Scanner - Colofon & Compendium

Colofon & Compendium

Scanner

Available Formats Tracks Price Buy
CD Album 22 tracks £10.99
12" Vinyl Double Album 22 tracks £15.99
Download Album (WAV) 22 tracks £7.00
Download Album (MP3) 22 tracks £7.00
Download individual tracks From £0.79

Description

Scanner - Colofon & Compendium

Scanner writes:
"In the summer of 2010 I worked through my extensive archive of DAT tapes,cassettes and minidiscs, which had accumulated since 1977, and with the help
of my ever capable and patient interns, began the process of digitizing these materials. The result, over 600 hours of largely unreleased material, was overwhelming to say the least, and that was only the edited highlights, as we never touched any material prior to 1991.

Most of these recordings have never been heard before or released, though ideas, voices and samples may have reappeared in altered forms on future releases.
Very little of it is 'finished' in any sense, it is more of a thinking process, sketches towards something else, a moment of inspiration briefly captured. At the invitation of Sub Rosa I honed down the selection to the controversial scanned telephone call works by-passing film scores, dance pieces, remixes and so on. The shorter pieces interspersed throughout the album were originally commissioned by James Lavelle for an edition of his Mowax compilation label series Headz, but for unknown reasons were never included.

Two of the works, Blind Electricity and Moth Open Math, began life as remixes for other artists but then took on a life entirely of their own so were never issued in this form. Underwater was released in an edition of 100 copies on 7" vinyl on Syntatic Records Vienna, April 1995. Tape Junk and Who Else Is There? were released on 7" vinyl on Soul Static Sound, October 1996."

Reviews

"Eavesdropping ain't what it used to be. His use of intercepted personal phone conversations in his 1990s work was prescient indeed, given the UK phone-hacking scandal of recent years. The role of the police in the scandal was even pre-empted by his use of one their scanners to spy on floating words. The use of the captured yet spontaneous voice is both banal and bizarre. The voices, many female, of varying class backgrounds and cycling through degrees of indifference and confusion, are often high in the mix, whether speaking of spare shelves or chew toys, while the low throb of a synth, an orchestral flourish or a metallic oscillation pulse below, upping the pathos or ridiculousness of each conversational fragment in turn.

The sadness of the everyday and the melancholy of Techno heard outside of club walls are echoed too: the half-life of meandering words and rhythms that go nowhere but haunt speech and music as such."

Nina Power
The Wire, Issue 349, March 2013

Tracklisting

CD Album (SR341)
  1. Scanner - The Luminous Past
  2. Scanner - Pet (Headz)
  3. Scanner - That’s Okay
  4. Scanner - Curse (Headz)
  5. Scanner - Connections
  6. Scanner - Snort (Headz)
  7. Scanner - Underwater
  8. Scanner - Chewing (Headz)
  9. Scanner - Tape Junk
  10. Scanner - Closet (Headz)
  11. Scanner - Cavern Wall
  12. Scanner - Anytime (Headz)
  13. Scanner - Humdum Talk
  14. Scanner - Hollow (Headz)
  15. Scanner - Blind Electricity
  16. Scanner - Flame (Headz)
  17. Scanner - Moth Open Math
  18. Scanner - Scouse (Headz)
  19. Scanner - Who Else is There?
  20. Scanner - Smut (Headz)
  21. Scanner - Red Exile
  22. Scanner - Tourette (Headz)
12" Vinyl Double Album (SRV341)
  1. Scanner - The Luminous Past
  2. Scanner - Pet (Headz)
  3. Scanner - That’s Okay
  4. Scanner - Curse (Headz)
  5. Scanner - Connections
  6. Scanner - Snort (Headz)
  7. Scanner - Underwater
  8. Scanner - Chewing (Headz)
  9. Scanner - Tape Junk
  10. Scanner - Closet (Headz)
  11. Scanner - Cavern Wall
  12. Scanner - Anytime (Headz)
  13. Scanner - Humdum Talk
  14. Scanner - Hollow (Headz)
  15. Scanner - Blind Electricity
  16. Scanner - Flame (Headz)
  17. Scanner - Moth Open Math
  18. Scanner - Scouse (Headz)
  19. Scanner - Who Else is There?
  20. Scanner - Smut (Headz)
  21. Scanner - Red Exile
  22. Scanner - Tourette (Headz)
Download Album (SR341)
  1. Scanner - The Luminous Past
  2. Scanner - Pet (Headz)
  3. Scanner - That’s Okay
  4. Scanner - Curse (Headz)
  5. Scanner - Connections
  6. Scanner - Snort (Headz)
  7. Scanner - Underwater
  8. Scanner - Chewing (Headz)
  9. Scanner - Tape Junk
  10. Scanner - Closet (Headz)
  11. Scanner - Cavern Wall
  12. Scanner - Anytime (Headz)
  13. Scanner - Humdum Talk
  14. Scanner - Hollow (Headz)
  15. Scanner - Blind Electricity
  16. Scanner - Flame (Headz)
  17. Scanner - Moth Open Math
  18. Scanner - Scouse (Headz)
  19. Scanner - Who Else is There?
  20. Scanner - Smut (Headz)
  21. Scanner - Red Exile
  22. Scanner - Tourette (Headz)