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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) (COMPILATIONS) - PRSNT (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pascal Comelade, Laurie Spiegel, Lyra Pramuk, Chassol, Nicolas Godin, Pierre Rousseau, Pedro Vian, Pierre Bastien, Visible Cloaks, Kelman Duran, Refree, Lucrecia Dalt, Lafawndah)

Format: LP + BOOK
Label & Cat.Number: Modern Obscure Music
Release Year: 2021
Note: collector's item / ambitious art project with writings and artworks from diverse artists, plus original compositions which are all 32 seconds long, based on the fact that digital online platforms usually only play the first 30 seconds of a track (which truly shortens our attention spans); - gatefold cover with full-colour booklet (32 pages), white vinyl, one-sided (the B-Side has a 32 sec. "Silence" track by R. SAKAMOTO)
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €55.00


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PRSNT is a unique global artistic project combining the input of artists across the worlds of music, video and written word which acts as a statement on how we, as consumers, engage with music in the 21 st century. Vital electronic musicians including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Lafawndah, Lyra Pramuk, Lucrecia Dalt and Visible Cloaks have each contributed untitled tracks, which are approximately 32 seconds long.

The concept was devised by Created By Us and the Barcelona-based label Modern Obscure Music. They read a study which identified that the overwhelming volume of instantly accessible information
online is shortening attention spans and altering how audiences engage with music digitally. Their curiosity about the state of online consumption developed further on discovering that around a third of all listeners using digital platforms skip to the next track, within the first 30 seconds of playing.

Each musician was given a fascinating challenge to create engaging compositions with real artistic merit, inside the confines of this shortened span. Akin to Brian Enos famous Windows 95 start-up music, the time constraints are crucial, and the compositions are deceptively complex and more substantial than expectations of their nano nature would suggest.

PRSNT acts as a critique of flighty feed culture, but is simultaneously constructive, providing something which is either proposed solution or if you cant beat em join em resignation. Every artist has interpreted the brief differently, resulting in an intriguing blueprint for the potential future of
digital music. Could abbreviated micro compositions satisfy, inspire and nourish like their longer counterparts? They certainly take up much less of listeners busy lives, which are often spent tackling
ever-increasing workloads.

The LP contains original compositions by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pascal Comelade, Laurie Spiegel, Lyra Pramuk, Chassol, Nicolas Godin and Pierre Rousseau, Pedro Vian and Pierre Bastien, Visible Cloaks, Kelman Duran, Raul Refree, Lucrecia Dalt, and Lafawndah.

incl. writings by contemporary thinkers like Shumon Bazar and Franois J. Bonnet, and images from Wolfgang Tillmans, Joel Meyerowitz, Juergen Teller, Araki, Jack Davison, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Dani Pujalte, Elizaveta Porodina, Adri Caameras, Larissa Zaidan, Zhong Lin and Javier Tles among others

Design by Marc Monguilod
Lacquer cut by Josh Bonati & Mastered by Rashad Becker

https://modernobscuremusic.bandcamp.com/album/prsnt