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ARTIST
TITLE
Climatotherapy
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
RAVE 024LP RAVE 024LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/7/2018

Nozomu Matsumoto is an artist and curator behind EBM(T), Tokyo -- representing work by Robin Mackay, TCF, Sam Kidel, etc. Climatotherapy is his first physical release following a number of self-published digital works and mixes for online publications. Climatotherapy is Nozomu's soundtrack for a health forecast given by Amazon's Text-to-Speech interface Polly, and is perhaps the most disturbing, as well as the most evocative release on The Death Of Rave label to date; creating a widescreen, hi-definition world where you're never quite sure what's real. Climatotherapy features Polly narrating a non-linear text intersecting issues of morality in Artificial Intelligence with the artist's experience of meteoropathic sickness, and its symptoms related to barometric fluctuations and psychic-atmospheric disturbance. Nozomu imagines that Polly curates our mental and moral energy into health by high-definition MIDI orchestration. Polly's prognostications come framed by a hyperreal tapestry of idyllic ambient, cinematic strings, and R&B folk tropes, conveying Nozomu's ideas with clinically emotive clarity. The effect is uncannily calculated, using additional human vocals and music to limn in HD detail an up-to-the minute and personal perspective on themes of AI and morality which could be called key to Japan's hauntology. A strikingly singular work, the 15-minute Climathotherapy effectively resonates with the novel musical sci-fi of James Ferraro, Elysia Crampton, and TCF, as well as The Death of Rave's own editions such as Mark Leckey's GreenScreenRefrigerator (LECKEY 001LP) and Sam Kidel's Disruptive Muzak (RAVE 014LP, 2016). It's a properly unique record of its times. Master and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Includes 12x12" insert transcript designed by Mark Fell. One-sided white label with sticker; Edition of 300.