This album is a collection of live improvisations played on various synthesizers, some of them homemade, using audio scans of postcards mailed by visual artist B.G. Madden. In Madden's words:
"I've always been a fan of Richard Serra. Always in the back of my mind, an obvious relationship to ultra-black graphite. The weight, simply and relentlessly there.
"A buddy recently turned me on to Japanese architect Tadeo Ando. He takes Le Corbusier's brute aesthetic and materials and transforms them into a delicate study of ever-shifting light. I met up with friends over the holiday break and they were just back from visiting Ando's work in Naoshima, Japan.. The idea was presented that it would be amazing to see Serra's work in such an environment. The idea stuck with me.
"With my latest round of work I am trying to create the imaginary experience of such a mash-up, Serra and Ando. In my studio I've written in big bold letters 'NOT AN ILLUSTRATION.' The goal is to create the imaginary experience. I'm satisfied with the initial pieces and I'm glad I shared them because...damn if Suss Müsik didn't create the soundtrack for the experience.
"My music terminology is weak but here goes: I hear two opposing, dissonant forces: one in the high register; one lower. Dissonant and opposing, yes, but also complimentary in an oblique and non-obvious (counterintuitive yet seductive) manner. Is this not the soundtrack for the Serra/Ando experience? Taken further, the clicks, bleeps, static very much captures the texture and surfaces each artist employs.
"This music, as complimentary data, adds time, color and movement—all key elements for the Serra/Ando experience. This body of music also, to me, seems to require a similar frame of mind, or approach, when being experienced. There is something subtle happening at the very edge of perception which rewards those who are still and patient enough to look and listen for it."
~B.G. Madden, visual artist
released September 23, 2020
Cover art by B.G. Madden.
Thank you: B.G. Madden, Wm. Wolfgang Allen, Chris Koustourlis, David Toub, Marc Weidenbaum, Disquiet Junto, K9 DIY Synth class of summer 2020.