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This album is quite gentle I hope, with a few exceptions. In the last years I have been commissioned audio pieces under remarkable circumstances and I did not want to loose them to rotting hard drives. As the album title states, it is about work. Writing, performing, handling music is work. I mean that in an absolute Marxist sense. The works were written for a specific purpose like radio, theater, classical ensemble, contemporary dance, installations, film and video work. With permission of the commissioners the pieces have been thoroughly reworked for this release and are now compressed "moods" of the originals or some are processes and combinations. Making this release was more complicated than expected and made me think about "composition" in general and how I perceive it. I drew it out on the cover artwork: position - sound - composition. Along the process it manifested the practice of sculpting audio, my process of "writing" music is closer to poetry or sculpture than the one of a classic composer or musician. Important steps like research, thinking, building a context, forming a position, collecting sound within the context, sound design, purpose, attitude, politics and eventually crafting something that is narrative or listenable in the format it is presented. I spent a lot of time finding the right tracklisting to allow a dynamic interesting listening experience of the entire work. As an electronic composer I used diverse sampling techniques, field recordings, my voice and multiple layers of digital processing and eventually mixing and mastering. One will hear machine sounds like an East German grass cutter, a 3D food printing machine, syringes, bells, human chatter, one will hear the endangered tree-dwelling mammal species Indri "singing" a song, sonified mushrooms going wild, mycelium compositions, police dogs smelling data, ice hockey recordings from the ice court in Hailuoto (Finland), where kids play all winter only when they do not play Fortnite, one can hear rural field recordings and my body amplified with a contact microphone. Melody on this record is minimal and derived from the field, rather led towards dissonance as a form of resistance to harmony. Thanks for listening, Listening is a political activity and is the ground work for justice.
Finally, I want to thank radio ORF & Elisabeth Zimmermann, Nanotechnology Center INL & exhibition space gnrations Braga, the choreographer & dancer Sergiu Mattis, Deutschlandradio Kultur & Marcus Gammel, Christine Mellich from Konzerthaus Berlin, artist/builder Dasha Herwitt & Universität der Künste Berlin, curator and cultural fascilitator Luis Costa & Binaural Nodar, interdisciplary artist, smell designer & film maker Leanne Wijnsma, Anna Ramos & Radio MACBA and many more for giving me work.
released June 14, 2019
composition, editing, mastering AGF
some source material credited per track,
more information, scores will be added over the next 2 weeks
AGF ✸ poemproducer ✸ Antye Greie-RipattiHailuoto, Finland
audio sculptress performing as AGF, poetess and new media artist Antye Greie-Ripatti utilises language, sound, politics & explores speech within the audible depths of anti-rhythmic post-internet assemblages @poemproducer *
supported by 14 fans who also own “commissioned work”
“With Julius, he was based in repetition, but here was a spirit of openness and improvisation. His scores, if they were written out that way, were often like jazz scores. He loved multiplying instruments – four pianos, ten cellos – so there was a real feeling of the presence of the instrument, not just using an instrument in some kind of equation, as a means to an end.” ~ Mary Jane Leach
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supported by 11 fans who also own “commissioned work”
this album has given me one of the most impactful musical experiences I've ever had. It was driving me crazy while I was listening to it, but somehow it managed to hook me, so I couldn't help but listen to it again and again and again. If it isn't art in its true form, then I don't know how to call it. Ivan Seal and The Caretaker, thank you for releasing this masterpiece. deebrok