|CD Album||6 tracks||£9.99|
|Download Album (MP3)||6 tracks||£7.00|
|Download Album (WAV)||6 tracks||£7.00|
|Download individual tracks||From £0.79|
Scanner & Tonne - Sound Polaroids
A series of works in collaboration with visual artist and designer Tonne based around the sound of the city, beginning with the score to the prize-winning work at the Imaginaria show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, following with live recordings from Montreal, Milan, Munich and Naples. Features a remix by American sound artist Stephen Vitiello. Originally released on the French Bip-Hop label.
Reviews"With a work that pushes the boundaries of sonic consumption and kicked about the notion of communication, Robin Rimbaud has, for the last ten years, captured fragments of life and used them to his advantage. In his early releases, he used elements of telephone conversations caught on a scanner and injected them in his beat-less sound constructions, documenting urban landscapes and modern lives in an almost librarian way. If his work has developed based on a wider range of sounds since, his work remains greatly based on the use of common sonic sources, he has kept the essence of his early work alive.
Taking the concept of literal sound manipulation a step further, Rimbaud teamed up with visual art studio Tonne to produce an interactive performance at London’s Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA) as part of Imaginaria ’99. For the installation, the artists invited the public to suggest points of sound interest in the British capital, then recorded and filmed them and processed the data using software that converts pixels into sound, ‘giving the user the ability to paint with sound and compose with light’, hence the title of this project, offering a strangely cinematic view of city life. After they won the art show, Scanner and Tonne went on the reproduce this installation in Montreal, Milan, Munich and Naples, eventually compiling part of the work collated into this album for French label Bip-Hop. Arriving in each city a few days before the performance, Scanner and Tonne recorded sonic and visual elements which would be used in the same way as in London.
The first track of this record, based on the London performance, kicks of with the chimes of Big Ben and streets noises, but soon alien sounds disturb the urban landscape, contrasting greatly with the human nature of the original setting. Typical of the electronic experimentations of the 1960’s, yet also reminiscent in some ways of the collaborative work of Geir Jenssen’s Biosphere and Bobby Bird’s Higher Intelligence Agency on Birmingham Frequencies, the ICA Installation Mix is perhaps the most true to life of these recordings. The constant recycling of chimes seasoned with crowd noises, tube announcements and nature sounds acts as a sonic tour of the city. The Montreal Mix, representing a quick snapshot of the final installation, is more straightforward and characteristic of Rimbaud’s early work. Built around a telephone conversation about banks and financial news, with a cloud of sounds slowly growing in the background, the three-and-a-half minute composition seems pretty static, obliterating any external input to solely focus on this conversation. The New York and Tokyo mixes reflect the intense activity of both cities, with New York focusing greatly on crowd and street noises, while the Tokyo Mix is also inhabited by communication devices in the shape of TV and radio recordings. Here again, the musical elements evolve slowly, as hampered by intense heat or dense crowds, although the pace is more intense in the later. The two remaining tracks, Milano Mix and Tonne Mix denote a slight lighter tone.
The original project won the Imaginaria art show in London, and the consequent installations were all very well received in the respective cities. With these snapshots of city life around the globe, Scanner and Tonne highlight the similarities in shape and sounds of urban soundscapes, yet by using intrinsic elements of each society, reveal their singularity. Creating dense environmental constructions, with incredible human interaction, Sound Polaroids is a truly human record. "
The Milk Factory
CD Album (BLEEP 18)
- Scanner - London (ICA Installation Mix)
- Scanner - Milano Mix
- Stephen Vitiello - New York City (GCT Loops Vitiello Mix)
- Scanner - Tokyo Mix
- Scanner - Montreal Mix
- Tonne - Tonne Mix