Σάββατο, 27 Οκτωβρίου 2007

στο φως


σκατοβδομάδα.
σήμερα το πρωί πέτυχα τυχαία αυτό το άρθρο της san francisco bay guardian για ένα μέλος των tussle που πριν από λίγες μέρες κυκλοφόρησε το προσωπικό του άλμπουμ ως arp. μπορεί το σκέτο [και μάλλον αδιάφορο] arp να μην αρκεί για να ψάξεις να βρεις το δίσκο, όταν όμως τον άνθρωπο πίσω από το project τον λένε αλέξη γεωργόπουλο, τότε μάλλον είναι λόγος να το αναζητήσεις. το άρθρο είναι το παρακάτω, ολόκληρο το άλμπουμ υπάρχει
εδώ [το ανέβασαν στις 26.10, μην δώσεις σημασία στη βαθμολογία].
A setting sun, bisected by clouds, hovers over darkening ocean waves on the cover of In Light, the first album by San Francisco's Arp; the title, drawn in slim neon-tube cursive by San Francisco artist Tauba Auerbach, is suspended from the upper left-hand corner of a tangerine and gold sky. The summer sun happens to be setting outside the upper Guerrero living room window of Arp's Alexis Georgopoulos as he talks about this image (partly inspired by the melancholic found-film cosmograms of visual artist Tacita Dean) and how it relates to the music on the album, which will be released by the Oslo label Smalltown Supersound next month.
"An overwhelming number of people still tend to think of electronic music as being cold," Georgopoulos says while sitar notes from an LP quietly resonate through his and roommate Kathryn Anne Davis's blue-walled apartment, where a large chunk of coral rests on a clear Plexiglas coffee table. "I wanted to make something that was warm, that had human qualities, that was a little worn, and that — along with the imagery of the record — dealt with memory, the degradation of memory, and revisionist memory. I also wanted to make something that referenced landscape and light and natural things in a way that wasn't new age." I point to a fat tome about the proto–new age label ECM on a nearby bookcase, which Georgopoulos built. "Proto–new age music, if you select carefully, can be amazing," he responds. "Even the kernels of early sequencing in Ash Ra Tempel sound really radiant."
If a new age of electronic music spanning from San Francisco to Oslo is dawning (or setting), then Georgopoulos — a chief member of Tussle until just after the group recorded last year's Telescope Mind (Smalltown Supersound) — has taken it to the bridge and maybe even been the bridge. In 2002, after writing about the graphic design of Smalltown Supersound's Kim Hiorthøy for Tokion, Georgopoulos — who edits the music section of SOMA magazine and sometimes contributes to the Guardian — offered to put together a Bay Area showcase at Club Six for the label. "I don't think he had done anything like that before; he just wanted to have us over, which was very generous," label owner Joakim Hoaglund recalls via e-mail before turning to a discussion of his and Georgopoulos's latest collaboration. With Arp, "it's a relief [for me] to do a small personal project. Maybe it's just me, but I feel [In Light] has this great and unique mix of US West Coast art and culture with European avant-gardism and kraut rock. It's a very special album."
Clutter and clusters are on Georgopoulos's mind as we discuss music and its surroundings. "I was a huge stacker [of books and records]," he says when I mention his well-ordered home studio. "But I take after my mother — she's very neat and feels like she can't do the work she needs to do unless things are organized." The first-generation American child of parents from France and Greece, Georgopoulos has chosen the dreamy, maternal lull of a track titled "St. Tropez" to open In Light before "Potentialities" surges out of speakers (or from headphones) with a subtly rising force that's ultimately awesome to behold. Most of In Light's seven meditative tracks were first showcased in a 2006 group exhibition at New Langton Arts, where up to two listeners could climb into a feather bed enclosed in a small podlike space. "It wasn't cerebral. It wasn't about dissecting a suspended space," Georgopoulos says. "Though with a lot of [Arp]'s music, suspension is one of the effects I'm trying to create."
For Georgopoulos, Arp's state of suspension runs counter to different kinds of tension. While discussing his love for the analog organ-drum machine sounds employed by groups such as Cluster (a few of whose albums have just been reissued by Oakland label Water), Suicide, and Spacemen 3, he notes that "too much electronic [today] sounds like coke-related music." In contrast, Arp's electronic music is humane — a rarity not just in electronic music but also on the streets of San Francisco during the Gavin Newsom era, when homelessness has become more difficult and abject and attitudes toward it more hostile. "I can't remember the last time I left the house and didn't have a confrontation with a very disturbing sight, and after a long time that really starts to chip away at you," Georgopoulos says. "I drove a cab for four years, until 2004, and when I think about it I can't believe that I did. It suited my life at the time, but you're interacting with [people on] PCP, meth, and all kinds of shit — you just never know. Now that I don't drive a cab I'm hardly ever in the Tenderloin."
[η εικόνα από το artwork του άργους του κ.β.]