Robin Rimbaud - The Garden Is Full of Metal

The Garden Is Full of Metal

Robin Rimbaud

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Robin Rimbaud - The Garden Is Full of Metal

Robin Rimbaud was both a friend and collaborator over the years and this CD is his tribute to an important figure in both his life and others'. Using recordings of Jarman's voice as well as location recordings around his home, he creates a graceful and delicate sculpture in sound. This is a close friend's tribute, backed by a profound understanding of the filmmaker's sense of intimacy, atmosphere and drama.

2014 - on the 20th anniversary of the passing of Derek Jarman and this reissue Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) reviewed many of the materials in his archive and discovered four selections that were originally off the release but feel now that they offer another viewing.

"This is a creative mind and man I still miss, but who thankfully and finally seems to be receiving the accolation he should have received long ago." (Robin Rimbaud)

"A beautiful and fragile tapestry. Reflective, tactile and emotional."The Wire

"This music operates a certain unsettling, eerie magic on the listener, sneaking out of the speakers surreptitiously and filling the room like a sudden burst of sunlight. Even those unaware of Jarman's flicks will be moved." NME

This album is a collection of memories taking recordings from spaces that Jarman inhabited or experienced - from the walk to the sea's edge from his cottage in Dungeness through to the roar of London congestion around his Charing Cross flat - Robin has attempted to create a fluid, elegiac sound portrait, a form of resonant landscape painting that weaves through recordings of Jarman's own voice. Robin applied the term 'sound polaroids' to describe these intimate, isolated, improvised moments, the same way a polaroid camera captures an image for a moment, almost dispoable, forgotten, a tiny epiphany that dwells within but surfaces at unexpetcetd triggers.

The majority of the sound here is abstracted and processed through modest means, cutting, stretching and editing tape - acoustic data like this once digitised dissolves into a form that one can mould and re-shape in an almost scultural manner.

Reviews

"It's appropriate that for this endeavor, UK sonic scavenger Robin Rimbaud opts not to hide behind his Scanner alias. Because rather than placing plundered snippets in new contexts, Rimbaud is concerned with fashioning a specific portrait of a colleague on The Garden Is Full of Metal. British visionary Derek Jarman (who died from AIDS in 1994) was noted for his refusal to compartmentalize his art, blurring the distinctions between painting, cinema, music video and other media. Rimbaud echoes this by treating all sonic components as fair game, from interview segments to passages that evoke the wet caverns of the body ("Fravaer").

Compositions draw on recordings made in spaces that Jarman "inhabited or experienced," from the streets around his busy London flat, to his idyllic seaside cottage. These tracks are more concerned with evoking a sense of place rather than depicting a specific locale, reflecting the deceased's own aesthetic as expressed in his landscapes, and films like "The Garden." While a consummate knowledge of Jarman's accomplishments enhances this aural experience, it is a credit to both the artist and his subject that such knowledge is not a prerequisite.

Challenging concepts of how we listen to recorded sound, what constitutes "music," and the function and nature of memory, The Garden Is Full of Metal is Rimbaud most moving release to date. Because this time it's personal."
The Wire

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"Initially released in 1997, three years after Derek Jarman's passing, The Garden Was Full of Metal was a fitting tribute to the legendary director. It also, however, helped to demonstrate that Robin Rimbaud was a musician with a more significant artistry than solely relying on the novelty of presenting covertly recorded wireless phone conversations. Reissued for the 20th anniversary of Jarman's death, with four additional songs from the same sessions, it remains an extremely personal tribute to one artist from another.

Intimacy was always a major facet of Rimbaud's work as Scanner, but here he turns that inward, via an emotional tribute to an artist whom he was heavily inspired by. It might not be as an overt as secretly recorded telephone calls were, but there is an extremely personal and poignant gravitas in these recordings. Rimbaud speaks of these compositions as "sound Polaroids," utilizing recordings of places and locations important in Jarman's life as source material, with a restrained use of instrumentation and relatively simple processing and effects. Interspersed with this are excerpts from various Jarman interviews throughout the years.

