Boomkat Product Review:
The second release in David Shea's Film Series following October's ace "AM/PM", "The Art of Memory" is a selection of sample-based material that overlaid Shea's collected sounds with music recorded with Belgian classical ensembles. Quite brilliant, and completely mad.
Based on a book by Francis Yates about the history of memory techniques, "The Art of Memory" is an album that uses our preconceptions of culture to inform our listening experiences. Shea uses snippets of classical music and disrupts them with movie samples or elements he'd procured from his travels through Europe and Australia. After reading Yates' book, he attempted to use the sampler as a type of "memory theater", connecting nicely with the pieces' ultimate usage in experimental cinema.
It's fantastically forward-thinking material that feels devious and contemporary - a cross between musique concrète and plunderphonics. By fusing his own memories - recorded performances with various ensembles in Brussels - with collective memories, abstracting the sounds by cutting into them and sculpting them carefully, he creates a narrative patchwork that's effortlessly engaging.