back in stock as of
june 17th, 2009
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april 23rd, 2008
|23five incorporated (usa) #23five 012 cd|
chop shop “oxide” compact disc
|april 2008 release ; surprisingly, the first full-length cd from scott konzelmann’s chop shop, known far & wide (or, at least within influence-shot of the rrrecords shop up in lowell) for his 1991 double 10” ep “steel plate” (which blew my mind upon discovering during one of my many mid-90s pilgrimages up to rrron’s) ...|
a single 49-minute tape-construct, “oxide” covers similar ground as some of jason lescalleet’s recent work (the jumble of discarded 1/4” tape that makes up the booklet/tray-cart art tells all) - deep, immersive work concerned with certain aspects of decay/erosion ...
|23five incorporated press release...|
chop shop is the moniker of new york based sound artist scott konzelmann, whose activities have comprised installations featuring his speaker construction assemblages and sonic compositions since 1987. there have been plenty of micro-edition cd-r releases, 2 noted 3”cds for the prestigious v2 label, several old school cassettes, a handful of singles, and two legendary 10” vinyl productions. one of which was a double 10” bound in roofing tar strapped to a plate of steel. the other was a split 10” with small cruel party, which was literally chopped in half and assembled on the listener’s turntable at their needle’s peril. 23five incorporated is delighted to present oxide, the long overdue full-length cd from chop shop.
konzelmann’s sound and noise are intrinsically connected to his sculptural objects. forged from repurposed junkyard fragments fitted with functional loudspeakers, these objects compress and articulate particular frequencies into hissing static, jet-engine drones, and noxious rumbles, all of which retain a metallurgist residue. such were the sounds on the original analogue tapes of oxide; unfortunately, those tapes had endured what konzelmann merely qualifies as “an unhappy accident,” which caused extensive and prolonged moisture damage to the tapes. in revisiting these tapes, konzelmann discovered drop-outs and print-throughs, as ghostly noises shadowed his muscular drone music. the tape itself had also begun to crumble during playback, making an eerily similar parallel to william basinski’s disintegration loops. however, chop shop does not share basinski’s melancholy theatrics, and oxide dials in a proper dose of distilled contemporary sonic dead-tech mantra through a leaden stream paralleling the hafler trio’s intoutof.
|founded in 1993, 23five incorporated is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and increased awareness of sound works in the public arena, and to the support and education of artists working with and discussing the medium of sound. for the past 14 years, 23five incorporated has remained at the forefront in bringing the most adventurous elements of sound art to the san francisco bay area. 23five has served as an important benefactor to artists such as john duncan, christina kubisch, francisco lopez, achim wollscheid, matt heckert, zbigniew karkowski, atau tanaka, and many more. |