Boomkat Product Review:
Sacred Tapes commit a head-flossing debut from Manchester-based agitant and co-curator of the Gesamtkunstwerk events; Simon McCluskey a.k.a. Vulj.
The piece is basically “a recording of a door and a voice mashed through an MPC app” for 95 minutes, improvised in-the-moment and reflecting an abrasive/meditative state of mind.
It has been noted by another Gesamtkunstwerk resident, Hess, that the piece bears a striking conceptual similarity with Pierre Henry’s Variations for a Door and a Sign (1968), but aesthetically Vulj’s work differs broadly in his more chaotic, freeform disarrangement, which sounds more akin to Chino Amobi and Maurizio Bianchi attempting to clamber out of a K-hole maze, and failing hard.