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LOPEZ, FRANCISCO / SCOTT ARFORD - Solid State Flesh / Solid State Sex

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Low Impedance Recordings LoZ 004
Release Year: 2005
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €15.00

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Francisco Lopez and Scott Arford need no introduction. They have established themselves as major influential figures in the underground experimental scene. "Solid State Flesh / Solid State Sex" is a double cd collaboration between these two passionate artists, dealing with the flowing presence of electricity all around us and inside us. Intense, sexy and rough, electricity mutates into a multitude of unknown sonic virtual spaces. The two discs work as a perfect companion to each other, shifting between relentless noise and menacing silence. [label description]

...Apparently it deals with electricity, recordings thereof, me thinks. Lopez' seventy-two minute piece 'Solid State Flesh' is quite different than much of other studio works, as most of the time it is quite presently there, even when the volume drops dramatically. That's the second difference with much of his previous work: Lopez uses the form of sound collage here, cutting abruptly from one section into another. The music feels less organic than before, probably due to the nature of the recordings used. However, lesser organic or not, it's very solid (pun intended) piece of music, of changing atmospheres and moods.
Scott Arford's disc is called 'Solid State Sex' and sort of sounds similar to Lopez's work (I guess this depends on which disc ones plays first), except that Arford has clearly divided his tracks into tracks. In each of them he searches for a specific idea or sound, and works that out into a specific track, before moving on to the next track. Another difference is that Arford never leaps into the really soft territory (although Lopez doesn't either that much) and in general sounds a bit meaner than Lopez. But he does a very fine job, much along similar lines as 'Radio Station', reviewed last week. A very match these two. [FdW / Vital Weekly]

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