[microsound-announce] Birmingham Sound Matter [Audiobulb]
dwnewman at clara.co.uk
Fri Oct 2 17:07:52 EDT 2009
Audiobulb: Birmingham Sound Matter - Various
October 2, 2009, 03:23 PM
"Right now heres a project for you Mr Lopez; grab some electronic artists,
give them a few mic's and send them off into a city." That would be the
voices in Spanish musical pioneer Francisco Lopez's head talking to him
again. Oh no wait, it has happened, its been done. And here it is -
"Birmingham Sound Matter" and it's collaboration of the weirdest,
wonder-fullest, strangest, cl-ickiest, randomist sounds in one record, from
Birmingham (of all places).
This concept is simple enough, but the content is a totally different kettle
of fish cakes. You have to really understand what is going on before you can
reach a conclusion to this latest release from Audiobulb. The Sheffield
based independent label releases some of the most unique electronica to hit
our playlists. "Birmingham Sound Matter" creates a compilation of sounds you
wouldn't really pay any attention to in a normal setting. There are children
playing, birds singing, bee's buzzing and cars wooshing past.
Francisco Lopez seems to be a very complex individual; by talking about
"reality" and all sorts of different mind sets (this is all on the CD
sleeve, not in the music). This is definitely Exploratory music. The
headline to the album is mental enough for me "Typically, recorded sound is
considered as a representation of reality. Birmingham Sound Matter
demonstrates that a sound recording can also be considered as an entity by
itself." An entity itself? Sounds like David Icke has had his footing in the
door for this one.
Each track has had a different artist dip their musical wick into it. Layer
by layer they must have had to tediously place each sound in a certain way,
with a certain effect. 'Last Days" by Mark Harris sounds like the soundtrack
to the film "Crash" with a warm ambient layer of synths and wobbly chords.
Helana Gough's - 'Grau' has a glitch approach, with random bursts of
scratchy energy and uncomfortable samples. I'm not quite sure what the hell
she was sampling there!
This is music for the uber intellectual electronic music producer. It's just
something that is so hard to understand, yet its magical in many ways. This
is more like a soundtrack to a film really.
Available now from <http://www.audiobulb.com/albums/AB023/AB023.htm>
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