Simon is a well-known UK experimental sound artist with releases on labels such as Cronica Electronica, Flaming Pines, Line, Rural Colours, The Helen Scarsdale Agency to name a few, while Canned Fit aka Christine Schörkhuber, a Vienna based sound artist has appeared on digital various artists compilations. This is her first physical appearance. The sound artist Christine Schörkhuber works with a fragile yet powerful setup consisting of self-built electronic analogue interfaces, sonorous everyday commodities and her voice. The performance is trembling between subtle crunchy sounds, song fragments, noise-fields and penetrating drones.
Christine Schörkhuber and Simon Whetham met in early 2013 through mutual friend Luis Toto Alvaro where the three of them performed collaboratively in a darkened room in Quillota, Chile. It was there they realised that through very different means, they were producing similar and complementary results. Following the concert they discussed the possibility of collaboration, face-to-face, rather than file sharing. The opportunity arose while Simon was in residence at Villa Waldberta, Feldafing, Germany through February and March 2014. Christine visited for two weeks for the duo to share time and exchange ideas, which led to a number of intensive and extensive recording sessions during which the artists pushed each other to create a work that is uncharacteristic of their solo activities.
The compilation features 12 tracks from some of the globe’s most talented sound-designers. It is a subtly rewarding headphone listen from start to finish; curated and ordered to purposefully induce a state of sleep. Starting off minimally, gradually gathering tone and atmosphere, the experience goes on without ever boiling over or reaching a crescendo. Parts of the album are light and restful whereas traces of it tread darker territory. All in all, the imagery that the album conjurs sits perfectly as a soundtrack to the dreams one experiences during a nights sleep.
Presented in the Tartaruga house style, (thick recycled cardboard gatefold sleeve), this release features a beautiful screen-printed design from Bruno Jones, in bright Phthalo Green. The CD comes with a two-colour screen-printed foldout insert, again featuring illustration from Bruno Jones, printed on high quality Pergamenata paper.
As a sort of pantheist, or at least an artist who finds great stories hiding in the vast visual subtleties of nature – Subtle Trees is a classical music collage as much as it is an homage to classical music. It’s core is created through sounds gathered in the owl hours by sampling ancient instruments whose cores were derived from the trees of nature. These sounds were layered like lichen on an ancient pantheistic sculpture.
With The Rules of Another Small World, M. Ostermeier has arrived at an elegant voice – otherworldly and strangely beautiful, much like the desolate Taiwanese San-Zhr Pod Village gracing the album cover.
While elements of electroacoustic, modern classical, jazz, glitch, drone, ambient, and even lounge weave in and out of the record’s eleven compositions, The Rules of Another Small World is the converse of an eclectic collection of songs.