DARK~asian~ENERGY [singa~core album] | CLUBbleu

 

DARK~asian~ENERGY [singa~core album] | CLUBbleu
Gruen 165 | Audio CD (+ Digital) | Digital > [order]
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while field recording in autumn 2014, CLUBbleu dived into the pulsating multi-cultural metropolis of Singapore, trying to catch the most characteristic urban sound scapes. CLUBbleu translated their overwhelming impressions of this city into 10 compositions at the border of electroacoustic music and electronica, a style they simply name buʞitpantroniʞ.

 


 

1 bambi died of lung cancer (3:14)
Bambi died near Marina Bay during a glamorous night race. What a pity!

 

2 charsiewbao (4:57)
Cantonese BBQ buns. Ingredients: small pieces of clattering dishes mixed with opening MRT doors, spiced up with the beeping of traffic lights and a pinch of ATM machine sounds. A teaspoon of chirping cicadas refined with organically grown car horns, thin slices of sea waves covered with a dash of road dust. Preparation: Heat some oil in a wok, add all ingredients and cook them until the mixture starts to bubble. Prepare the dough, roll it into a long tube and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Press each piece into a disc about 7 1/19 inches in diameter. Add the filling and and steam each bun in a bamboo steamer for 4:57 minutes over high heat.
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3 singacore sling (3:40)
Happy hour! Try the cocktail that contains a juicy mixture of Indian Deepavali tunes, Chinese pop music, delicate analogue synths and an extraordinary collection of percussive sounds recorded from all over Singapore.

 

4 restricted area (9:10)
Throw your microphone as high and as far as you can over a barb wire fence. In case security catches you, forget the microphone, run as fast you can. Don’t get distracted by the policemen’s whistles. Don’t get caught!

 

5 chicken feet and durian 1 (4:09)
It is all about Singaporean artists introducing some highlights of local cuisine such as chicken feet and durian ice cream. Featuring samples by Felix Phang, Jeremy Goh from IMBA Interactive, Pete Kellock and Kayleigh Beard.

 

6 snap to grid (3:10)
A question of attitude! Snap to grid or snap to objects? Two artists, one MAX patch. Jean-Paul Sartre would have loved this. #huisclos

 

7 marilou’s dream (4:26)
On Christmas Eve, she is allowed to sit at the table.
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8 #fuckyourselfie – ethnology of solitude (4:57)
Dedicated to all isolated digital addicts consuming their daily dose of brain conditioner, gaming, selfie-ing, social media-ing.
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9 chicken feet and durian 2 (3:36)
It is all about accessing an unknown culture and the art of playing the most exquisite Asiatic music instruments. Featuring samples by Jip de Beer, Pete Kellock, Joyce Beetuan Koh and DJ Kliplev.

 

10 toxi timah (5:33)
The survival of the last South East Asian rain forest pulse generators on an increasingly domestic playground.
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10 Tracks (45′32″)
CD (500 copies)

 


 

 


 

julia: game controllers, toy instruments, analogue synthesizers, live-electronics and field recordings felix: e-drums, live-electronics and field recordings

 

special thanks to: marilou, stella, permagnus, alison the moral supporter, yun qi, felix & dawn, ela, tosh, tianyuan, dj kliplev

 

all tracks composed by CLUBbleu (felix leuschner & julia mihály)
recorded, mixed and mastered by CLUBbleu @ orange bubble studio frankfurt
© 2016 www.clubbleu.de

 

digital graphics & design: sebastian ristow
fluent graphics: rené seifert
www.flatlab.biz / www.reneseifert.de

 

Sound Art Series by Gruenrekorder
Germany / 2016 / Gruen 165 / LC 09488 / GEMA / EAN 4050486973615

 


 

Reviews

 

textura
Gruenrekorder has probably never before released anything as weird and playful as DARK~asian~ENERGY [singa~core album], though the move is hardly unwelcome; if anything, it’s refreshing to see the label making room for material of a wilder nature. Issued as part of its Sound Art Series, the forty-five-minute collection is the brainchild of CLUBbleu members Felix Leuschner and Julia Mihály, the former a classically trained drummer with experience composing for music theatre, chamber music, and vocal-electronic pieces and the latter a composer-performer with backgrounds in classical singing and electronic composition.

 

For their collaboration, Leuschner generates real-time sound synthesis from e-drums, field recordings, and electronics connected to Max/MSP whereas Mihály works with Max/MSP-connected analogue synths, game controllers, and toy instruments. The material for the album came about when the two were gathering field recordings in 2014 and decided to transmute the sound barrage emanating out of urban Singapore into ten mashups rooted in everything from computer game music and trashy pop tunes to electro-acoustic music and site-based field recordings.

