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 – Staalplaat
The package is made of three thick layers of black vinyl, edged by a heavy fabric ribbon, fastened by the usual copper “pin”, the “centerpiece” of all Mort Aux Vaches releases. Our player starts and although we’re wearing our headphones and the volume is pumped to the maximum, all we can hear for about two minutes and forty-five seconds is a slight background rustle. We are then forced to tweak – many times – the software audio control because the emissions become progressively more intense, at first with slightly extended and penetrating signals, interspersed with granular audio emergencies, which are then dilated by amplified hums, ubiquitous and cyclical. In the forty-five minutes of the project – in the end – there were eight that were completely silent. The central part of this work – the one the human ear can hear – is instead marked by an organ-like but somewhat metallic drone, progressively “colonized” by cascading frequencies and gradually diminished several times, before the silence claims again its space, leaving us astonished at the impact and the brilliant composure of the plot.