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Collapsing Market poetically chart speculative zones between myth, science and the imagination with the first release on The Benchmark Files, a new series highlighting the work of local french underground artists. From found sounds to ambient zones, junglist edits to distilled vocal narration reminiscent of Anne-James Chaton, the whole thing has a dystopian mixtape vibe that's both evocative and unsettling.
Metta Sound Peace is the sound project helmed by Pierre Edouard Dumora, whose AV work has previously been shown at the Centre Pompidou and Yale Art Gallery. On ‘Zanclean’ he takes inspiration from the eponymous catastrophe event some 6 million years ago, when the Mediterranean basin was refilled by the Atlantic after 600,000 years as a salty stretch that allowed large mammals including primates to cross from North Africa into Europe. Dumora however sets this event in the future (a not so distant one, geologically-speaking), using a mixture of electronics, field recordings and voices - ranging from ASMR-like whispers and mouth sounds to scrambled text-to-speech and synthetic syrens - to limn this uncanny valley on the horizon.
Like a messenger dialled back in time to the age of extinction rebellion with a cryptic tale to tell, ‘Zanclean’ speaks of a world populated with myths and non-human entities, where furtive, hacked-up voices inhabit shadowy ambient space, machine-like voices converse in scrambled code and crystalline arps, and lush jungle fantazias appear like Ballardian mirages, where his careful use of textures and editing conjures the feeling of a world in flux between states from extreme dryess to puckered, bittersweet and salty, and all with a fine grasp of the new, new age consciousness.