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[remix.reflector] Noncompliance by Tuonela

I’ve been graced by a Tuonela remix before, and this time around it’s another (inter)stellar reinvention. He’s put me into a Cuisinart alongside a track by the sublime German sound artist Analoc, and the results are a blippy glitchy trippy heaven.

Tuonela’s track notes:

For Disquiet Junto Project 0190: Missed Connections

Noncompliance [disquiet0190-missedconnections]

I hadn’t listened to any of last week’s Junto works, so I chose two tracks quickly without listening to any, based solely on what I already knew of the work of their creators:

WestyReflector – C-swells

and

Analoc – 0815-disquiet-junto-189-fripps

I looped an excerpt of about 18 seconds from the first (runs from 1:15 to 2:45) and one of about 1.5 seconds from the second (runs from 0:07 to 2:10) Both of these are fairly primitive, with annoying clicks which I tried to disguise. (I was working in a hurry).

I mixed both original complete tracks together and fed the result into ambient v.0.3 This runs from beginning to end.

I also processed the mixed track in an Audacity plugin called Convoluter. This was used twice, once forward and once in reverse. It provides the blips and bloops, beginning at 0:17 and ending at 2:37)

Not sure if both loop layers were supposed to run throughout (they don’t) and I added two layers in step 5 instead of one, so I haven’t obeyed the instructions to the letter – hence the tongue-in-cheek title.


[a few words on] Tuonela: Blue Mountain Ice Reflections

Tuonela (soundcloud, bandcamp), a sound artist and self-described “primitive musician” out of Katoomba, Australia makes sounds using “very basic software.” With no synthesizers and “no idea how Ableton works,” he produces and processes wonderful sounds, and for someone so prolific, his work still exhibits no sameness, jumping across modes and always somehow making the “epic” look, well, effortless. At the same time, Tuonela has a singular style, one that offers transcendence and earthiness all at once.

Tuonela created and yesterday alerted me to the remix posted above of my January 2015 Disquiet Junto ice challenge contribution, and as expected, he found hidden spaces and mysteries and narrative in my track that I never thought existed.

We connected a couple years ago through the Disquiet Junto, from whence have come many of my most interesting musical nodes these days. The sheer volume and unwavering quality of his output have become welcome additions to my feed. I can’t keep up, but that’s ok, because fate has intervened often enough to create a bond. Early on in our interactions, Tuonela’s heartfelt enthusiasm for my stock-and-trade rock ‘n roll was a catalyst for me to continue experimenting with the challenges in the Junto and exploring my nascent fluxus-driven ambitions.

No doubt his eschewing of Abelton and, for that matter, most of the emerging tools of sampling-era electronica, contribute to the accessibility of his work (at least to this 20th century relic author). Make no mistake, this is digital art, but of the type that peels itself back to reveal some of the human hand. No algorithms (or any number of monkeys at typewriters) left to their own devices would take us on his journeys or arrive us at his destinations.

Tuonela less writes “songs” and more creates “landscapes.” Valley Suite, a July 2014 release “sonically inspired by the majesty and mystery” of his Katoomba, Australia home and the surrounding Blue Mountain Range, is ancestral, modern, celebratory, cerebral and expansive all at once. The closing track, Megalong Morning, is 15-minutes of restrained and meditative drone, a wonderful reflection of the peace found at the summit of a rock climb, perhaps, or that sense of awe at the edge of your own land’s Grand Canyon:

The Valley Suite record falls in with my own predilection for Tuonela’s quieter side. His contribution to the Junto’s sonicvoid challenge to soundtrack a silent film was a highlight for me in that collection of contributions:

And the titles of his tracks are their own font of inspiration.

In any event, check out Tuonela here:
soundcloud
bandcamp