 

The material calls to mind the early days of electronica when artists like Oval, Terre Thaemlitz, and Matmos were resetting experimental music’s boundaries with bold, sometimes glitch-ridden explorations. CLUBbleu’s release is similar in playful spirit to the kind of clicks-and-cuts material artists of that time (many of them Mille Plateaux associates) were creating. A mere scan of the track titles reflects the irreverent spirit of the project, with the tone-setting opener “Bambi Died of Lung Cancer” joined by “Chicken Feet and Durian 1” (Durian a kind of ice cream) and “Charsiewbao” (Char Siu Bao a recipe for steamed BBQ pork buns); track details provided by the pair also capture the playful spirit of the project: “Restricted Area,” for instance, includes the following: “Throw your microphone as high and as far as you can over a barb wire fence. In case security catches you, forget the microphone, run as fast you can. Don’t get distracted by the policemen’s whistles. Don’t get caught!”
How’s it sound? Think punishing beats endlessly stuttering and battered by chattering gameboy noises, sputtering synths, dental drills, mangled product pitches, and intercom announcements. In two of the more coherent constructions, Indian Deepavali tunes and Chinese pop music surface within “Singacore Sling” to give the cocktail a woozy twist, and slow, electronics-grounding pulsations in “Toxi Timah” cap the album with five minutes of relative calm. Though many of its glitch-drenched collages threaten to spin out of control, CLUBbleu generally keeps the madness in check, and with heavily manipulated voice samples of Singaporean artists folded into “Chicken Feet and Durian 1,” DARK~asian~ENERGY [singa~core album] even starts to sound a bit like Matmos’s A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure—certainly not bad company to be in.
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Łukasz Komła | Nowamuzyka.pl
To już trzecie wydawnictwo w dyskografii niemieckiego duetu CLUBbleu (Felix Leuschner, Julia Mihály). Oboje są klasycznie wykształconymi muzykami: Leuschner jest perkusistą, kompozytorem a Mihály studiowała śpiew i kompozycję elektroniczną. Ich albumy można określić jako serię portretów miejskich – uwzględniając przy tym architekturę, struktury społeczne i tło kulturowe danego miejsca. Dwa poprzednie krążki duetu ukazały nam Monachium i Augsburg. Na tej najnowszej płycie odwiedzamy Singapur, gdzie artyści zarejestrowali nagrania terenowe poddając je rozmaitym odkształceniom i deformacjom.

 

Członkowie CLUBbleu wykorzystują szereg różnych procesów i instrumentów: kontrolery gier, czujniki ruchu, perkusję elektroniczną (zintegrowaną ze środowiskiem Max/MSP) czy syntezatory analogowe. Dodatkowo nieustannie twórcy pracują nad własnym oprogramowaniem, a także innowacyjnymi metodami syntezy dźwięku, co w przypadku drugiego zagadnienia najlepiej przedstawia zawartość „DARK~asian~ENERGY [singa~core album]”. Te dziesięć kompozycji wyrastających z sound art’owych korzeni tworzą całościowo przedziwną machinę, obezwładniającą swoimi dźwiękowymi receptorami nasz umysł, przenosząc go w obszar niczym niepohamowanych abstrakcji.
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Frans de Waard | VITAL WEEKLY
Right by the looks of this release, one realizes this something different, unusual in the world of Gruenrekorder. The cover and booklet shows us distorted digital images, and also the titles of the pieces make you raise an eyebrow; ‚Bambi Died Of Lung Cancer‘, ‚Singacore Sling‘ or „#fuckyourselfie – ethnology of solitude‘ aren’t ones we see a lot in this label’s catalogue. The back cover has this little text: „while field recording in autumn 2014, CLUBbleu dived into the pulsating multi-cultural metropolis of Singapore, trying to catch the most characteristic urban sound scapes. CLUBbleu translated their overwhelming impressions of this city into 10 compositions at the border of electroacoustic music and electronica, a style they simply name buʞitpantroniʞ“ and that CLUBblue, as they spell it, is Julia (fame controllers, toy instruments, analogue synthesizers, live-electronics and field recordings) and Felix (e-drums, live-electronics and field recordings). So then what is this about? Beats me if I knew, but here’s what I think. CLUBblue is a duo of improvisers, who use a lot of electronic music machines that can hold samples, and these samples contain field recordings of Singapore, which they, for once, not carefully construct into a finely woven collage of sounds, but bend and re-shape along the lines of improvised electronic music, full of power and energy; maybe even along the lines of techno? Not that this is in anyway a dance record, as there are no 4/4 beats, hi-hats or synths. But there are fast pulsating rhythms, samples flying about, cutting in and out of the mix, usually of a very abstract nature, but as in ‚Singapore Sling‘ they can also be taped inside a nightclub with singing and ethnic music. Stretched out, chopped up; it works best when CLUBblue maintains their speed; if the pieces become longer, they tend to meander about which is not always helpful. Especially the three tracks at the beginning work very well, as it has energy, speed and aggression, but a piece like ‚Snap To Grid‘ is more spacious but seems not to have enough sound material in it to be interesting all the time. It doesn’t make the CD very strong on the whole, but in parts it is quite powerful, and perhaps leaves some room to breathe in between; of course if you are looking for such things. (FdW)
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