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Bay Area artist Jim Haynes is a man after my own heart - someone that sees and appreciates the beauty in decay. An artist working in both the visual and sonic mediums, he researches the corrosion of sound, video and photography. ‘Throttle & Calibration’ was originally a digital release on Cronica and is now published as a cassette edition on his own label; The Helen Scarsdale Agenc ...

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Throttle & Calibration by Jim Haynes
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 15 December 2016

Bay Area artist Jim Haynes is a man after my own heart - someone that sees and appreciates the beauty in decay. An artist working in both the visual and sonic mediums, he researches the corrosion of sound, video and photography. ‘Throttle & Calibration’ was originally a digital release on Cronica and is now published as a cassette edition on his own label; The Helen Scarsdale Agency (be sure to cop the concurrent releases of the Relay For Death 2CD on the imprint) and now includes an additional twenty minutes of audio.

During a 2015 residency at MoKS in the village of Mooste, Estonia, Jim captured and archived field recordings from the area for the Active Crossover project. For ‘Throttle & Calibration’ he has applied his techniques of decomposition to sounds captured from an already dilapidated post Soviet-era, industrial landscape which includes farms, aeolian harps, water towers and oil tanks. The results are magnificently bleak; metallic droning, wind echoing through large oxidised metal structures, fragments of shortwave radio and so on - re-imagining and ageing the environment into an amplified, ghostly, post-apocalyptic dystopia. There are several moments where I imagine this tape as an alternative soundtrack to Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker. Great, deliciously dark stuff.


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