Scanner - Warhol's Surfaces

Warhol's Surfaces

Scanner

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CD Album 9 tracks £9.99 Out of stock
Download Album (WAV) 9 tracks £7.00
Download Album (MP3) 9 tracks £7.00
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Scanner - Warhol's Surfaces

A unique commission for German radio focusing on the life and work of Andy Warhol. It features rare telephone recordings he made mixed with site specific recordings and music.

Reviews

"SCANNER - WARHOL'S SURFACES (CD by Intermedium)
Robin Rimbaud has got to be one of the busiest guys in the sound
scene and his crossroads in the fine arts are plenty, including his
own work in sound installation. This is a quirky record using samples
of Andy Warhol interviews conducted in the early 80s. The recording
seems predicated on a quip, a Warholism that goes 'If you want to
know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface: of my paintings
and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it'. With
such folly Warhol may have manipulated his audience into
understanding that all taste is biased in a glossy, offset world,
maybe a bit cynical, with a ring of truth sharp as a razor's edge but
dull as day to day life. Scanner reconstructs the language of Warhol,
while his 'bored, art star' appeal remains intact. There are samples
of street sounds and other references to New York City throughout.
While there are dense moments where the artist seems directly
engaged, there are equal parts urban silences and low-tone mixes of
motors revving and horns honking. So, even though you may only have
to look at the surfaces, you will have to listen closely not to miss
the subtleties here. If you are at all familiar with the Big Apple
aesthetic this will be symbolic, or maybe even phantomlike in the
wake of 9/11. The de/remixing of Warhol's voice creates layers of
ambiguity as 'New York City Street Map' takes a sharp turn into the
village of unknown squirming echoes. 'Becoming Someone Else' starts
by using Warhol's lips as a swarm, duplicating finite syllables
repetitively. This take on the artist who met the public eye
unflinchingly, but with a calculated reticence, is quite haunting and
intuitive. In many ways Scanner has established yet another
unauthorized aural biography on a man behind the mask, someone who
boldly played the media machine in a less than glamorous field, until
he came along. The beats are jungle-like and hypnotic on 'Turning the
Dial'. German label Intermedium specialize in sound art productions
and this may be the recording that puts them on the conscious map for
works that blur genre lines and end up with a great collaboration
between sound and vision. (TJN)"
VITAL

Tracklisting

CD Album (REC17)
  1. Scanner - Camouflage
  2. Scanner - New York City Street Map
  3. Scanner - Becoming Someone Else
  4. Scanner - Turning the Dial
  5. Scanner - The Factory
  6. Scanner - Tomato Soup
  7. Scanner - Marilyn Four Times
  8. Scanner - Bringing Back a Past
  9. Scanner - Five Views of an Onion
Download Album (INTERMEDIUM REC 17)
  1. Scanner - Camouflage
  2. Scanner - New York City Street Map
  3. Scanner - Becoming Someone Else
  4. Scanner - Turning the Dial
  5. Scanner - The Factory
  6. Scanner - Tomato Soup
  7. Scanner - Marilyn Four Times
  8. Scanner - Bringing Back a Past
  9. Scanner - Five Views of an Onion