sound + art from portland, oregon
Luxus-Arctica International 2010
arctic/antarctic is a collection of songs centered around a series of guitar based improvisations. the first half, arctic, consists of the gradual folding and unfolding of melodies played on guitar and sustained through the use of a custom designed granular delay plugin. the asynchronous delayed notes are pitched both up and down resulting in organ-like textures. layered atop portions of arctic there are the playful sounds of hail on the exposed tines of a toy piano.
the first 1/3 of the antarctic portion is based on the slow shifting of loop points within a larger guitar loop. the rest of antarctic contrasts with prior sections. rather than using digital processes, this portion relies only on loops created using a system of modified analog cassette tapes. these cassettes were played back and rerecorded at a distance capturing some of the surrounding sounds such as cats moving about the room and hints of nearby construction.
arctic/antarctic can be downloaded here