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FOSSIL AEROSOL MINING PROJECT - Revisionist History

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Helen Scarsdale Records / Afterdays Media ADM 019
Release Year: 2016
Note: "Songs of enhanced decay and faked resurrection" - the FAMP project already exists since 30 years, this release re-arranges old recordings (such as fragments of open reel 1/4 tape and 35mm film recovered from burnt out warehouses + abandoned drive-in theaters) and adds new material to it, creating this special nostalgic atmosphere of decayed artefacts and dissociating found sounds.. ; CD-box, lim. 300 with download code for a full bonus album and diverse inlays
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"The first Fossil Aerosol Mining Project audio recordings were made 30 years ago this year. In the observation of three decades of obscure, faked resurrection, we are pleased to announce the release of the new CD Revisionist History. The recordings on this album are hybrids, created by the grafting of old artifacts onto new material using recently devised studio processes. New sounds of the past, articulated through the devices of an unimagined future. In addition to the 69-minute CD, each package also includes an exclusive download code for an additional hour of full-resolution tracks. This bonus material consists of special remixes and reconsiderations of nine of our old favorites. In total, Revisionist History includes over two hours of enhanced decay and mnemonic devices. This artist-edition is limited to 300 specially prepared packages that include a manipulated page of pseudohistorical text (circa 1972), and a souvenir fragment of open-reel dictaphone tape collected as source material in Chicago in 1988.

The anniversary edition of Revisionist History is brought to you through a collaboration between Afterdays Media and The Helen Scarsdale Agency.

The Fossil Aerosol Mining Project began in the mid-1980s as a loose-knit group of artists and collectors interested in exploring the damaged remains of late 20th century popular culture. Of particular appeal were inadvertent examples of the post-industrial, post-apocalyptic landscapes so commonly imagined in Cold War-era media. Places and debris that fostered views of mummified modern pop, and contemporary provisions made artifact. The Project began making audio recordings in 1986. The first studio experimentation employed literal found sounds such as fragments of open reel 1/4 tape and 35mm film recovered from burnt out warehouses and abandoned drive-in theaters. The earliest work involved physical tape loops and analog signal processes, which were gradually replaced by digital delay treatments and multi-track manipulation. Fossil Aerosol still works primarily with found materials - audio artifacts and field recordings. Signal processing equipment remains the principal form of instrumentation. Songs of enhanced decay and faked resurrection." [label info]


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"While I saw the name Fossil Aerosol Mining Project before, it was usually in connection to zoviet*france, which lead to me thinking this was some sort of side-project by one the members. Now that I the first time duty to review a CD by them, I learned that this is not true. Well? Very much like zoviet*france in their early days this is a group that is clouded by obscurity. No band names, instruments or such like, although the one thing that is mentioned
everywhere is that uses a lot of literally found sound; tapes (cassettes, 8-tracks, reel-to-reel) found on the streets, old warehouses and such like. These are played and used in their music, feeding them through stacks of sound effects, or so I assume. It is not difficult to think about zoviet*france when one hears this music, especially the influence of the early zoviet*france sound seems never far away. However, it seems that Fossil Aerosol Mining
Project hails from the American Midwest, rather than from Newcastle (but to what extent any of this is true, I don't know) It has this loopy sound, created with coupling a lot of delay pedals in a row, and with a constant
feed of those loops going on into these devices. Much of the material seems 'old', like voices found on old 78rpm records slowed down, Dictaphone voices (also slowed down) and hand manipulated reels with more obscured sounds and all of that nicely bouncing through those sound effects. It has that great, dense sound that I personally love so much from the days and apparently Fossil Aerosol Mining Project knows how to replicate that sound very well. Inside the box one finds a download code for a further one hour of extra music, all of which are 'remixes' of older work by them, and in total one gets two hours worth of music. I had no idea
who or what this band is, and I still don't know, but at least I have a great introduction here and I am a new convert." [FdW/Vital Weekly]