EARLabs 3
Helix
CD (E63)

 

Belgium £13 (including postage)

Europe £15 (including postage)

Rest of world £17 (including postage)

 

Edition of 300 copies


Composed between November 2006 

and June 2007 by Jos Smolders (Tilburg, The Netherlands), Christopher McFall
(Kansas City, USA), and Sascha Neudeck (Vienna, Austria). The three have never met in person; all the material
for this release was exchanged digitally. Mastered at EARLabs, Tilburg, 2008.

 

The first collaboration was between 

Jos and Christopher. Sascha joined the project a while later. The initial material
(two compositions) was prepared by 

each participant and then exchanged 

via a server. The files were subsequently
edited by each composer, often several times, until arriving at a mutually-satisfactory result.

Jos Smolders is a sound designer and composer. He studied architecture at Delft Technical University but left to continue the tape experiments he 

bagan in his childhood. He also studied electronic and recorded music, and was co-editor of Vital Weekly for six years. 

He is a founding member of the renowned Dutch electro-acoustic ensemble THU20.

 

Christopher McFall is a Kansas City-based composer.

 

Sascha Neudeck is a Vienna-based biochemist and musician. He uses field recordings, electro-acoustic instruments, self- built devices and Max/MSP to compose his work.

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Review

[…] what characterises these pieces is their juxtaposition of vast, remote beauty, coupled with detailed, mundane, intimate
reality
. Imagine working on some tedious chore in a Northern European potting shed while, outside, the Northern Lights rage. jsj, for example, hovers not unlike Stockhausen’s Kontakte, then homes 

in on some desultory found sounds, obscure jangling and scuffling. Else-where, cyber-fireflies sport alongside
muffled, altogether less grandiose 

noises which make their own modest 

but insistent claim on your attention.

 

David Stubbs in The Wire