper's review for Stylus Magazine had a similarly mixed feel, noting the album's less accessible nature when compared to Alcachofa and stating that "Villalobos dives ever more deeply into percussive gumbo and leaves accessible hooks behind".
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Resident Advisor ranked Thé Au Harem D'Archimède 77th on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the '00s.
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All tracks are written by Ricardo Villalobos.
|4.||"Théorème d'Archimède" ("Theorem of Archimedes")||6:50|
|9.||"True to Myself"||14:18|
|1.||"Théorème d'Archimède" ("Theorem of Archimedes")||6:52|
|1.||"True to Myself"||14:19|
Ricardo Villalobos - writer, producer, main performer
Cassy Britton - vocals on "Miami" and "True To Myself"
Rashad Becker - mastering
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