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.
LP+ Flexi Records45t – WARM
WARM, a new French label of experimental music, debuts with Wave 91,6. This debut release also turns the spotlight on Julien Mérieau, aka Quartz Locked, a Nantes musician who is inspired by the sound archive accumulated for more than ten years at Radio Mulot, an FM pirate broadcaster with a history of industrial culture, Situationism and a more artistic and sophisticated approach than the average broadcaster. Financed via a crowdfunding campaign, there are six tracks presented – a total of just over 43 minutes of recordings – unraveled in a sensitive sound bricolage in which the iterated patterns are interposed by musical elements of improvisation and poetry. These are pure sound inventions that spring from an approach to composition reminiscent of intermedia. Quartz Locked, combining many expressive forms, mixes a Köhn track whose title is literally “opinions are like assholes, the Internet is full of them”. More noise and extremist episodes crammed with metal and glitch, Dadaism and citationist aesthetics. This track is presented in a white flexi disc attached to vinyl. The idea of a hypothetical experimental radio program allows for an enormous compositional freedom. It enables creative impulses that might sound very psychedelic, but it encourages cohesion of free form sequences and jazz, hypnotic drones and declamatory passages, melodies and spatial effects. The metamorphic inspiration is continuous and there are electroacoustic enchantments, moments of sound poetry, plunderphonics and mash-ups, flows of sounds that are difficult to classify and evocative atmospheres, as well as casual conversations, phone calls, various field recordings, suggestions of sounds from faulty cassette players and corrupted hard discs. Experimental “radio drama” is not a genre for everyone, but at Warm they have a passion for this enterprise and, so too, they manage to involve the listeners in their enthusiasm.
Quartz Locked – Wave 91,6
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