Discrete Machines – Supersnikeltip
This limited edition augmented audio CD is released under the artist name Discrete Machines so listeners can distinguish the sonic and visual experimentalism it embodies from the more melodic A Man Called Adam output its creators Sally Rodgers and Steve Jones are known for. Representing a sample of their innovative work as mixed media artists, these tracks span productions created in a ramshackle barn in Cornwall using an experimental arrangement of loudspeakers, a set-up that allowed them to move around the space picking up and putting down instruments as they recorded, to a bare, minimalist room in Yorkshire creating works using only mobile hand-held devices. As a reaction to the carefully constructed multi-tracking of song production, these pieces are raw, spontaneous and recorded in real-time onto a stereo tape recorder.
A Man Called Adam – What are words worth? As Tom Tom Club once asked, what are words worth? This discrete release from A Man Called Adam comprises of 4 tracks Sally and Steve have produced in recent months and is representative of a new direction in their creative output. Largely instrumental, the ep does contain a single vocal track but reflects an increasing disaffection with conventional lyricism and points to their interest in exploring chance operations and the sound-sense of language. The opening track ‘walker’ reconstructs fragments of time and melody to create a fluid, perambulatory wander into Reichean serialism. ‘Part of me which links’ and ‘cosa nova’ blend the nostalgia of custom built music boxes into a spacious waltz-time soundscape, while the ‘the list’ addresses what Jaques Derrida describes as ‘the originary violence of language’ inherent in the representative associations thrown up when we give a name to something. What are words worth anyway?