Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has come to light as a co-conspirator on Kuedo’s Knives label, but now he’s been snapped up by Aisha Devi to contribute a five track EP to Danse Noire. It’s an intriguing trip through operatic emoting, outernational exploration, ambience and texture, and Devi herself appears on “The Illusion Of Solidity”.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 06 December 2017
I swear J. G. made super intense sound art the last time I was listening to him, but sure: go rend hearts. Having made two passionately visceral records of gushing digital noise in his ‘Ecologies’ series, Biberkopf returns with a record that sounds, to this pair of ears, wonderfully silly, a collection of emotional ambient wallpaper and diluted operatic sound-bytes. ‘Fountain of Meaning’ comes out through Aïsha Devi’s Danse Noire label, and it’s clear that Biberkopf wanted to try something different -- even if he pools from more or less the same sound pallette.
This time, the work feels humane, though in a grand and pantomimic way. Though it collects hissing drone meditations and piano-glitched melodies, Biberkopf’s record is ultimately guided by its flickering vocal samples -- obscured, but living. They sound grandiose, but they’re cut down to a humble size, either through their stop-start modulations or the creaking sound effects that resonate around the record, which offer a grounding, every-day juxtaposition to the record’s slides into bassy overdrive.
The record seems to rotate through different Biberkopfs: he still makes cataclysms out of digitalisation, but he offers weepy melodies that sound like public breakdowns, worthy of the corniest corners of our hearts. He dwells on melodies more, but backtracks them into field recordings or abrupt silence. On what feels like a personal level, he makes ‘Fountain of Meaning’ his most complex work yet.
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