Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Cyclic Defrost at Sonar 2009 photo & video essay

Posted: 27 Oct 2009 02:06 PM PDT

Photographer Richard Byers was at Sonar 2009 covering the event for Cyclic Defrost in June. He spent 3 days in the Barcelona sun shooting some great photos and an edited video highlights of the event. Take a look at his photo gallery and watch the video below.

Sonar 2009 Video postcard from Richard Byers on Vimeo.

Cyclic Defrost at Sonar 2009 photo & video essay is a post from: Cyclic Defrost Magazine.

Sylvie Walder – Moments (Experimedia)

Posted: 27 Oct 2009 12:48 AM PDT

There’s an eerie, unsettling remove at work in the drones of French sound artist Sylvie Walder, like an itch one cannot scratch. The 13 pieces that make up Moments function much like movements in the classical music sense, each delicate drone providing a new glimpse into Walder’s world, but ultimately offering no conclusive picture. Walder was a former member of Les Bruits des Silence, and has a history of self released drone recordings behind her, but I’d doubt that they’d match the precision found on these intimate works.

Walder quotes metaphysical musical mystic Gurdjieff in ‘trying to remember oneself’, these tracks functioning as snapshots, Walder capturing tiny details and bringing these to the listeners attention, but through her ears. Fragments are magnified, distorted, processed, presented as blurred, hazy, warm or cold, much like memories and recollections. Gurdjieff-like piano motifs lie buried beneath layers of wispy drones (’Paris Failure’), deadened chuch bells toll meaninglessly (Non Depourvue d’une Violence’), birdsong decorates glacial shimmering pads (’Restored’, ‘Sunday After Noon’). For all the warmth and silken beauty there’s a deep menace at work, lurking just beneath the surface. It’s as though Walder is exploring the same horrifying underworlds as David Lynch, only the veneer is more firmly masked on. Nonetheless, Walder’s is a wonderful world to be lost in.

Joshua Meggitt

Sylvie Walder – Moments (Experimedia) is a post from: Cyclic Defrost Magazine.