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d’Eon

d'Eon
Foxconn / Trios
Cat #: KNV003
Format: 12″ / Digital
Artwork: Tobias Madison
November 2015

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‘Foxconn/Trios’ is a previously unreleased record originally recorded by d'Eon in 2012 during their time of involvement with the Hippos In Tanks label. While d’Eon’s past releases have been varying in genre, a unique aesthetic has nonetheless emerged. Though the new release consists of compositions not entirely unheard (tracks have previously popped up in their mixes), the density created by the release’s overall form showcases ‘Foxconn/Trios’ as a completely new side of d’Eon. Presented here is a mutated micro-strain of that d’Eon aesthetic extracted and radically over-intensified, employing a distilled version of their sound pallet but bent into entirely new shapes. On first listen structure and tempo steal focus from the tracks’ varying instrumentation, presenting a more singular expression than d’Eon’s previous releases... The songs are presented as simply out of this world. Its nearest contemporaries however, could be the audio-materialist studies of Mark Fell, post ‘Oversteps’ Autechre, late period OPN, or Lorenzo Senni.

'Foxconn/Trios' is accompanied by a work from Swiss artist, Tobias Madison, whose practice often involves collaborative projects whilst themes in the work itself suggest a staunch independency and celebration of self-organisation. Madison's roles are varied (artist, curator, client), as are the mediums he works in. Video, text and installation are regularly used as tools for continuous recording, distribution and thinking. Tobias Madison is represented by Freedman Fitzpatrick (LA) and Galerie Francesca Pia (Zürich).

Transparency Part III Part ii - d'Eon/Foxcon / Trios/KNV003
Samsung India Software Operations II - d'Eon/Foxcon / Trios/KNV003

Kuedo

Kuedo
Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence
Cat #: KNV002
Format: 12″ / Digital
Artwork: Joshua Petherick
July 2015

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Jamie Teasdale, best known as Kuedo, makes a timely return with the sci­fi designed ‘Assertion of a Surrounding Presence’ ­ his first solo release proper since 2012, and the 2nd issue on his fledgling Knives label after J.G. Biberkopf’s ‘Ecologies’. His celebrated production style remains anterior to modern dance music and electronica, largely by virtue of unbending futurist focus and careful attention to detail. Here flanked by collaborations with erstwhile Vex’d partner, Roly Porter, plus Berlin’s Phoebe Kiddo a.k.a. Mind:Body:Fitness, and Canada’s Egyptrixx, the next chapter in Kuedo’s odyssey expands his sci­fi dimensions with ever sharper contouring gradients, and hyperreal spatialisation structured around recalibrated footwork, drill and techno engines. Scaling from the vertigo­inducing opener to a finale of panicked gamelan drama, ‘Assertion of a Surrounding Presence’ renders Kuedo’s most affective, elaborate reflection of a nowness, divining a metaphysical, cybernetic zeitgeist in the vaulted reverb structures of his Ghost In The Shell nod, ‘Eyeless Angel Intervention’, or the trance fluid T­2000 techstep momentum of ‘Boundary Regulation’, whilst pursuing more tangled emotions and ethereal sensations in the recursive, hyaline gamelan cadence of ‘Border State Collapse’ and ‘Event Tracking Across Populated Terrain’.

Providing the visual framework for 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' is Joshua Petherick. Petherick works across a variety of media, including video, textiles, sculpture and sound, creating esoteric puzzles which often re-contextualise objects and materials using a mixture of both digital and anolog processes. Addressing the complexity of function, his work, like Kuedo's, plays with a sense of the uncanny - fracturing object or image, whose role is questioned and ultimately framed as a residual artifact in an ongoing sequence of possible outcomes. Joshua Petherick is represented by Croy Nielsen (Berlin), Minerva, (Sydney), and Robert Heald (Wellington).

