Info Unfathomless U03 Lack Affix 
"Lack Affix"
by Nicholas Szczepanik & Juan Josť Calarco
Unfathomless (UO3)
"Through A Reminiscent Reagent - Szczepanik & Calarco"
"Altered Perceptions Of Past Experiences [edit] - Szczepanik & Calarco"

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fn issue October 2011
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Argentine sound artist Juan Josť Calarco is intrigued by the details of landscapes, the reverberations of distant events in interiors and metal-wooden structures, esp. out of focus perspectives. Washington DCís Nicholas Szczepanikís forays into recombinant style and form have been many and various already for one so young; his material derives from sources such as old keyboards, small record players and old microphones, squished by various tools. The two traded field recordings in constructing this glowering but not inhospitable collage, processing and mixing audio spoils from their respective areas jointly into a work of substantial clarity and particulate involvement.

Inside photos convey the nature of the places of capture of their dark materials - locations, atmospheres, of desolation and desertion from which a panoply of nocturnal reverberations and vague recollections ensue. Like some dim lit epiphany, the sites and events recorded rematerialise in these sonifications as if a pathway into a domain where the previously lifeless spaces now reappear infested with the trails of indeterminate spirits circulating here. Sounding at times not unlike graduates from the Francisco Lůpez finishing school, Szczepanik & Calarco propose complex audio collages, with a deal of exploration of frequency and dynamic spectra. Lack Affixís creaking doors, sub-aquatic gurgling and tidal rumblings adumbrate an industrial wasteland, albeit one whose truly caustic potential is disinfected with a light solution of echo aether. "Evacuating Somewhere to Nowhere" is filled with the metallic grind, piercing the air of a corroded cavernous space. "Through a Reminiscent Reagent" lurks in a similar, but stiller space - no movement, more like its shadow Ė aural tint more than musical sound. "Altered Perceptions of Past Experiences" starts with a collage of industrial moan, moving through chain rattling to well up and ebb out in a long, multitextured drone. Unsettling. In a good way.

Review by Alan Lockett


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