Debut recording from two troubadours of oppositional creep. Inspired by Philip K. Dick and the useless machines that haunt us all, Disfigured with Abbreviations is a roundtable exquisite corpse which crawls through a miraculous environment, at once sensual and sinister. How is it that the perpetual promise of a future lands us in a deeper quagmire? How do two gentlemen with scruffy vocabularies fall into a sonic landscape of such haunted beauty?
Following their debut live performance on the rooftop of a bakery in Northcote, Victoria in January 2018 Harwood and Hopkins soon set about making a recording. Initially structured with individual recordings placed on each other regardless of content and positioning. These works soon evolved into a rich labyrinth of found sound, field recordings, electronics and voice with all elements mapping out a landscape heroic in it’s embracing of utter failure.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi with artwork by MP Hopkins and Mark Harwood.
Available as 320kbp MP3 or 24bit FLAC
1. My Computer - 10:20
2. Dogon - 6:44
3. Nothing - 4:54
4. Local news - 6:43
5. Dilemma on page 43 - 8:06
Mark Harwood was born in Ferntree Gully, Australia and now resides in London, UK. He runs the publishing business Penultimate Press, which investigates forgotten/neglected audio and ideas. He has issued art books by Graham Lambkin, recordings by Henning Christiansen, music from radical French instrument builder Jacques Brodier, a rediscovered work of early minimalism by Dennis Johnson, the only known recordings by Danish artist Poul Gernes, and the two full-length recordings by Polish outfit Księżyc, amongst other works by Aine O’Dwyer, Pancrace, Joe McPhee, and many others.
Under the name Astor, Harwood deploys a wide variety of techniques including field recording, musique concrète, and electronics. All of these forms are approached with a sense of bypassing the cliches imbedded within in order to coerce a sound world which is simultaneously contemporary, foreign, beautiful, harrowing, and engaging.
Matthew P. Hopkins is a sound maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Hopkins employs a mixed bag of source material; prepared cassettes, found sounds, feedback, assorted electronics, processed voice, and occasional instrumentation, to produce work characterised by awry ambience, sombre refrains, hissing clunk, and odd atmospheres.
Hopkins has released recordings through Penultimate Press (UK), Vittelli Records (UK), Alberts Basement (AU), Canti Magnetici (IT), and Thalamos (GR).