The Shaw Institute explore art/sound projects to their most illogical conclusion. They occupy a strange parallel world of vintage electronics and 1970’s science text books. Imagine if Joris Karl Huysmans Des Esseintes in Against Nature had retreated to his mansion and encrusted synthesizers with precious jewels instead of a tortoise, then you would be half way to understanding their process.
The Shaw Institute – Synthesizer Studies: Module One
Module One is the first in the series of synthesizer studies from The Shaw Institute. Each of the ten tracks were composed using only one synthesizer to explore what the Institute calls ‘Machine Entropy’. These aged machines produce fascinating sounds on their natural journey towards a state of decay. Each piece has a drifting quality, as if slowly floating to the edge of the sound horizon and out of view. Extend your sonic telescopes to their full capacity to catch a final glimpse before these fleeting tones disappear in the folds of perception.
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May 1, 2011 | 11:26 am
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