Boomkat Product Review:
The starting point for composer Robert Curgenven's work is his Transparence dubplate, developed as part of the O'A.I.R. Artist In Residence program at O'Artoteca, Milan. The dubplate was created from feedback recordings that were run through the O' gallery space, resulting in a drone signal capturing the subtle resonances of the room. Curgenven uses the dubplate as an instrument in its own right, played back into another space as a means of interacting the original Transparence signal with the acoustics of its new playback venue. Further complicating matters, Curgenven's dubplate is of course in a constant state of decay, in that every time he plays the signal the stylus erodes at the vinyl surface. On this album you can hear the composer at work, utilising the Transparence dubplate with all its all its booming bass and heavy crackle. You are in effect listening to the sounds of the turntable itself, with the faintest of drone sounds suggesting the original recording before the grooves had been so heavily abraded. The pieces here document two months of touring and capture Curgenven's sound in various stages of its decomposition. Additional layers of site-specific feedback help keep the recordings fresh and interesting from location to location, and the themes of decline and disintegration operate within the same sort of poetic parameters as William Basinski. Highly recommended.