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v1984

v1984
Pansori
Cat #: KNV005
Format: 12″ / Digital
Artwork: Maren Karlson
May 2017

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v1984, real name Christopher Ramos, is of Korean/Filipino descent and the title ‘Pansori’ reflects his Korean heritage. It has the dual translation of a ‘gathering place for sound’ and it specifically refers to traditional storytelling, which in turn is a neat description of the EP.

Musically the EP references both the classical music Christopher studied as a child and contemporary electronic music, but it’s shattered and smeared into unusual shapes that are, in the more abstract tracks, his musical interpretation of lucid dreaming. Even the club ready tracks have an element of the sublime, such as ‘Too Much’ which sounds like a synthetic take on the emotional soundtracks of Joe Hisaishi with crafted contemporary hip hop beats woven in, or the damp neon melancholy of ‘Aria of Dawn’ which colours a mood with a simple gentle glassy melody over tip-tapping drums.

As with every Knives release, visual communication is an integral part of this project. Berlin-based Maren Karlson’s illustrative practice is absurd, technically sharp and walks a fine line between beauty and the corruption of aesthetics. Maren has provided the artwork for ‘Pansori’, and these traits align perfectly with Christopher’s compositions. Christopher says of the EP’s imagery: “There was something immediately beautiful, yet maybe a bit unsettling as well, that felt quite tangible to me and resonated within my work. For me, the image depicts some of these moments, between the real and unreal, like lucid dreaming.”

SPfiNAL-TAP-re-JUVENescence - v1984/Pansori/KNV005
Too Much - v1984/Pansori/KNV005

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.