Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
CD – Sub Rosa
Morphica comes in a package that certainly does not pass unnoticed (a 17×24 cm envelope, silver-metallic, transparent even, coming with a hexagonal cardboard CD container that opens as a ‘bud’). The first of the three CDs is called ‘Electronics’, and when listening it is clear that the artwork has been designed in fifteen different “multiples”, each made by a different visual artist. And, in the tradition of the prestigious label, all this stuff is accompanied by significant theoretical texts, produced by Guy-Marc Hinant, Kersten Glandien and Mikhail Karikis, which are also laid out in an effectively composed poster-booklet. The sophisticated remix project is inspired by Mikhail’s 2007 album ‘Orphica’, deconstructing the music with an avant-garde and experimental attitude, and featuring sounds that still retain a strong oneiric-kinematic component. Many different styles gently coexist in the concept reworking, to which the ‘Voices’ of the Alamir choir and the ‘Strings’ (Telekaster and Claudia Molitor) are then added. Special guests include the always hyperactive DJ Spooky ‘That Subliminal Kid’, a.k.a. Paul D. Miller, with his lively and interesting mix of interwoven sounds and textual narratives.