Wednesday, June 28, 2006

locating epicenters...
...:::...i began last time about navigating sound. what i meant was following a vibration to where the movement begins. finding the epicenter that radiates with exponential forces, reaching desperately for your ears, even if you aren't listening. piercing your lobes, you might wear it like jewelry. it can make you beautiful with its unexpected accessorizing.

and what when you don’t hear? do you think that environments actually become more spatial? that you can begin to feel where a sound comes from? a certain vibration might mean the padded foot of a dog walking by or the a wind on your check, a wing flapping. what is our relationship between sound and movement or sound and visualization? and can a sound exist without meaning? without form? without it being something?

one of my favorite movies that wanders in sound (you know, like whales suspended in artic oceans, where water is clearer than air) is wim wender's 1994 film lisbon story. here is a blurb from his website about it:

"Dear Phil, I cannot continue m.o.s.! -- S.O.S.! -- Come to Lisbon with all your stuff a.s.a.p.! Big hug, Fritz."

Who is who? And what do all those abbreviations mean? The SOS of course, is obvious, and a.s.a.p. only strengthens the urgency: come AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. But m.o.s.?

Only if you work in movies you might know that M.O.S. is an old and rather strange word for "silent," and that the expression came up in the late twenties meaning "mit-out sound."

Anyway, we soon understand that the postcard was sent by a film director, Friedrich Monroe, to his friend Phillip Winter, a sound engineer. Friedrich has started a movie in Lisbon on a very romantic notion -- he wanted to do it "as if the whole history of cinema hadn't happened, shooting all on his own, a man alone in the streets, with an old hand-cranking camera, just like Buster Keaton in THE CAMERAMAN."

Well, Friedrich failed, and when he realized he had painted himself into a corner, he called Winter for help, hoping "that your microphones could pull my images out of their darkness, that sound could save the day." ...::::...
arp aubert - albatross : jun 2006 on mirau musik
fairmont – i want to see the sun come up : dec 2005 on echochord
isolee – i owe you (ricardo villalobos remix) : jun 2006 on playhouse
tiefschwarz feat. tracey thorn – damage (m.a.n.d.y. remix) : may 2006 on fine records
royksopp – beautiful day without you (cass & mangan living underdog remix) : jun 2006 on wall of sound
fischerspooner – just let go (m.a.n.d.y.) : mar 2006 on international deejay gigolo records
alexkid – caracoal : apr 2006 on f communications
luca bacchetti – aerobic : may 2006 on tenax
sasse feat. kiki – loosing touch (alexkid remix): may 2006 on mood music records
arp aubert – audiomoebeln : jun 2006 on mirau musik
nathan fake – numb chance : may 2006 on traum


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for all these news but the isolee and the tiefschwarz don't work... :-( And I heard the remix by ricardo was excellent... would it be possible to repair the link? Thanks in advance!

3:17 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...

hi. i think they were too big for ysi to handle. i've re-uploaded them through rapidshare. enjoy!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're the king! tks!!!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the selection
it really kick ass

your fan


8:29 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Modifier, interesting.
You've got my attention, I'll be back. Q

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOOOOOVE the Nathan Fake track - it reminds me of a Cocteau Twins track gone all digitized...really good.


5:56 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...

so happy to be pleasurably viral...

8:29 PM  

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