"An arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds"

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Below sea level

Typical. You wait months for a new Simon Scott record, only for three to turn up in convoy...in the space of a few days, a contrasting trio of releases linked by their evident sincerity, their richness of detail & depth - an immense & hugely subtle soundtrack collaboration with Dag Rosenqvist (aka Jasper TX: most recent LMYE coverage) on Low Point, an intricate, beguiling solo release for Slaapwel (previously on LMYE) & a touching acoustic/sung 7" for Sonic Pieces (previously).

"‘Conformists’ is a soundtrack album to the short film of the same name composed by Dag Rosenqvist (aka Jasper TX) and Simon Scott.

The origin of the album occurred when Dag was approached by filmmaker Juriaan Booij to provide music for a film he was planning to shoot. Before a single frame was committed to celluloid, the overview provided to Dag was to score a film about how group mentality rules us as humans.

Equipped with only this simple brief, access to a handful of storyboard images and stills from the film set, Dag decided to ask friend and colleague Simon to collaborate on the project. Through the long-distance exchange of files, ideas and half-finished tracks, ten pieces were completed for the film score.

The resulting soundtrack is music rich in subtlety and nuance. Matching the overarching themes of the film, an undercurrent of menace is present throughout, evoking the feeling of half-forgotten memories and imagery drained of its colour.

It should be noted that one of the strengths of ‘Conformists’ is that unlike many film scores, the album also works as an entity in its own right. It was uncertain for a time that the film was going to be completed. As a result of the artists’ creative juices flowing thick and fast, the album was completed as a collaboration based on a film they imagined would be made..."

""I fall asleep in the sunshine quite a lot listening to music and this was my initial inspiration for composing 'Silenne'. When I played the guitar loop to Dag Rosenqvist, aka Jasper TX, who was staying at my house in Cambridge he suggested I send it into Slaapwel. I was flattered and pleased he'd heard the narcoleptic qualities within this music which I further developed by adding complimentary sine waves from SuperCollider alongside MaxMSP processed vocals that ebb and flow together in the final mix that Taylor Deupree mastered. It generally takes me 33 minutes to drop off so I cut the loop at this mark hence the length of the track".

NB: Silenne edit featured in this mix of Simon's for Fluid Radio.

NB: Simon contributes "electronics'/programmed textures" to SWWW, alongside the likes of Aidan Baker & Hildur Gudnadottir.

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