Eastside began life as part of an installation piece composed by Isan for “This
is the gallery, and the gallery is many things”, an evolving exhibition curated
by Eastside Projects in Birmingham.
Over the course of 9 weeks, a sonic environment emerged from ten speakers
placed around the gallery, based on recordings made and tones generated
within the gallery, only reaching its final form in the last two weeks.
Elements of that installation form the basis of the tracks on this EP.
The music Isan made for this installation project may be seen as a departure
from the perception that they create fragmented and textured electronic pop.
However at the heart of their best moments, think Gunnera from ‘Meet Next
Life’, fragility, subtly processed grains of sound taken from synthesizers and
indistinguishable sound sources are ever present. These compelling qualities
are also present within the contextual framework and nineteen minute musical
landscape of Eastside.
When I first heard this piece of music I stopped everything I was doing and let
myself become subservient to the sound as a whole. It took me away from the
here and now, temporality was suspended and what I was doing mattered no
more. Within the space of this ephemeral composition, and also within the
listening environment of each individual person, Eastside becomes a new form.
The piece becomes personal to the listener whoever and wherever they may be.
The three remixes took the original and contemplated the patterns of
movement, reworking the sounds and altering the perception of the piece.
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