Friday, September 24, 2004

New Lagowski tracks

If you go to my Zebox site, you can download some newer stuff.

The tracks 'Eidetic' & 'bb8' are encoded at 256kbps, so the files are bigger than an average mp3. The track 'Mocean Daemon' is encoded at 128kbps.

These tracks are not necessarily finished and may never be put onto any albums, so help yourself while they're up at the site!

Comments welcome.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Surround album plan

I'm planning to create a surround sound album over the next few months, possibly in DVD audio format, and would welcome any helpful suggestions about recording for this format and stories of your own recordings done in this way.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Hyperlanguage

Si_COMM and S.E.T.I.'s 'Hyperlanguage' recordings, which expand on the themes explored on 'Probe', will be aired on Resonance FM on October 2nd at midnight on Ben Green's show. This is all new material and is not a remix of 'Probe'.

Here is the text by Si_COMM:

Project OVERVIEW: This recording is a commissioned piece designed to thematically relate to the PROBE CD released by VIVO of Poland (www.vivo.pl) in April 2004. After being approached by Ben Green to record a new work, we decided to construct a piece which would compliment these recently released recordings, and further elaborate on some of the themes set down in the sleeve notes for PROBE.
PROBE examines the notion of an impending new species of Posthuman beings. These bio-technological entities from our deep future, will bear only the merest trace of their human origins, and will no doubt greatly exceed what we currently understand to be the limits of human performance and intelligence. Far from being a sci-fi fantasists’ dream of transcendence, these theories hint at a very real possibility for the future of mankind.

Given that language appears to evolve alongside the great leaps of human cognition and intuition, how might the language of these Posthumans be constructed? What will language become?

Language is both a system of communication and an information processing tool. The roots of human language appear to have emerged during a period of information overload. The existing communicative methods of primitive “proto-languages”, a series of semi-coherent vocalisations, social/emotional interaction, and pre-verbal physical gesture used by early Man were “overwritten” in response to an overload, or chaos that arises when the informatic capacity of this previous set of languages could no longer cope, or had reached a new level of complexity. Given that hominids continually acquired new skills, for example- tool making; their lives increased in complexity. The early hominid mind could no longer cope with the richness of it’s life solely on the basis of its perceptual continuum, and language began to take a whole new evolutionary leap. In relation to the human brain, evolution on a biological level has reached its peak ( the head of an infant could only become so big in order to pass through the hips of its mother, and to retain the capacity for mobility – a vital factor for survival) , and after all of the physical mechanisms for increasing intelligence are exhausted, nature has conspired to increase human intelligence by using a technological, rather than biological strategem.

We are currently poised on the brink of ever more rapid transitions in technology, and our interaction with it. The human communications landscape is incrementally increasing in volume, speed and capacity, as we strive to reach out into the Universe, and connect with each other in more complex, accelerated ways. To an extent, for the first time, it is We who are being transformed by our technology, and not vice-versa.

As we speak, successive generations of young children are being thrust into the fast lane of cutting edge communications technology by their rapid (and somewhat remote) interactions with mobile phones (and the new accelerated language of “texting”). The mass usage of Computer games, and Personal Computers (particularly the World Wide Web), have led to the common utilisation of ever more complex and abbreviated terminologies. The internet in particular is a breeding ground for new language, as knowledge and ideas are transmitted globally at high speed. The Net has its own unique semantics, particularly, hypertext and hyperlinks, which we see as the foundation of a HYPERLANGUAGE – a revolutionary new spoken (if such a term will exist) mode of communication for the deep future. The recording project – HYPERLANGUAGE, is an artistic speculation - an analysis of our potential relationship with highly advanced communications technology in the deep future.

Given that tool-making generated a major shift in thinking that led to the foundations of spoken language – it should come as no great surprise that new technologies and cognitive structures (the evolution of the mind), should seed the development of a new kind of universal language – a non- verbal HYPERLANGUAGE that is communicated at vast speed and capacity through rapid transmission systems that will greatly exceed anything we could possibly imagine at present. What we present here is an imaginary switch point at some futuristic information exchange, inhabited by fragments of human vocalisations, hybrids of what we currently understand as language, fused with digital information, and all of the inherent noise that accumulates in an overloaded system.

The evolution of a new form of language, its trajectories and impact from a psychological, developmental, emotional, and educational perspective are deeply interesting to us.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Si_COMM review from Igloo Magazine

When it comes to the alchemy of DNA, Four Acoustic Solids by Si_COMM (and reformulated by friends) may certainly be nominated as the forensic record of the year; but since there is no such honor I will try to pay a certain portrait of what you will find inside. If you fused a toaster with a sonograph you might get an initial picture. Especially when it comes to the piece constructed by Achim Wollscheid, that is like the drama of a bullet lost in space. With every movement oxygen is lost, gravity is erratic and the whole balance is in flux. The open-air static generated by Si_COMM with the aid of Akio Sona speaks of cavernous space, fore and background merging with a serious or primary gestures. Linden Hale (ECM:323) braids the power of the sound source. In what could only be the lovechild of a tap dancer and a meteorologist catching their babies in a rainstorm, the pitter-patter of this ecstatic, digital heart beats on and on. S.E.T.I. (Andrew Lagowski) adds his bent to the acoustic solids herein by offering something of a “mutation” of breeds as they mention in the liner notes. It reminds me of floating, pod like incubators tethered to cables like umbilical chords. These motherless beings are stem cells of lost civilizations, and Lagowski’s reprocessing is as breathy as it is crunchy. It’s a motor in the wind, a ward for undeveloped sound systems that are being tapped into, bred and left to process. The concept is ingenious and effective.

TJ Norris - Igloo Magazine

Available from here

 

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Italian review of 'Probe'

Here

Sunday, September 05, 2004

...and the 'studio' in 2004 looks like

Example

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Studio pic from 1992

This is the gear used to record all of my Lagowski & S.E.T.I. techno 12" singles and albums, Prismatic, T.A.T., Lustmord 'Heresy', Crash Injury Trauma and the first three Legion albums....to name a few....the Roland SVC350 Vocoder used heavily on False Dawn is missing from this pic. I think it had just been sold :-(

Example