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KNV004

J. G. Biberkopf
Ecologies II: Ecosystems of Excess
Cat #: KNV003
Format: LP + Book
Artwork & Texts: Maximage, Deforrest Brown Jr.
November 2016

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‘Ecologies II’ is dense, flowing with ideas and sonic undercurrents, made for deep listening. The album itself is an assemblage of field recordings that are manipulated and fused with digital programming, melody and design to startling effect, resonating with power. The album is like a supple, accelerated take on musique concrète and its techniques, subsumed into the digital realm, to the point where it’s hard at times to work out where the digital and the real start and end, but at others, the contrast is violent and raw.

There’s drama and melody in the music; there’s implied narrative. The album is of course indebted to some of the familiar tropes of club music but only in the sense that its forms are a starting point. The familiar use of melodies and the driving energy are forced to breaking point and intensified, escaping easy categorisation or perfunctory uses. But that’s not all. Tracks such as the melodic ‘Dust’ stop and start with trapped sampled voices underpinning the lush strings, ‘Preacher’ throws the pleading of a minister into a tense mesh of flickering voice and pumping heartbeat-like kick drum. Other parts are more or less ambient, such as ‘Irreversible. Black Atlantic.’ where underwater recordings exhibit creaking depth, against a swelling horn part. Other tracks seem to be ecosystems of their own. It’s a complex album rewarding repeated listening.

The narrative of the LP is extended further via a book housed in the record’s packaging. The book includes an essay based on the concepts behind the LP, by New York based writer DeForrest Brown Jr. (NPR, Rhizome, Tiny Mix Tapes). The sleeve and book are designed and illustrated by cult design studio Maximage, who have won numerous awards and residencies based on their exploration of colour, typography and psychedelic forms of publication design.

View a video for ‘Dust’ here. Click the screen to toggle Deforrest Brown Jr.’s essay to and from viewing mode.

From Infinity To Here - J. G. Biberkopf/Ecologies II/KNV004
Transfiguration II: Amplification - J. G. Biberkopf/Ecologies II/KNV004

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