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MARTINIS, SOCRATES - On Motion, Stasis and the Geometry of Desire

Format: MC
Label & Cat.Number: Antifrost afro 2058
Release Year: 2012
Note: discover the microworlds inside the macroworld - different levels of environmental atmospheric noises, direct & rough... obscure & very abstract sounding MC (C-20) by this true Greek experiMENTAList - ex HELICE PIED (DR-83) & NIXILX.NIJILX, lim. 60 copies, professional cover & duplication (printed tapes); BACK IN STOCK last copies
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"This odd cassette without first researching its origins sounds like field recordings only not of actual fields but of industrial environments, possibly the continuous sound of a train or tram ride. Some are short, a few seconds others longer, all consist of such ambient sounds of mechanical travel or perhaps an air conditioner or continuous extractor fan. No other sounds human animal or atmospheric except perhaps the slight sound of a garment on the microphone or a police siren of the European kind. The cassette arrived without card insert but from the on body print and via the Anitfrost website Socrates Martinis can be tracked down a sound artist working in Greece. From here the tape appears to have 2 tracks on side A, and a further 2 on the B side. The B side containing again recordings in situ, only some of much more quieter locations if these are actual
locations, and I guess now the short silences indicate where one track starts and another ends, though this is not obvious. Occasionally one is aware of the sound recordist s breath but that is as expressive as this tape gets in a representational sense. Why the printed inserts were not used is not stated, however this lack of information helps the enigmatics of this work. As such it has a strange beauty about it, clearly not in the telos or anti telos of noise, but much more the idea of listening as listening to sounds that are remarkable in their unremarkability and ubiquitous of industrial urban life and its environments. As such it poignancy captures the actual fragility of such environments which are seldom documented, noticed or of interest. Art then in the great tradition of art, as who once would have thought a railway station a suitable subject for a painting." [jliat/Vital Weekly]