Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Scott Solter plays Pattern Is Movement - Canonic

Download: Scott Solter plays Pattern Is Movement - "Blanched and Threshed"
Download: Pattern is Movement - "Maple"

Today, we present the first song, "Blanched and Threshed", from the most recent Hometapes release, Canonic, which is Scott Solter's remix of Pattern is Movement's 2005 LP, Stowaway, and the original song, "Maple", upon which it was based. Pretty different tunes, eh? The differences between the two records are vast and impressive. Both albums are fantastic, but in a lot of ways it's difficult to associate the one with the other. I'm not really much of a remix buff, but there were several other things about this project that interested me, not least of which were the people involved.

Followers of The 'Cropper will know that we've been fans of Pattern is Movement, Scott Solter, and Hometapes for some time, so we expected to hear a quality record from the get go. Further, I thought that Solter's role as engineer/producer of, Stowaway, would make for an interesting perspective as a remixer. He had been there for almost the entirety of the original songs creation, serving as a sort of midwife for PIM, and now he had the opportunity to pull apart and dimantle the artifact he had helped to construct. Actually, the more I think about it, that last sentence comes across as too destructive to me. To be sure, there's an aspect of this record that reminds me of a more frenetic, Disintegration Loops, but the album is not one of total decay, but rather one of Frankenstein style creation. The pieces of, Stowaway, are rearranged to form a hulking, lumbering monster of a sonic collage. At times the album can be soft and gentle, particularly the last track, "The Memory Of In Or Out", but for the most part, the record is large, heavy, and crashes around both the speakers and the room with abandon. This is true to the polyrhythmic strangeness of PIM, and to the sounds of, Stowaway, which segues nicely to my final point on this record, the ascetic nature of its material.

For, Canonic, the only source materials were the sounds of, Stowaway, no additional data was added. It's a testament to the studio wizardry of Solter that he was able to manipulate those original tapes in such a way as to create such an internally consistent, yet extremely different remix record from the original. It gives me visions of a hephaestusian soundsmith wrestling with tapes in his workshop as sparks fly around in the background. This must be how vulcanized rubber first came about, no?

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