The surrealist theorem of the Cadavre Exquis was studied and applied by Rem Koolhaas since the beginning of his architectural practice. In a later variation it allowed different members of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture to work separately on different parts of a project and assemble them only later through group sessions.
This working method suited particolarly well the demands of the 1978 competition for the Dutch Parliament Extension in the Binnenhof complex (at the heart of The Hague), allowing the team (at the time composed by Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis and a fresh degreed Zaha Hadid) to interpret and stress the caothic historical development of the area.
The Binnenhof complex went through an uninterrupted process of architectural and programmatic trasformations, leading to a final condition in which incoherent stratifications and abrupt solutions cohexisted.
The competition’s brief asked for an extension to the Parliament and also offered the participants the opportunity to revise the symbolic meaning of the complex: a symbolic and physical separation was demanded between the chamber of the government and the chamber of the representatives, the politicians who are charged to supervise the governmental’s deliberations. Although it was supposed to simplify that urban sector, the competition actually implied a new layer of complexity to the site.
Angry red sky. Red light from a big screen diffused through pollutants in the air in downtown #beijing tonight. Air quality index 405 - “hazardous” - at 21:00 local time. Bicycled without my mask; have a headache. #pollution #smog #air #china #documentary #reportage @viiphoto
Proceeding missions into the no-mans-land of noise and jungle, Demdike Stare adopt a typically schizoid stance at House and Techno tempos on the 3rd Testpressing. Their A-side ‘Eulogy’ is a square bass devotional to the soul of deep Chicago and Detroit house, most notably the magic of Mr Fingers and Terrence Dixon. A constantly morphing, Escher-like bassline folds in and out of itself, accented with offset kicks and washed out with effervescent, barely-there synth strokes. It’s lip-smacking sunset/sunrise gear and a perfect set-up for the flipside shocker. Destined to become a classic in Demdike’s canon, ‘Dyslogy’ comes off like an early ‘Waveform Transmission’ or H&M bomb spanked by Anthony Shakir; an evil, droning intro ratchets the tension for martial kicks and darkcore chords before a feral breakbeat romps loose like the spirit of ‘93 unchained. They really don’t make ‘em like this any more…
Capsula in Avaria - Egisto Macchi (di giacomosquaquara)
This week’s mix is from musician Lee Noble who has had a ridiculously great 2013 thus far with two releases on Bathetic and a 12” reissue of “Darker Half.” He also runs the No Kings record label.
“This mix is heavy on East Asian music, with a few digressions. Look for cool patterns, space in-between notes, sun-dried synth tones, dusty-vinyl production value, and striking vocal choices. I’m trying to understand what the theme is here, but I don’t know. I really wanted to put all these songs together. There’s also a bonus kalimba / bell interlude by myself and Steve Molyneux mixed in here. ”
1. Reincarnation - Geinoh Yamashirogumi
This is the group who did the soundtrack for Akira. This track is from their previous album that “got them the job”. Longtime Akira fan, TJ Richards from Trabajo passed me these other tracks. I recently saw the vinyl edition for sale online for $800. I rewind to the part at :37 when the second melody comes in - OVER AND OVER!
2. Beloved Girlfriend (songsa Somlaunh Jet) - Sinn Sisamouth
His voice is incredible. This song has such a smooth, smoky vibe. He was killed by the Khmer Rouge. So sad!
3. Memory - D-Day
Japanese 80s band who made this one pretty cool record called Grape Iris. I love this recording, the production is so good, guitar tone, the bass, great vocals. Catchy.
4. Give Responsibility to the Son-In-Law - Soonton Chairoogruen
Steve went to Thailand a couple years ago and brought back a magical instrument called a Khaen, featured heavily in this track. What a JAM.
5. Dream of No Pillow - Tomo Akikawabaya
Seemingly there is no info about this artist, beyond a handful of limited self-released vinyls from the 80s. All artwork featured the same model Rena Anju, who is also in this excellent Yellow Magic Orchestra video and Tomo is also credited with sewing the outfits she wears in the photos. Really good romantic synth tracks, with these serious vocals. A few other songs on youtube. All great. Someone please send me links to some more mp3s!
6. Shunmin - Pale Cocoon
Another 80s Japanese band. Lots of nice interstitial synth pieces.
7. Part XVI (Bach) Remix #3 - Edward Artemyev
From the 1972 Solaris soundtrack. Really ahead of it’s time! Droney-Bach-Noise-Remix? What a maniac! Not to mention, earth shatteringly gorgeous. I often think of the shifting waves and colors and the foggy apparitions of the planet in the movie.
8. NCR - Ike Yard
Amazing rhythm patterns on this. Futuristic.
9. Dirge I - Laurie Spiegel
All her pieces have these beautiful rotating syncopated patterns.
10. Nakairiraigyo - The Kyoto Nohgaku Kai
Noh music intermission. Sparse! Dynamic!
11. unknown - Curtis Roads
Curtis is my uncle, and he does a lot of really beautiful and unique computer synthesis composition with microscopic sound particles and clouds. I can’t remember the name of this track, but I believe it’s a movement from his 1994 piece Clang Tint. It’s sort of atypical from many of his other pieces because it goes into these long tone passages at the end. Lovely.