REVIEW: HEADPHONE COMMUTE (US)
Opening a little small black cardboard packet I am greeted with a warning – “please do not use headphones for playback”. With this a bit unusual packaging for 12k, I choose to follow the advice – the last time my brain caught a null pointer exception was when I accidentally used headphones for Florian Hecker‘s Acid In The Style Of David Tudor
– not recommended. Meanwhile, Giuseppe Ielasi‘s 2009 album, Aix
was covered on Headphone Commute and featured in Best of 2009 : Music For Sonic Installations In The Cavern Of Your Skull. So, my curiosity is already awake. On Tools
, Ielasi takes the study into the physicality of everyday objects even further. Each track is titled after the object from which the sounds were made – “Cooking Pan”, “Tin Can”, “Polystyrene Box” – each a simple every day object, with a basic material from which it was made. The collection of seven pieces nods to material produced strictly for sampling or live performance by artists and DJs – Tools
is kit of items that’s meant to achieve a task without being consumed in the process. The process, however, is the result of this experimental 20-minute EP. Synthetically folding cooking pan, like a sheet of metal, Ielasi extracts the objects interaction with air pressure. My favorite, of course, is a Rubber Band – who hasn’t played with this amazing instrument in school, and now in many boring meetings? With a little help from his computer, Ielasi manages to create a rhythmic structure, where the band becomes a percussion instrument, taking a musical life of its own. Other tracks resemble a production factory on which machines work with the beat in time with the late night warehouse techno tempo. The release may be a bit tough for a novice listener, but it is surely recommended for an experienced traveler into an array of sounds.