Scanner Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Originally released in 1994, the Mass Observation LP was Robin Rimbaud's groundbreaking record as Scanner. Part of a wider interest and study in surveillance -- very relevant in today's climate, with a society obsessed with virtual media, Big Brother and Love Island -- this previously unreleased and expanded edition includes longer, uncut mixes laid down onto DAT, live at the time. Beatless sounds -- radio communications disembodied and disconnected from personal context, mixed with dial tone pulses and abstract textures -- captured moments in time using scanners. Found sound and spoken word would continue to be introduced in much experimental music made by many artists that were to follow. CD on Room40.
Well, here's a thing: Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud and his first studio album in 8 years. In the meantime, he has been occupied on many things including sound design, film scores, art commissions... you name it. So it's good to have him back with a new LP, especially since the loss of his family; this record forms part of the necessary mourning for them. Bringing together digital technologies and live instrumentation, Fibolae is a warm, organic and tenderly cocooning record.
Rob Rimbaud’s Scanner project has been a multi-faceted and adventurous one. With releases on Sub Rosa, Sou Static and countless others as well as ventures into installations his ever widening circle stretches from abstract, minimal ambience, to acid and break beats. The Great Crater is composed on melting ice sheets, mixing desolate landscapes, awesome beauty and a large, unrealised terror.
Scanner & Anni Hogan
Scanni is a collaboration between long-serving experimentalists Scanner and Anni Hogan, best known, respectively, for adventurous electronics and arrangements for the likes of Marc Almond. Also appearing on the record are guests that range from Swans’ Jarboe to Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür! On SFE.
Experimental artists Scanner, Dru$s, Ran Slavin and Greg Fox indulge in a spot of commuter love (sorry) for this limited double 12” inspired by train travel. Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud has been tuning into the secret sonics of the city for over 20 years; Ran Slavin is an Israeli artist who applies a cinematic approach to sound; Dru$s is the electronically orientated alter ego of Gnod’s Paddy Shine; Liturgy/Guardian Alien drummer Greg Fox departs from rock-based strategies to pursue his electronic muse. The release comes as a limited (300 copies) vinyl gatefold with screen printed plastic cover.
Frank Bretschneider, Scanner, Dalezy, Gram, Various
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