Vertical Stack - Kuedo/Assertions Of A Surrounding Presence/KNV002
Boundary Regulation - Kuedo/Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence /KNV002

KNV002B

Joshua Petherick
Artist Edition
Cat #: KNV002B
Edition: 50, numbered
Format: 841 x 594mm, Fujiflex
August 2015

Limited artist edition by Joshua Petherick, produced as part of Kuedo's 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' project. The A1 sized edition is specially printed on Fujiflex - a reflective silver halide color printing material on a super glossy resin base. Each edition is signed and numbered by the artist, and printed full-bleed.

J G Biberkopf

J.G. Biberkopf
Ecologies
Cat #: KNV001
Format: 12″ / Digital
Artwork: Joe Hamilton
June 2015

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J. G. Biberkopf’s work spans club, theatre and digital radio contexts. The tracks here float between cyberambience and slamming rhythmic constructions; distant trails of web-filtered grime, and beatless studies of net phenomenology. His collage compositions are intended as a field trip into the represenations of nature that emerge from the digital-social media scape. He says of the project’s inception, that he was intrigued by an oddly “naive idea of nature that seemed strikingly prevalent in my social environment.. I was curious to know how these simulations of Nature work in digital media, how do we do experience these simulated materials”. J.G. Biberkopf appears as part of an newly emergent wave of intensely thoughtful, rhythmically physical, net-aware young artists, such as v1984 and Sentinl.

Exploring similar themes to Biberkopf within his practice is Australian visual artist Joe Hamilton, who also employs technology and found material in order to create complex and intricate environments - both offer an experience which is oddly romantic; stripped of it’s tangibility, yet provided with a synthetic vitality. Hamilton’s multimedia project, ‘Hyper Geography’ (2011), is cited by Biberkopf as a key influence in the development of ‘Ecologies’. These work analogously in investigating evolving relationships with our immediate, often juxtaposed, environments and the concept of nature within an age of an increasing, network based interdependence. Here, Hamilton provides visual reference to ‘Ecologies’ with a new work for the record sleeve.

Air. Coltan. Carbon. Lithium. - J G Biberkopf/Ecologies/KNV001
Waters - J G Biberkopf/Ecologies/KNV001

KNV001B

Joe Hamilton
Artist Edition
Cat #: KNV001B
Edition: 20, numbered
Format: 841 x 594mm, Fujiflex
July 2015

Limited artist edition by Joe Hamilton, produced as part of J.G. Biberkopf's 'Ecologies' project. The A1 sized edition is specially printed on Fujiflex - a reflective silver halide color printing material on a super glossy resin base. Each edition is signed and numbered by the artist, and printed full-bleed.

Jlin

JLIN
Dark Energy
Cat #: ZIQ356
Format: 2xLP / CD / Digital
March 2015

As the popularity of Footwork has continued to soar, the range of sounds within the genre has expanded. From the angular, minimal beats of RP Boo to the widely admired sound of DJ Rashad, the genre has continued to innovate. Gary based producer Jlin, known for her track “Erotic Heat” (Bangs and Works Vol.2 – Planet Mu 2011), or her providing music for fashion designer Rick Owens’ F/W 14 Paris runway show, presents an eleven track debut album “Dark Energy” showcasing her unique and bold new sound. Her track titles are as evocative as the music is intense and hint at deeper themes – “Black Diamond”, “Guantanamo”, “Abnormal Restriction”. She notes “The titles I chose are based off failing and learning.” Album track “Expand” also features a vocal from another important female artist – respected experimental West Coast producer Holly Herndon whom Jlin has been collaborating with. “Dark Energy” is so called because of where it came from and how it came to be; the dark monolith on the cover also encapsulates it – “This album took my entire life to make. Every moment in my life lead up to this album. My musical sense of expression comes from sadness, and anger. I can't create from a happy place. It seems pointless in my opinion. I don't make the tracks as much as I feel them. Creating for me is about feeling and impact.” The album was project managed by Knives, including music supervision and art direction.

Erotic Heat - Jlin/Dark Energy/ZIQ356
Expand ft. Holly Herndon - Jlin/Dark Energy/ZIQ356
Video directed, shot and edited by Keith Deverell
Featuring Lilian Steiner
Clothing by Verner
Styling by Emina Dzananovic
Hair and makeup by Amy Butcher
Produced by Knives