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/Deluxe Packaging – Winds Measure
We are immediately seduced by the artwork of Boombana Echoes, a project comprising field recordings, drums and electronics recorded live on December 12th 2005. The first of the three compositions by Akio Suzuki and Lawrence English begins with a sense of delicate, chaosmotic inspiration. The bass sounds resonate vibrantly alongside exotic echoes that were created as part of site-specific manipulations during a short stay in Brisbane, Australia. The audio was captured in a large forest area that changes from open eucalyptus wood to sub-tropical rainforest within a few hundred meters. The recordings became the inspiration for manipulations by English five years later, who added some percussion and a series of subtle electronic interventions – for example the recordings of cicadas chirping were replaced by digital creations made using sound generators and filters. Many of Suzuki’s works use an instrument called an Analapos, a self-constructed device made from a helical spring and two iron cylinders that function as resonance chambers. His drawings in the deluxe package have apparently no connection with the setting of the audio – they are mainly based on cats. However, there is here an implicit exoticism that can be compared to the sound elements included – the birdsong, the recordings of wind, the buzzing and lapping sounds: a collection of transient glimpses, sweet and elusive, a little alluring, frenetic and shy at the same time.
Akio Suzuki & Lawrence English – Boombana Echoes