GARDEN_NIGHT

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GARDEN_NIGHT
Jamie Drouin & Lance Austin Olsen
catalogue IN030

This re-mastered Drouin & Olsen recording from 2003 is an intriguing document for two main reasons:

First, as an example of the initial Infrequency experimental music concerts we presented at the Martin Batchelor Gallery in Victoria, BC Canada – even though our audience often consisted of one person, in this case, local artist Jeffrey Allport.

Second, it is a reminder to Lance and myself that, no matter how far we feel our work has shifted over the intervening years, this early recording, made in a time of our relative naïveté (having only recently transitioned from visual artists to sound in 2000), and secluded from the outside sound art world, already contains a remarkable affinity to our current sensibilities.

In these regards, GARDEN_NIGHT becomes a two-way mirror – allowing us to simultaneously look back, forward, and through our oeuvre. We hope you enjoy the process as well.

KICK 1 & 2

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KICK 1 & 2
Jamie Drouin
catalogue IN029
20:00 minutes

KICK 1 & 2 uses the drum machine ‘kick’ to explore iterative sculptural forms in space when played on stereo speakers.

The source sound, a staple of electronic dance music, is detached from its usual framework to become an introspective physical object, interacting and expanding within the listener’s environs through the effects of concurrence of two or more sound events.

As with many of my recent works, KICK 1 & 2 is intended as a repeating sculptural installation for two speakers.

TWELVE SECTIONS FOR DF

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TWELVE SECTIONS FOR DF
Jamie Drouin
catalogue IN028
54:00 minutes

Jamie Drouin’s TWELVE SECTIONS FOR DF uses two identical high frequency sine tones in the left & right speakers with variable oscillation rates to create twelve distinct sculptural ‘shapes’ through their shifting relationship. The combination of high frequencies, and relatively low overall volume, places these shapes just on the edge of perception. Even during passages of complete silence the latent effect of the pitches still colour the listening experience.

CAUTION: for your hearing protection, play at average to low volume on speakers only.

THE TELLING

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THE TELLING
Lance Austin Olsen
catalogue IN027
39:54 minutes

“Before the end of my journey
may I reach within myself
the one which is the all,
leaving the outer shell
to float away with the drifting multitude
upon the current of chance and change”

Rabindranath Tagore.

Instrumentation – toy accordion, trainer guitar, voice, and amplified objects.
 
 

 
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FRAGMENTS OF INCIDENTS BARELY REMEMBERED

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FRAGMENTS OF INCIDENTS BARELY REMEMBERED
Lance Austin Olsen
catalogue IN026
33:38 minutes

The fragmentation of memory is a reoccurring theme in Lance Austin Olsen’s work. In fact, his body of work in both sound and visual artworks not only function as an ongoing diary, but also a constant folding and reevaluation of events from his life and immediate social landscape.

Fragments of Incidents Barely Remembered steps even deeper into this territory, combining Olsen’s very personal method of field recording, with his now immediately recognizable vocabulary of sonic mark making, to conjure a string of seemingly dislocated events into a captivating whole.

This new solo recording, or as Olsen prefers to call them: tone poems, pushes beyond a well-crafted, arching sonic narrative. It feels closer to how memory actually functions – brief fragments from our past pulled forward without our full control, offering a vague representation of fact, but filled with equal amount of fiction through the effects of time.
 
 

 
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SPECIAL EDITION

This release is also available in a small, handmade edition of 20 with original ink drawing by Olsen, vellum wrap, vintage family photograph, and archival CD-R for $20US including Worldwide shipping. Please contact us directly to purchase.
 
 
REVIEWS

It’s always tough to quantify, in this area of music, what it is that causes an immediate reaction in the listener, either drawing him in or putting him off. From the opening sounds of Olsen’s solo effort, the former applied; I believed what I was hearing, essentially. Hard to say further except that the sense of honesty and tautness seemed apparent up front, an impression not hurt by words from Olsen we hear early on: “I didn’t press the fucking thing. I’m a complete idiot. Let’s try again.” There’s probably also the fact that one senses a relatedness about the sounds employed over the work’s 34 minutes. Even as the scene shifts several times, there’s something of a sonic carryover that, however faintly, ties things together. From the opening machine-like noise (with birds), you hear dry metal sounds, sliding over one another, drifting into ticking that sounds mechanical here, cicada-like there, often with “secondary” sounds you might not notice on first blush but which provide great, and transparent, depth. Most of the action is quiet but fairly busy, a skittering, rustling set of noises, often against some soft, iterated sound (almost like a lawn sprinkler at times), subtly moving, offering a discernible, if undefinable, sense of particular locations, perhaps the “barely remembered” incidents of the title. This section leads to one mini-climax, followed by silence, then a recurrence of the sprinkler sounds and a gentle knocking about within a room, muttered curses, all highly evocative. The thin, prickly metallic elements exist alongside and within vaguely bubbling ones, a lovely grouping. Matters well up twice more, again clarity cohabiting with congestion, beautifully achieved, a mass of silvery sounds that ultimately explode from their confines and abruptly halt.

A greatly enjoyable, extremely well crafted and luminous recording, highly recommended.

Brian Olewnick | Just Outside