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Florian Hecker and Russell Haswell present their first major collaborative release since 2007's 'Blackest Ever Black' LP for Warner Classics.
'Kanal GENDYN' is their soundtrack to an unscored film, 'Kanal Video' by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli & David Weiss, which documents an hour long 'ride' through Zurich's sewer system as seen from the perspective of a remotely controlled maintenance vehicle. Their accompanying soundtrack was created using an abstract sound synthesis procedure called Dynamic Stochastic Synthesis - written by Xenakis in the 1990s and here using the version implemented by computer music pioneer Alberto De Campo - which essentially 'creates sound from nothing' by methods of Pure data analysis.
They realised and performed the soundtrack in 2004, intending their combination of sound and film to reflect the 'tunnel vision' feeling of much Techno club and rave projections from the '90s - and also nodding to Heinrich Kluver's accounts of Mescaline trips experienced in the 1920s - in effect taking wormholing visuals to the next dimension. Aesthetically the meandering, morphing waveforms bear a strong resemblance to their previous works together - GENDYN is based on the UPIC sequencer employed on their 2007 and 2008 releases - but synced with the visual corollary the experience of their sound is intensified, pot-holing a mind-bending, subterranean labyrinth of discordant, intrepid sonics. It's not for the casual listener, but those searching for an intense, visceral thrill will discover much to get excited about.