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 – Touch
An early version of “An Ark For The Listener” was performed by Philip Jeck at Kings Place in London in February 2010: an aesthetic sound composition heavily inspired by verse 33 of “The Wreck of the Deutschland”, a 1923 poem composed by Gerard Manley Hopkins in memory of five Franciscan nuns who were exiled as a result of the Falk laws and died by drowning in 1875. The suggestion – full of obscure but compassionate unions, expanded according to a weaving poetic, infused with a melodic lo-fi – is still that of a “hospitalization” of our auditory abilities and sensitivities. The “setting” is emotionally enriched with complex cultural references. The sound is organized in dystopian environmental sequences and soundscapes, finally arranged – in this release by Touch – by re-formulating the entire work in the studio and adding some of the parts related to the original live performance. Overlapping each other, the multifarious textures are dense, elegiac and reactive with reverbs and tone contaminations, in a shifting and loving agglomeration that envelops us in a choral, peaceful way.