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Label & Cat.Number: Holotype Editions HOLO2
Release Year: 2015
Note: first collaboration by these two sound-artists from Australia & Austria, working on "atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric" source materials, resulting in mesmerizing microsound ambience..."a record that drifts from dense microscopic cracks to vibrant shifting frequencies, from sections of profound white stillness to storms of intense activity, from intense light to improbable dark and from immersive macro-spaces to non-spaces" ; lim. 300 on a new Greek label
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €17.50
More Info"Shadow of the Monolith is the collaboration of acclaimed artists Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker. Recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and produced in Brisbane Australia, Shadow of the Monolith works across aesthetic disciplines exploring electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials. The raw materials have been layered, processed and structured into a record that drifts from dense microscopic cracks to vibrant shifting frequencies, from sections of profound white stillness to storms of intense activity, from intense light to improbable dark and from immersive macro-spaces to non-spaces.
Lawrence English is composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilizes a variety of approaches including live performance and installation to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.
Werner Dafeldecker’s background is in European modern music and improvisation, examination of graphical notations, Fluxus, minimal music, electro acoustic music, jazz and field recordings. His musical projects are often inspired and deduced by outside influences such as architecture, physics, photography and film. Longtime sound and structure studies and the formulation of distinct articulations are in the center of his work as a composer and musician and are parallel to technological developments often connected with electronic form.
Shadow of the Monolith comes in a limited edition of 300 copies, cut by CGB at Dubplates and Mastering and pressed on 140gram black vinyl.
Recorded at Marambio and Esperanza bases, Antarctica Summer 2010
Written and produced by Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker.
Cover Photo by Lawrence English
This project has been supported by Austro Mechana
LP designed by wearestillbb.com
Released on the 18th of November 2014" [label info]
"You may, I hope, have heard the names Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker before. The first is from Australia and uses his laptop to transform field recordings, while the second is from Austria and best known for his work in improvisation, Fluxus, minimal music and field recordings, among many other things. This record was recorded 'across the Antarctic Peninsula' and produced in Brisbane, 'exploring electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials' - the microphone picks up signals from water, wind and the ground; all of which are then transformed using computer techniques. This album, though great as it is, is not as a big surprise as the one by Stefanou. Here we have some solid constructions of treated field recordings, the breaking of waves and ice, stale wind over polar landscapes and all such like. It's sometimes quite dark and haunting, like an endless winter night in these regions, but it's not exclusively like that. Light shimmers through this here, occasionally and throws a long shadow over the material. Sometimes it becomes even musical, when it hints towards a melody or rhythm, such as in the final piece 'Outtake'. Though not a surprise per se, I think this is a great record. Dark yet imaginative, cool but not cold, it's a fine record of nicely retuned field recordings. Exactly, probably the kind of thing you would expect from these two composers." [FdW/Vital Weekly]
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