Eternal September, the rise of amateur culture exhibition at Aksioma, curated by Valentina Tanni. From internet folklore to the deja vu “on the screen” an exploration of “amateur culture” quickly corroding certainties. http://www.aksioma.org/eternal.september/index.html
CD – Lom
Now available on the shelves of Bandcamp is an anthological release focused on the multiform productions of VooDooMan. The album has been released under the trademark Lom, a Slovakian experimental label focused on postmusic and new art. This is a retrospective of the creative efforts of this East-European electronic underground music enfant terrible, a manipulator very experienced in glitch aesthetics, DIY and circuit bending. The selection is large and covers a long period; in spite of this, the recordings present a recognizable style, filled with special effects and echoes, some harsh noises, naïf melodies and some alien-sounding passages. It’s a hypnotic environment and not by chance defined by the author as a kind of “anti-dimension”. The project is a 14-track web-release and a DVD that includes the complete discography of VooDooMan (9 albums). The “physical” edition also includes some radio and video podcasts: it’s a very eclectic and “neo-dadaist” proposal that alternately presents hyperbolic synths, recordings of phone calls, feedback, bleeps, Tibetan bells and proto-hipster acoustic ballads. There are atmospheres typical of the “Cabaret Voltaire”, the seminal work by Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, and many odd titles – for example “ black supremacy in the anal gas chamber”. Here, however, the irritating amalgam of penitential frequencies and praiseful proclamations destabilizes even the most specialized listeners, moving everything towards a sense of the impossibility of verbal expression and an underlying ironical attitude towards content. The settings are quite dark and there are also post-industrial strains, whose fruition definitely required a lot of work. But if you are prepared to let go, there is a fuzzy and intriguing dimension to plunge into here.