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TO / THOMAS TILLY - Script Geometry

Format: do-LP & CD
Label & Cat.Number: Aposiopese APO 09
Release Year: 2014
Note: first vinyl release by this French soundartist also known as TO => a work about 'density', using sounds of a tropical forest as if they were synthetic, as if it was a city or artificial construct => quite massive, pulsing drone waves with eerie organic sounds inside, arrays of undecipherable microsounds, atmospheric vibrations with strange 'electronic' sounding animal phenomena and surprising cut-ups; a mysterious sounding album with interesting concept, comes in gatefold cover with additional CD !!
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"Approaching the forest as if were a city, a construct, an ensemble of strata and vertical heights where signals answer, contrast and ignore each other. Variations occur, fullness and emptiness are created according to the weather and the peak and off-preak hours. This density that language can't define presents a challenge for the ear, and from this density surfaces, frm time to time, certain analogies to a modern sound environment. Cultural leads fraw our experience of these natural acoustic phenomenin towards the domain of technology : 'it sounds like... it's like'. The timbres ? The sound structures ? There exists something in a tropical forest that sounds like and plays within the realms of electronics, music and electronics noise ; something characteristic of an era long before the birth of biotopes that form this forest and create this sound. Script geometry comes from this idea and the desire to work with density, in an attempt to extract forms that characterize these analogies. Taking these sounds out of their context and rearranging them as we would patch cables on a synthesizer ; weaving these strata and vertica heights into a different pattern by using the signals from the forest as if they were synthetic sounds : dissecting this spectrum and looking for something that can only be revealed through listening, this is the essence of the project'. Thomas Tilly - Winter 2012'In March 2013, I traveled to the Nourages scientific research station in French Guiana. Situated in the heart of a tropical rainforest, this station welcomes international scientific research progams dealing with tropical forests and their biodiversity. For the 30 days and nights of my stay, i listened to and captured the sound environment with an emphasis on animal communications : those wich are perceptible to the huan ear, but also the inaudible spectrum. The result is a collection of compositions and phonography characteristic of the zone. No electronic treatement has been added to these recordings other than a low cut filter and a light EQ mix. Script Geometry was conducted as an artist-in-residency programme at the Confort Moderne, Jazz Potiers, the Lieu Multiple and the Nouragues Station in French Guiana between February and June 2013. A series of concerts, confrences, broadcasts and a creative workshop took place in accompaniment to the project'. Double LP mastered by James Plotkin. CD mastered by Thomas Tilly. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin." [label info]

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"A double LP and a CDR of the source material. For this work he went to the Nourages scientific research station in French Guiana, in the middle of the rain forest. For thirty days he recorded sounds with an emphasis on animal communications, some of these using ultra sonic translators. 'No electronic treatment has been added to these recordings other than a low cut filter and a light EQ mix' it says on the cover and we have to believe that, sometimes hard as it is. However some of the recordings are overlaying each other so a more dense pattern arises, and the chirping of insects that is already a bit electronically sounding are emphasized, such as in the opening piece, 'At Night, Mass'. The pieces on
this record shift back and forth between untreated - as 'no mixing, no editing' - and 'composition, classic and ultrasonic recordings. Mixing and editing', and especially those pieces, say 'Crossroad, nodes' have a highly electronic feel to them. A very minimal piece of electronic music, almost like a modular synthesizer piece, but maybe a bit less organised, following the more chaotic patterns of the nature sounds. I thought this was a great record. Very much originating in the world of field recordings, but then, the result, from an entirely different kind of planet. 'Unidentified Insects Colony' is almost like The Haters ripping paper and doesn't sound like an unidentifiedd insects colony at all. A truly fascinating work of which the hour long CDR is a nice bonus. Maybe something for the die-hards I guess, but it makes the package all the more complete." [FdW/Vital Weekly 05.2014]