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Powell - Piano Music 1-7
Piano Music 1-7
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Editions Mego)
21,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder available from 05.11.2021
Editions Mego welcomes Powell to its roster with a bizarre and strangely emotive new LP of synthetic computer works entitled Piano Music 1-7.

Via his own Diagonal Records imprint, his work on XL Recordings and, most recently, the opening of audio/film platform A Folder [afolder.studio], Powell has firm footing in the contemporary electronic landscape. During a wry and obstinate musical life he has twisted myriad synthetic forms into shapes that explore and expand upon the districts of post-punk, techno, noise + computer music, and in the the last year alone he has released four albums of hi-def abstractions, each inspired by a formalisation of music proposed by Iannis Xenakis.

As an extension of this intense period of work/research/play with stochastic functions [using probabilities to compose music], various processes emerged that Powell then began to apply to more traditional musical events. Where ordinarily in his work the probabilities and relationships are used to define parameters such as wave-shape, folding, FM, filter modes etc., he now began to use them to create musical formations and visual scores that could be played back using any software/MIDI instrument [one of these can be seen on the rear cover of the LP release]. While mapping out this cartography of relations, he used a basic Grand Steinway sampler as a placeholder instrument; the longer the process went on, though, the more he began to embrace the acoustic properties of the synthetic piano and make it the bedrock for this new constellation of work.

Piano Music 1-7, subtitled ‘Music for Synthetic Piano and Assorted Electronics’, consists of seven different synthetic islands strung together into a single composition. All were composed using the aforementioned processes that allowed Powell to play a piano, even if he never learned to do so with his hands. After all, ’In writing electronic music,’ Robin Mackay once wrote, ‘you also have to direct the invention of new tools.’ Recorded in late 2020, these new Powell works propose not just a bold and bright vision of electronic music but serve also as a map with which, for 35 minutes at least, we can navigate our way out of the current milieu. As the artist himself remarks in the sleeve-notes, ‘. . . What emerged from this fog or soup [for me] were ideas and processes that felt affirmative and life giving — sensations I had always hoped to convey in my music. Perhaps the optimism or positivity I felt at these musical events unfolding, these clusters and knots tumbling in different directions across time, can also be felt by you.’
Powell - On The Feet Of A Wind
On The Feet Of A Wind
LP | 2021 | UK | Original (A Folder)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
'Endlessly Strange And Formlessly Mesmerising' - The Quietus. 'On The Feet Of A Wind' Is A Wild Assemblage Of Carbonated Synthetic Music From Powell And A Sister Record To 'Flash Across The Intervals' And 'Multiply The Sides' - Two Albums Already Released In 2020. Recalling Xenakis, Parmegiani And Hecker But With The Smile/Smirk Of Vintage Powell, The Record Is Released Via A Folder, A New Music And Film Platform Created By Powell, Michael Amstad And Marte Eknæs That Bundles Up Music, Film, Image, Text And Other Forms Of Madness Into Folders That Are Shared/Expanded Online.The Release Is Accompanied By A 'Hi-Sensitive' Film Directed By Amstad And Eknæs Entitled 'Flares, Currents'. The Film Contains A Recombined Live Version Of 'Rise, World Unfold', The Musical Series That Concludes This Album. A Folder Is A Collection Of Disorienting Works Of Experimental Film, Ambiguous Texts, And Other Assorted Media Set To The Most Brazenly Strange And Formlessly Mesmerising Musical Structures Of Powell's Career. It's Also A Work Of Artistic Assemblage, Without Fixed Notions Of Time. Tarkovsky Once Described His Filmmaking As "Sculpting In Time," And A Folder Exists In A Similar Kind Of "Zone;" It Is A Project Continuously Added To, Subtracted From, Abstracted, And Injected Into The Glut Of Cyberspace Like A Slow Moving Pathogen That Refuses To Be Defined Or Categorised. Shunning Titles In Favour Of Oblique Category Markers, Films Like A34 Present A Mosaic Of Images Of Biological Forms And Sublime Landscapes Set To Super-Synthetic, Carbonated Compositions. All Of This Signals An Artist Liberated From The Confines Of The Narrow Branding Signifiers An Electronic Musician Can Find Themselves In. While It Is Aware Of Its Place In Cyberspace, This Project Also Connects To Something Primordial And Awesome. "Xenakis Talked About Creating Universes With Sound," Says Powell, "And We Are All Free To Create Our Own Worlds In Life, Art - Whatever. This Is What Happened To Me In A Way: I Have Been In This World For Three Years...
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