Andy Loebs – keys
Jeff Astin – bass guitar
Devin LeCroy – keys
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C31 audio cassette. Full colour sleeve with insert. Originally released on Winebox Press in 2008 as catalogue number winebox01. New catalogue number EM101.
I. Coral Groups is a live concert piece for 32 channels with an undefined duration. Various found objects, electronics, piano vignettes and field recordings are put into relation with each other in an improvised way, creating a panorama that’s both random and directional. I presented this piece between early 2013 and spring 2016, in Finland, Sweden, Japan, Mexico, United States, Italy, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Belgium, among other. The excerpt here has been recorded close to the final performance of the piece, when things started to come together quite naturally. Recorded live at Gold+Beton Gallery, Köln, Germany, november 2015. II. Four Pages is a sonata. The seed of this work is a composition for piano notated on … four pages. Electronically transformed into particles in F-sharp Major, tucked between murmurous silences of a budget-friendly analog filter. Summer 2016.
A portrait of the provinces.
Recorded in the hamlet of Teixeiró and the hills around Gestaço, north Portugal during a singeing August 2016.
How exactly does a small group communicate … ?
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a musing on hyper individualism and
the marketability of neotenous plastics
We’ve seen the invention of the latte, yoga, cloud computing, we’ve seen our selves in a plethora of unnatural places and commercial simulacra, crisis and human achievement in perpetual twilight. where will the 21st century human story go next?
Premise of Human Story 3
Human Story 3 in its essence is a dialectic on the discord between technological advancement ,human folly and human progress. folly characterized by assessing the loss that occurs in the way technology is being integrated and applied to our lives. progress, in that technological aid on a 21st century scale is arguably humankind’s greatest intellectual achievement. From the back drop of such grand technological achievement spawn forth the distinctive qualities that make the hyper individualistic age. Visible in developments in marketing of products and its emphasis on the individual,advances in consumerism and market values, the smartphone as a marker of the fortified empire of individualism, and from which birthed more inconspicuous signs such as the selfie, a crude and seemingly benign tech age behavior,nothing more than a symptom of the age.
however one could speculate that it might be one of many rudimentary tale-tale signs of the coming technological singularity taking shape. I wanted this work to consider the state of humanity as we set forth towards this age of cognizant machines and automation. In that light for me our behavior seems to be illuminated more clearly. humanities inability to live up to machines programmed to reflect human virtue.
in contrast to cognitive machines that store all of human ability in its most practical and virtuous form, human beings seem riddled un-virtuous with folly.and it makes me wonder if the dispossession of human achievement,that seems to be occurring in our present day will be restored via our successors artificial super intelligence and perhaps this is the human story
Human Story 3 actualizes this dilemma scenario placing humans at the crossroad of technological innovation and human dispossession in musical commentary.
a smart society of thinking machines, this scenario would show the limits of human nature while at the same time exhibit the infinite possibilities of human intellectual potential, wouldn’t it be a great tragedy if
that same human intellectual spirit that brought us thus far, from the stone age to industrial age to possible future automation age became paradoxically the double edged sword of our dispossession from ourselves?
it is my hope that Human Story 3 weaves this dialectic for the listener.
it isn’t a treaty calling on the abandonment of our tech revolution, however it is a motivation to apply our technological tools in a way that services the higher purpose of human beings, a service to what is commonly embraced as human achievement.
Human Story 3 is at one hand in praise of the human journey and our intellectual triumphs while on the other hand presenting elements of a requiem, a musical exposition of human folly in the light of the everything hyper individual age.
Clark’s metier is to envision fantastic imageries of the other worlds and translate these in tones and images in a very direct and personal fashion. Not necessarily indulged in the world of angels and crystals, yet enjoying himself a demon or two while aestheticizing a beautiful and positive Great Darkness. An artist that is both a dreamer sporting a whiff of naiveté, yet someone who likes to make things difficult and refuses to repeat himself, nor settling for laying back in the fringes of today. To go the whole way, and along this way, at his finger tips revealing little by little a true meaning of his oeuvre. A body of work that is both very playful and deeply serious. With compositions applying a tone scheme and style of keyboard playing that is by now completely his own, “Clark’s Scale”.
This release however reveals possible new meanings of our own world. Driven by simple observation and little interference, the normally sensationalistic world of field recordings becomes a simple vessel for aestheticizing reality. Yet the wave sounds, bird calls, and aquarium background music become a new world through Clark’s ears. Originally intended as a personal study for his recently released “The World Of Shells” LP, and as a sound source for other projects, i however deemed these recordings more than interesting and “content full” enough to release them how they are. Open curtain … !
These are ambiences from Australian landscapes, recorded by Spencer Clark (Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Typhonian Highlife, The Skaters, et al). Forced by undersigned into the genus of the field recordist. Natural sounds are mirrored to a world of fabricated aquarium music. Where lorikeets and ocean waves serve as a counterpoint for beautiful, light background airs. The recorder cunningly observes a building where the tourist forages, and fascinates the sounds of lands that are forever spiritual to the native. Captured on handheld cassette recorder as both being a study, and a private s(t)imulation. Resulting in a document that is a particular addition to Clark’s catalogue, where the symbolism, the mirth and the mundane forever morph.
released December 10, 2016
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An exploration in time, space, and patience. Limited run of ten, sixty minute, transparent purple cassette tapes. Recorded individually, in real time, with love!
released January 12, 2017
28 cassettes with 28 different handmade covers
Belgian shapeshifter Francois Boulanger has traversed several spheres of liquid electronics and mutated beat music across his half-decade of activity as Ssaliva, but in the winter of 2010 he holed up in an old historic house in the town where he grew up, Chaudfontaine, with a partially broken Tascam 4-track to pursue a different muse, on a different wavelength: “The place was super cold. Everything was recorded straight to tape. I was bored using a laptop so these tracks were a reaction to that, I guess.” The 22 grainy guitar instrumentals comprising Mercury Coast slide through a fractured prism of moods, reveries, daydreams, and deliriums, from paranoid surf (“Borys,” “Health”) to opiate lullaby (“Cloud Gap,” “Hyperreal,” “Weav”) to smeared haze (“School Rave,” “Trave”) and beyond. There’s a naked, intuitive feel to the songs, like sketches born from smoke and sleeplessness, tracked at strange hours. The frayed fidelity further enhances the album’s aura of cloaked emotion, altered states, and raw truth. Shortly after the sessions Boulanger and two Brussels associates, Dynoo and Nosedrip, launched a label (Surf Kill) to release the recordings but for unremembered reasons nothing materialized. NNF is honored to finally share this overlooked outlier to a wider world. Artwork and design by Dieter Durinck. Mastered by Alter Echo.
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Floridian fantasy island ethnographer Wave Temples is responsible for a unique flow of opaque tropical hallucinations since 2013, issued via a variety of noted tape boutiques. His latest, Isle Enchanted, maps a mirage coastline of salt haze, cerulean water, and smeared, siren keys. Both sides were tracked across three summer days, inspired by notions of Polynesian paradise and the Māori underworld. Blank blue waves swell and ebb, tones float and fade, textures phase and decay – Isolation Exotica, for castaways abandoned on utopian shores. As personal and poetic an encapsulation of palm tree minimalism as any we’ve heard since …On Sea-Faring Isolation (2009). The more hidden the temple the more sacred the space: “This place to me is what it must have been like to discover the island of Capri or Malta uninhabited since beyond ancient days.” Recorded live at Hawaiki, June 20-22, 2016. Images sourced by WT. Design by Britt Brown. Mastered by Alter Echo.