Christophe Charles, a French sound artist with installations and releases across a number of notable institutions (e.g. Mille Plateaux) joins forces with Kozo Inada, a Japanese sound artist who has collaborated with Merzbow. Collaborative album i is a set of four tightly minimal pieces that trace out a rarified space. Vinyl release from Ge-stell.
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I’ve had too much coffee and there aren’t any glasses left to have water from so here I am, mug of water in hand, reviewing my personal fave of the two Ge-stell releases that came out this or maybe last week. It’s these two folks called Christophe Charles and Kozo Inada playing with code together and breaking their laptops with glee.
i is the code notation for creating an array of things, and each track is called i, i etc, so you know they’re serious codesters. For some reason they didn’t include i. One for the remix album probs. Anyway, unlike Dalglish’s Scald Rougish LP which is off the wall mad electronic glitches coming hard and fast, Charles & Inada’s record takes a more airy, gradual and droney approach to this whole electronic sound art thing. Glassy and metallic objects clank and resonate, while a parade of cars softly whoosh along the motorway in the distance. Some throbbing tones rise up out of the mist to gently caress the ears with dissonance, sort of like someone that bounces around the office pushing small things over pointlessly with a devious grin on their face. I can’t think of anyone like that.
While these two Ge-stell things are definitely difficult music, this one gives your brain some breathing space to explore the new and awkward tones that flow from the needle. You’ll even find hints of melody in the form of singular blips and knocked objects, which shows that these two really know how to give this weird sound arty shit actual themes. Good luck humming along to it, though.
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