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KANGDING RAY - Pruitt Igoe

Format: 12
Label & Cat.Number: Raster Noton R~N 109
Release Year: 2010
Note: 4 track EP with remixes by ALVA NOTO & BEN FROST; hypnotizing & pulsating minimal architecture music
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €11.00

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"Pruitt Igoe is a 4-track EP by Kangding Ray on which both Alva Noto and Ben Frost have been invited to produce sonic variations on a contemporary architectural myth. The EP's title is taken from a gigantic social housing project, completed in 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri, regarded as a symbol of the modernist architecture failure. Designed according to the principles of modernism, and by the same architect who would later build the World Trade Center, the project saw a disastrous and violent decline after only a few years, plagued with vandalism and massive criminality, leading to its complete destruction from 1972 onwards. On the A-side, the original track and its remodel by Alva Noto both represent the planning and construction phase, based on a clear structure and a hypnotic loop of women chanting in the streets of a small town in North India. On the B-side, Ben Frost and Kangding Ray undertake the demolition process -- slicing beats, destroying structures and emphasizing the beauty of collapse." [label info]