WHITELINE REVIEWS AUTISTICI’S "VOLUME OBJECTS"
December 29 2007
12k have pulled off yet another coup in the form of the UK's AUTISTICI, aka David Newman, who also finds time to curate and run the very fine Audiobulb imprint. Packed with highly charged and slightly eccentric creativity, Volume Objects is infused with a refreshing pallette of original sounds, culled from an inventory of found objects, broken instrumentation, field recordings, synthesisers, and doubtless a comprehensive armoury of software. The net result being a vigorous, organic 9- track ensemble of pieces that are as varied and inventive as can possibly be packed into one piece of shiny plastic. Volume Objects combines effusive, and energetically calibrated editing, with beautifully obtuse usage of instrumentation that could be the lost cousin of Future Sound Of London, during their "Life Forms" incarnation. Most of these sounds interlock for the briefest of moments, and in fact the whole Autistici aesthetic here seems to deny any sense of permanence, as sounds and images fleetingly appear, then dissipate like condensation on a window, or dust motes on a camera lens. Newman's attention to detail stands up to close scrutiny, particularly under headphones, where most of the tracks reveal hidden depths and subtle interventions, floating in and out of focus, shifting perspectives, and distorting windows. At a loss to find any true spiritual counterparts, I am reminded of The Boats, maybe,or Skoltz_Kolgen's recent Silent Rooms, as Autistici inhabit a dusty, slightly surreal netherworld of broken gramophones, decaying violins, and quietly muttering showroom dummies – anachronistic elements that are suddenly and inexplicably fused and merged within the digital realm, conjoined for the briefest of moments, creating glimmers of rare beauty. Singling any one track out for celebration is pointless, as every one here is a gem, but for me, the curiously entitled Heated Dust on a Sunlit Window, and the wonderful Attaching Softness to a Shell emerge as personal favourites, especially the latter's compelling mix of phone-tone slides that sound like the telemetry of some lost satellite, whose last whispers are still transmitting through the ether. Housed in 12k's classic and superbly designed digipak, with a booklet containing Taylor Deupree's photographic interpretations of the tracks on offer, this work is truly exceptional.Here, 12k have once again released an artist whose work departs from their original brief – as this is most definitely not minimalism in any shape or form; however, what we do have is the emergence of an artist whose work will no doubt be imitated and plundered forsome time to come, such is the strength and depth of it's creativity. 12k have most assuredly saved the best release of the year until the end..a fine departure from 2007, and most certainly a label and artist to stand up and pay attention to. More please. BGN