Written, recorded, and mixed during “peak isolation”, brin’s Highspeed Light Body started life as a live set recorded at home in Los Angeles for Storage Container – a new Dublab show hosted by Callie Ryan. The music fully embraces the loneliness of lockdown to go on an inward journey, brimming with liquified free-time rhythms and interlacing samples. It’s music to get lost in, speaking its own syntax, constantly shifting and bobbing freely through digital space. That Dublab set became the 15-minute opener, ‘Alone Jazz on Safari’, while similarly sprawling hyper collage, ‘Archigram Living’, was recorded live via Twitch for Chicago-based show, Open.Space. The two shorter interludes – ”little palette cleansers between the other two sprawling pieces” as brin puts it – were recorded shortly afterwards.
“To me these tracks mirror my mental state, my perception of time, and how fluid things were feeling in the amorphous blob of time when I was laid off and could only put my energy into heavy experimentation through music,” says brin. His impulsive, unbound, and percussive approach to sampling sees a freeform squall of countless unknowable samples colliding for minutes at a time. Using his magpie-like assemblage of samples, brin refracts a maddening reality into four suitably entropic pieces, stumbling along the way into far more beauty and colour than expected.
Highspeed Light Body hints at a vast array of environmental factors and aesthetic influences, assembling copiously fleeting images, closer to free-jazz in its flow and structure than to the considered realm of laptop music. This is cubist psychedelic introversion, buoyed by the spontaneity of the unforeseeable conditions this music was made under; a snapshot from inside a mind during a time of global transition. Its title refers to brin himself diving into the “glorified DSL connection” that became his only gateway to participate in the world – as a Highspeed Light Body, beamed from Los Angeles to the world.