Composed between November 2006 and June 2007 by
Jos Smolders (Tilburg, The Netherlands), Christopher McFall
(Kansas City, USA), and Sascha Neudeck (Vienna, Austria).
The composers have never met in person; all the material
for this release was exchanged digitally. Mastered at EARLabs,
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 web 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.
[…] 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. Elsewhere, 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