August 01, 2010

☼ James Plotkin / Pimmon - Split Series #8 [February 2009 re-post]

The eighth installment in FatCat's split 12" series, James Plotkin / Pimmon merges two markedly different sounds and takes on soundscape construction.
A regular contributor/collaborator in cult US label Kranky’s coterie of drone technologists, New Jersey-based James Plotkin is a relative veteran in the field of guitar-based soundscaping. With a diverse back catalogue, Plotkin has released material on labels like Noise Museum, Kranky, Asphodel and Release Entertainment, including collaborations with the likes of Mick Harris, Mark Spybey, and The Young Gods’ Franz Treichler.
Like the Anthony Child + Andrew Read split w/Speedranch^Jansky Noise, all the sounds gathered here are sourced from the guitar but, once again, take its function away from traditional playing techniques (picking, strumming) to a far more abstract and processed terrain. Chords and notes are replaced by drones, tones and flickers; the instrument is fully explored as a total sound-source. What emerges are three focussed tracks of discrete sonic experimentation and edgy, isolationist imaging.
Pimmon is the alias of Paul Gough, a resident of Sydney, Australia. Having collected and processed sounds on an old reel to reel machine since the age of eight, Gough has been unleashing these sounds on the unsuspecting world for over a decade, through labels like Meme, ERS, Static Caravan, Fällt, Dorobo, Mort Aux Vaches, Tigerbeat6, etc.
For this release, Pimmon has taken snapshots of “love” sounds - kisses, hearts beating, old romance songs off 78rpm records and acoustic guitar ballads, and force-fed them a diet of PC .DLL files to create new sonic parts to play with. While Pimmon embraces the digital realm (PC/Mac, tape manipulation, filtering through a KorgMS20), stripping apart and rebuilding sounds on the PC, he also likes to record to an old analog multitrack machine adding a layer of warmth and hum.

Год: 2000
Страна: USA / Australia
Лейбл: FatCat Records

01. James Plotkin: Forensics (For Guitar) Part One (5:49)
02. James Plotkin: Forensics (For Guitar) Part Two (5:14)
03. James Plotkin: Forensics (For Guitar) Part Three (7:19)
04. Pimmon: Fictitious Cells (5:43)
05. Pimmon: Bettler Kempt (5:20)
06. Pimmon: Serenade Sedan (5:32)

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