Quiet Buildings is the result of a good old-fashioned file-sharing collaboration with each artist handing over some source sounds and then processing the other’s sounds. Minimal Resources Manipulation boss Matthew Atkins and Echolocation founder Harvey Sharman-Dunn were the sound-swappers here, and they’ve made some properly tactile digital textures here. Limited edition of 30 tapes.
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Minimal Resource Manipulation bossman Matthew Atkins joins forces with composer, producer, film-maker and a lecturer Harvey Sharman-Dunn on this C30 cassette.
The pair shared audio files to compose the work, with Atkins utilizing Sharman-Dunn’s sounds to create ‘Quite Buildings Pt.1’ and vice versa for part two.
The first part is comprised of a foundation of stark, cold soundscapes over which lots of intricate unidentifiable, processed micro sounds flicker, twitch, swoop and gurgle. As the title suggests there is something of an architectural feel to these sounds; hard reflective surfaces, metal, stark geometry and so on. Then a female vocal narrative arrives that’s like some sort of self help/ relaxation tape that’s been implanted in the brain during deep sleep. As the words are spoken alongside the electronic sounds, a really futuristic, almost Vapourwave like zone emerges.
The second part has a similar detached, alienated feel; like being lost somewhere between a dreamstate and total awareness. I know I’m somewhere in space and time, but not quite sure where. The strange sounds plunging me into a place with an intangible déjà vu like familiarity. Heady stuff for sure.
Edition of 30 copies, each with unique artwork.
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