Saturday, December 13, 2008


A 'final' session this week on the SurroundSound mixes for the Nowthenafter compilation.
Paul had already cooked up a basic mix of my piece ,
Judy Nylon's "Blueprints for Aural Cathedrals"
and the Mal Torrance / SA remix she calls "Narco pet", so only had to change some small bits and 'all done'.
This collection is a long time coming - we started it in 2000, well into by time 9/11 blew through our lives.
But over the course of a couple years, I couldn't interest an indie label to put it out, and so it lanquished.
Some data was lost from original archive, restoring began last year and it should be out as Surround Sound DVD in the spring.
With unreleased music from :
Ikue Mori & DJ Olive
Judy Nylon & SA "Blueprints for Aural Cathedrals" ( w/guest guitar synth by Chuck Hammer )
"Narco pet" remix of Judy's piece by Mal Torrance and SA
Marina Rosenfeld
David Linton & Charles Cohen
8 Bit Construction Set ( Cory Archangel and crew in for a Stereo mix )
Ray Sweeten
Tres Warren ( Psychic Ills )
Mark C ( x-Live Skull, currently in outpost )
SA's "Nowthenafter"

Listening to Paul's mix of my piece I hear a sense of the urban space we created:
a blasted place, then large and empty. Random paper blows in the former plaza.
Some notes of ceremonial music from far away.
And the beginning of the next new thing, the next next stirs ...

Judy's piece comes on like entry - or departure at a Vancouver BC or Hong Kong airport.
Voices talk at you from vending machines, unseen mechs click, register and move on their appointed roles.
You recognize the voice as it wafts out of a crowded bank ATM.
And now you will hear the story of the Voice ...

The Narco pet remix utilizes the 'vocal mangler' setting from FX box that turns what you say into a flow of semi musical tones, bleeps that follow your words, a liquid -y trail bubbling along besides, behind and around you as you walk.
Recombining late '90's era indie electro beats into a 3 stack that slightly disorients as they build and burble along,
phrases sliced free to go back into rarified ion scrubbed air.
You private ice hotel begins here ...

Cover art by Tim Saccenti.


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