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WORKMAN/ROHAN THOMAS, DION
is a collaboration between Dion Workman (one half of Parmentier) and Rohan Thomas (an Australian sound artist) which was constructed during 1999 and 2000 while both artists were living in The Netherlands. Originally sourced from minidisc feedback the physical nature of
's sound lies, for the most part, at the higher end of the frequency range. Its fragile clips and tones are assembled with a delicate randomness that avoids repetitive rhythms yet has a strong sense of development and direction. After the initial impression of the work as ultra minimal, electronic in its sources and coldly calculated in its execution, what unfolds is a work heading elsewhere -- a kind of launching forth of sound. The pieces are mediated just enough to allow for a sense of compositional logic to appear, sidestepping the fuzziness that is a pitfall in some process based work. This is the artfulness within the work: the artist creating a tear or slit in the enfolding firmament like tapping a well spring, but holding the work within the threshold of listenability.
is a sound arena of certain modes belonging to expression: speed and rest, sonorous apparitions, a sense of the inside and the outside, a holding off and a letting go. These events, tied for the listener to memory and emotion, activate a new life for each listening. At certain volumes, the sounds effect on the body has the power to transfer and inhabit organs in ways not often felt.
produces from the most unlikely of sources a new form of folded landscape art untied to the more familiar tenants of what we have come to know as soundscape."
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