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Geisteswissenschaften
Koons (2006), 3m04s [excerpt]
Track 1 from Geisteswissenschaften
CD: No Type (2007) IMNT 0715

“Today, when we can eat Tex-Mex with chopsticks while listening to reggae and watching a YouTube rebroadcast of the Berlin Wall’s fall - i.e., when damn near everything presents itself as familiar — it’s not a surprise that some of today’s most ambitious art is going about trying to make the familiar strange. [...] Whatever charge of tastelessness or trademark violation may be attached to the artistic appropriation of the media environment in which we swim, the alternative — to flinch, or tiptoe away into some ivory tower of irrelevance — is far worse.” (Foster Wallace, as “plagiarized” by Jonathan Lethem in The Ecstasy of Influence, Harper’s Magazine, February 2007)

This first solo CD by composer A_dontigny (morceaux_de_machines, Napalm Jazz, Ensemble Camp…) has been deliberately conceived to be in the margins of electroacoustic music, electronica and audio art.

Thought up as a series of short sarcastic vignettes, Geisteswissenschaften skilfully manipulates common aesthetic postures in order to create a sound mosaic where one can find hints at modern art history and philosophy. To an arsenal of cut-and-paste and cut-ups, to which we may include encoding glitches and all matter of samples and quotes, A_dontigny adds the sonic interventions of three of his usual collaborators: Paul Dolden (electric cello, guitar and bass), Diane Labrosse (sampler) et Jon Vaughn (remix).

An ode to freedom? A manifest against all dogmas? That’ll depend on the mood of the listener. In the end, Geisteswissenschaften wishes to be a celebration of independance of spirit and human intelligence, one of those rare works that continue to be nourished by great hopes.

Track Listing

    • 1
      Koons (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m04s
    • 2
      Pruitt-Igoe (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m05s
    • 3
      Tatline (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m33s
    • 4
      Aufbau (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m09s
    • 5
      Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m22s
    • 6
      Quelque chose d’informel (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m41s
    • 7
      Color Field (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m15s
    • 8
      Gutai (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m58s
    • 9
      Recollection of Similarity (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m04s
    • 10
      Begriffsschrift (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m00s
    • 11
      Crowding Into the Behavioural Sink (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m07s
    • 12
      Holzwege (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m48s
    • 13
      Turner (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m27s
    • 14
      All-Over (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m16s
    • 15
      Wirkungsgeschichtesbewusstsein (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      6m26s
    • 16
      Mathesis (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m41s
    • 17
      Crowding Into the Behavioural Sink (Jon Vaughn’s Rondo Mix) (Jon Vaughn, remix) (2006)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m21s
Total duration: 60m29s