Boomkat Product Review:
Since the age of seventeen, Houston-born Daniel Hipólito has been capturing, fragmenting, and reconfiguring his life experiences as Smokey Emery.
"Hipólito has become a well established fixture amongst many experimental and electro-acoustic music circles by releasing a myriad of dense ambient works comprised of dismantled field recordings reinvented through tape manipulation. Though moving transiently between cities for much of his adult life, Hipólito perpetually equips himself with a recording device to connect his geographically disparate chapters of life into meaningful vignettes of self reflective audio-journalism. Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense depicts a catalog of human conditions from multiple viewpoints and chronologies, allowing each composition to coalesce into a greater framework of substantive contextual meaning and expression.
The Soundtracks for Invisibility series is a compilation of pieces that conceptually center themselves around specific subjects and/or spaces; by integrating an array of recorded sounds from various perspectives and revealing them on vastly altered timelines, Hipólito is able to link multitudes of displaced moments into potently cogent soundscapes. In this way Smokey Emery utilizes time and substance as compositional elements that play an equal, if not dominant role to tonal relationship within the music's sonic architecture. Recorded and mixed while bouncing between ad hoc studios in Houston, Portland, Brighton (UK), San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Antonio, and finally Austin, the Soundtracks series archives the collages and audible nuances captured by Hipólito while exploring his frequently changing environments. Smokey Emery's oeuvre of work consists of hand cut reel-to-reel tape loops plucked from his own sound menagerie to be warbled, sped up, slowed down, or reversed and fused together with other loops undergoing unique but similar processes."