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Spatial - Primitives

by Spatial

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The standard edition of the record, as available in all good record shops. Hand-stamped 12" vinyl in a plain sleeve with insert, containing links to the microsite, and a copy of the Primitves DVD in full-colour card wallet.

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  • Special edition 12" vinyl, slimline DVD and 3" data cd package
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    For a teaser of the DVD content, check vimeo.com/104535219
    For advanced reviews of the release from The Wire and Resident Advisor, check broken20.com

    12" hand stamped vinyl with the four "Interpretations" from Bass Clef, Sculpture, TVO and Spatial himself and a4 insert with unique password for access to the microsite, giving downloads of the code and films, plus the full Primitives DVD in our house-style slimline DVD case with full colour artwork from Dave Fyans/Erstlaub (in stores DVD comes with vinyl but is only available in a slim card wallet with no data disk) with full colour atwork, plus 3" data cd-r with the code and executables for the Primitives software installed, letting you compose your own opto-sonic creations using the same tools as the original pieces.

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    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

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Spatial has always been more exploratory than your average stepper, but with his audiovisual (or “opti-sonic” as he puts it) project ‘Primitives’, every aspect of his output blooms outward with android rigour.

‘Primitives’ was born when Spatial devised a performative installation of light and sound by coding his own software, exploring the OpenFrameworks platform. Influenced by the likes of Sally Golding, Bruce McClure and Greg Pope, he sought to investigate a similar materiality of light, sound and space manifested via the digital domain, to “explore sonic and optical intensity articulated by simple geometric figures and extreme frequencies.” He continues:
“Projected images drive a sensory assault, consumed by your eyes, then ears, and existing somewhere between perceptions.” Elsewhere in his manifesto he states that he’s “interrogating hacked code for excruciating light” and that it “brings a new realisation to the relationships between seeing sound and hearing colour.”

‘Primitives’ has made live appearances at Cafe OTO & Apiary Studios in London and Supernormal Festival in Oxfordshire building the piece to its current form via a variety of evolutionary configurations, developing from the initial single screen staging to an expanded setup that fully inhabits that performance space. The logical next step is to release it to the wider world in some shape – the work itself, Spatial’s software that created it and the underlying code to hack the project. But how does a producer and DJ release these related strands into a coherent package that envelops the project’s handmade, atavistic blossoming, both visual and aural? How could that blend with his prior output? And fundamentally, who would be mad enough to pull it all together?
Step forward Broken20, the Glasgow label founded on “an aesthetic, not a genre – releases concerned with decay, erosion, entropy, mistakes and errors, line noise and tape hiss, hum and buzz”. And as Broken20’s first foray into vinyl following a multi-format splurge of tapes, DVDs and custom made USB sticks it made sense to collaborate on a 12” that was more than just a slab of wax.

So we have ‘Primitives’, a DVD containing short films of live A/V content alongside an executable version of the software and the source code plus a 12” record containing four commissioned
interpretations by Spatial himself, Broken20’s TVO, Bass Clef and Sculpture aimed somewhat more at the dancefloor. The combination of media represent the totality of the ‘Primitives’ experience.
The DVD contains a series of live, improvised audiovisual art works under two distinct sections: Single Channel & Expanded.

The Single Channel works are most revealing of the performance process and the underlying software. These screen recordings highlight each sequence as a composition of four AVUgens -
base units combining visual representation and its effecting properties on the accompanying sonic component. Deliberately simple relationships, such as a polygon interacting with a sine wave,
animate, coalesce and interplay to create an immersive sensory experience.
The Expanded section takes this technical setup and explores the relationship and geometry of light and sound inhabiting a performance space. Recorded live using various cameras and
segmented into a number of short visual works, these films liberate the software from its digital domain to focus on the material aspects of the output within an architecture. Embracing the ensuing degradation of the stylised visual perfection into hacked light, the audio is freed to breathe deep within three dimensions, enjoying the implicit bit crushing and dithering that occurs as it’s captured through the camera’s built in microphones.
On the accompanying 12”, Spatial kicks off, his almost-4/4 beats underpinning skippy percussion and no little bass heft. Insectoid whines hover around the demarcations of tonality while dubbed
out squawks bounce back against themselves and oppressive drones linger offstage.
The TVO|SPL interpretation immediately suggests a muscular tone and that’s borne out in torn percussive shards, squealing feedback intervals and clattering loops, but it keeps one eye on the ‘floor with techno thump and a skewed hypnotic groove. There are breakdowns of some sort in there, but they may not be musical.
Bass Clef showcases broken Eski: sparse rippling synths rail against a square bass chassis and disembodied spring reverb claps, before ghosts enter the machine as pensive chords and tinkling melodies that recall classic electronica. It’s classic Cumbers.
“Opto-musical agglommerate” Scuplture are turning heads, and their freeform rework of ‘Primitives’ doesn’t disappoint. Part Herbie Hancock, part Farmers Manual, it’s a heady concoction of reclaimed
modal drones and glassy hits that takes the source material and launches it inward. Overall, it’s difficult to imagine these interpretations growing from the austere and brutal shapes of
the ‘Primitives’ installation, still more to grasp how they manage to imbue strains of its character throughout. Alongside the wealth of supporting material, the full package of ‘Primitives’ showcases
nothing so much as the purity of a pliable concept extended through time and space.


released October 20, 2014


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