"Experience" exemplifies the approach of this album, with its layered voice samples and basic keyboard sounds that fold back into themselves. The arrangement may be simple, but the result is beautiful. "Drop" sees Rimbaud using both instrument and voice samples, largely reversed and paired with a brittle but memorable drum loop that is one of the few things that dates this album as from the late 1990s. Rhythms are used sparingly throughout the album otherwise, mostly via processed sounds or synth patterns. On "Their Own Space" the beat is generated from either a treated sample or bit of keyboard tone that makes for a nice contrast to the more mournful electronic sounds.

On a piece such as "Fravaer," the rhythm is less overt and more insinuated via light thumping noises that accompany string swells and what sounds to be field recording loops. The same feel bleeds into "Rosa Rugosa," with a simple skittering click sample as percussion with dramatic piano and strings that could easily be a film score piece.

The four newly added songs from the same sessions fit in beautifully with the remainder of the work. "Circles of Stone" is another passage of melancholy synthesizers that are filmic without being unnecessarily dramatic. "Translucence" is a short but sweet piece of new age-y electronics mixed with interview fragments, and "I Waited a Lifetime" is admittedly more skeletal than the remainder of the album, but its slowly progressing piano fits the album’s mood perfectly. The final piece, "Garden (Redux)" seems to be a mix of the album as a whole, and while it clearly has a sound collage feeling to it, it fits together better than most of this sort.

Even 17 years after its first issue, The Garden is Full of Metal retains all of the reverence and celebration of Jarman's life that it intended. Additionally, Robin Rimbaud's work remains just as distinct and powerful as it did then, and with the additional material added, the result being richer and more fully realized. It is a perfect example of how an artist and composer who is creating something so intimate and personal that it can transcend time and technology, a description that is apt for both Rimbaud and Jarman's art."
Brainwashed June 2014

Tracklisting

CD Album (SR384R)
  1. Scanner - Open
  2. Scanner - Experience
  3. Scanner - Drop
  4. Scanner - Waterbrush
  5. Scanner - Their Own Space
  6. Scanner - Fravaer
  7. Scanner - Rosa Rugosa
  8. Scanner - A Walk Through St James
  9. Scanner - Always Fading: Sedum Acre
  10. Scanner - Circles of Stone
  11. Scanner - Translucence
  12. Scanner - I Waited a Lifetime
  13. Scanner - Garden (Redux)
Download Album (SR384RD)
  1. Scanner - Open
  2. Scanner - Experience
  3. Scanner - Drop
  4. Scanner - Waterbrush
  5. Scanner - Their Own Space
  6. Scanner - Fravaer
  7. Scanner - Rosa Rugosa
  8. Scanner - A Walk Through St James
  9. Scanner - Always Fading: Sedum Acre
  10. Scanner - Circles of Stone
  11. Scanner - Translucence
  12. Scanner - I Waited a Lifetime
  13. Scanner - Garden (Redux)

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Open £0.79
2 Experience £0.79
3 Drop £0.79
4 Waterbrush £0.79
5 Their Own Space £0.79
6 Fravaer £0.79
7 Rosa Rugosa £0.79
8 A Walk Through St James £0.79
9 Always Fading: Sedum Acre £0.79
10 Circles of Stone £0.79
11 Translucence £0.79
12 I Waited a Lifetime £0.79
13 Garden (Redux) £0.79
Entire MP3 Download Album (13 tracks) £7.00
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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Open £0.79
2 Experience £0.79
3 Drop £0.79
4 Waterbrush £0.79
5 Their Own Space £0.79
6 Fravaer £0.79
7 Rosa Rugosa £0.79
8 A Walk Through St James £0.79
9 Always Fading: Sedum Acre £0.79
10 Circles of Stone £0.79
11 Translucence £0.79
12 I Waited a Lifetime £0.79
13 Garden (Redux) £0.79
Entire WAV Download Album (13 tracks) £7.00