Boomkat Product Review:
**Single sided LP with deluxe silkscreen print on the flipside** 'Dubbing & Doubling' is a very intriguing and impressionistic homage to the sound dynamics of skateboarding. The piece was conceived as an installation by Berlin-based sound artist and composer Andrea Belfi, using two speakers with cabs made from an old halfpipe to play back his re-scoring of a two minute skate video. It results a slow moving mass of rolling, vulcanized rubber-on-cement drones punctuated by wood-on-metal coping scrapes, clanks, and claps from sideline bro's which takes on a sort of wending, abstract narrative. Personally, I gave up skateboarding after a summer of skinning my palms when I was 14, but the percussive sounds of the skatepark and the accompanying video sessions still have an acute and strangely satisfying quality which has been captured very neatly here. For anyone who has either skated or even watched a skate video it will surely have a direct resonance, and even if you've never risked your knees and elbows to the thrill of rolling 4 inches off the ground, it should still have an uncanny impact. Andrea says: "I’ve been translating the sound of video from the language of Skateboarding into the language of Music. Then I created a musical structure looping these two minutes of music, with which I composed an eleven minutes long piece. This track has a strong narrative character, it is Cinéma pour l’Oreille. It is a one long movement, composed by many skateboard tricks. The ramp had been turned into sort of a speaking totems. The sound story coming through them, talks about the soul of the sound of skateboarding. The ramp changes its meaning throught the action of cutting. The skateboarding sound changes its meaning throught the action of dubbing. This revealed the deep value of repetition within the ritual of skateboarding."