Friday, April 30, 2010

[top15] Guanxi - Pixel

Guanxi - Pixel
Label: Top 40
Catalog#: top15
Format: 6 x File, MP3, 320 kbps
Country: Russia
Released: 14 Apr 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient
Music by DS1984
Cover art by P_SH

Guanxi is an alias of DS1984 from South Korea, and today Pixel, his debut album of this newly acclaimed project, is presented exclusively on

Almost all songs on Pixel are based on an improvisation, then digitally cropped, spliced, diced and overdubbed. Subsequently, they are combined to create some form of coherency - reminiscent of mosaicism, an experimental and flotsam prism of production, something of a transitional state of mind. Stimulated by organic performances, which feature natural recordings taken and manipulated to form an exploration of composition, Guanxi focuses on the difference between natural and digital acoustics. Another point of interest in his work is the investigation of the myriad of errors arising from analog and digital systems. Common for all of Guanxi's artistic endeavors is a fascination of working on the limits of technologies when finding new material, pushing computers to the limit to obtain an aesthetic that emphasizes the imperfections of modern technology.

Pixel leads you to a drifting, encompassing musical travel - you're carried away with a lofty, almost spiritual grandeur of a spring morning hymns and fabled sweetness of meditative ringing bells, dissolved in a glitchy vibration. In contrast, you witness a swing of the cosmological pendulum, a never-ending story of a subtle and hidden beauty of environmental acoustic reiterations, charming and alerting at the same time. The extreme tenseness of seemingly relaxing compositions, the elastic bounciness of innermost subtle melodies makes the overall impression so sleepy, tidy and sedative yet intense and arousing at the same time - the unforgettable and so uncommonplace experience for an overflowed ambient stream of our musical landscape today. Don't miss it!

1. Lithersome
2. Galileo Galilei
3. Royal Jelly
4. Tundra
5. The Iron Curtain
6. Sea Elephant

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