Radio Quarantine -Amnesia Scanner & Bill Kouligas – Lexachast (2019)

The explanation of this piece is worth cutting and pasting and I will below. This is apparently the soundtrack of an audio-visual performance that I’m going to have to try to see, Improvised music originally, overlaying an evolving series of randomly generated images… purposely unsettling images and artwork mixed with commonplace images. The intent, as I’d perceive it from the text, is to create cognitive dissonance and leave the viewer/listener in an unsteady place. The music does a fair job of that on its own, I’d say. I’d originally described it as the machinations of decay and erosion, as if we could hear all of life, right down to the cellular level.

“Lexachast is an ongoing collaborative work by Amnesia Scanner, Bill Kouligas & Harm van den Dorpel.

Initially birthed as a joint, improvised performance between Amnesia Scanner and Kouligas at the ICA, London in 2015, it was later recreated and extended with visual artist van den Dorpel into a 15-minute online-only audiovisual work – known simply as Lexachast. Since then, it has expanded into a live show that has been performed at Transmediale, CTM Festival, Unsound Krakow & Adelaide, Next and LEV Festival and during Paris Fashion Week in collaboration with the brand Ottolinger. Now to be released on PAN, is a new document of Lexachast in its current, full-grown form.

Whilst broadly inspired by the experience derived from and exposure to algorithmic patterns as generated by visual artist Harm van den Dorpel’s specially-devised program, the work is a sonic reference to the fallouts of avant-EDM and cyberdrone. This in turn is simultaneously mirrored by the perturbing visuals, created by a unique algorithm that sources and blends various filtered imagery from DeviantArt and Flickr in real time – with a bias towards the NSFW, extreme banality, and ornamental melancholia. The results were a perfect fit for the deliberate intention of non-intent, an anti-video of sorts, which ended up as a defining element for the project


released April 5, 2019

The artwork is created with Harm van den Dorpel’s ever-evolving, image-sourcing algorithm and it is mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.”

No, easily listening isn’t really my thing. It’s not out of my realm altogether, but it’s generally not what moves me. Perhaps I need to stick to German releases like this one to get my fix.

I’ve covered about 25 miles walking in the last three days. The movement has been therapeutic but there is still something not quite together. I will exercise it out. I will exorcize it. I will write it out. I will vomit it out in either bile or words.

I will be okay, until the moment i am not.

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