Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Artist: Rob Mullender (@)
Title: Metro Magnetics
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Forced Exposure & Solielmoon (US), These Records (UK), Metamkine (FR), Demos (IT), Rotor (SP), Coldlands (RU), Digital Narcis (JAP), De Konkurrent (NL), Lowlands (BE), Target (D)
This is the kind of record that makes you start looking at the connections of your stereo system, scratching your head and worrying that you need a new one. Then you realize you got scared for no reason, it's just another crazy Staalplaat extravaganza, but like they used to say on one of their calendars "you don't have to call it music if the term shocks you" ;-) This time it's magnetic field recordings of Moscow's Metro, Vancouver's Skytrain and the London Underground (three cities, three pieces of layered electro-magnetic recordings; Vancouver sounds like the fastest public transportation system;-)). This is a debut for the British sound sculptor Rob Mullender, who is very actively interested in working with normally inaudible sources and who has performed his revealing sets in a number of places throughout Western and Eastern Europe. When he doesn't do any of the above he co-organizes improvised events and he Djs around London. Future works will include collaborations with Russian Electroshock artist Stanislav Kreichi. So keep your ears open and your subway system clean for his arrival.