Synch Your Device

Received copy of Synchronized (DINZU ARTEFACTS DNZ37) around 28 May 2019 – I see the cassette edition has already sold out, but you can purchase a digital download from this choice American label. On it, Sergey Kostyrko and Jason Kahn are walloping up a fairly almighty hoshgaru, using “feedback loops and spatial drone” – a phrase which doesn’t really explain everything sufficiently, but I do like the crunchy and squelchy noise that pours out of this kettle when I place it on the hot stove next to a coffee pot. Pound for pound, I get more black sludge from Synchronized than I do from my other utensil. It’s good to hear Jason Kahn getting his antlers into something solid and blocky for a change, much as we enjoy his more conceptual and spaced-out materials which are harboured in that brain. Sergey Kostyrko is of course the Russian long-distance haulage expert who co-runs the Spina!Rec cassette label and has inscribed his electrical better-half into many a strip of oxide in that capacity. I’d like to think he’s supplying the abrasive dimensions of today’s spin, but I’m probably wrong. All the music appears to be pulling in two directions at once, if not more. One agency wants to soothe you into a trance with high-pitched drones and waileroos, the other sales rep simply wants to sandpaper your hide and rub you raw with metal rasps. In between, you’ll also get minnows and grasshoppers lapping at your ankles. A braw catch for the silent sea.

Also from good old Sergey Kostyrko we got this bizarre lathe-cut seven-inch sealed in a silvery bag. Every once in a while we get an artefact in the mail that looks like it arrived from the future. Or at least was stolen from the lot of a period science-fiction movie that was heavily in debt to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Don’t think we ever heard of the Cyland Media Art Lab before, but there’s a series of these lathes they’ve produced, curated by Sergey Komarov in Saint Petersburg. I think if you owned the entire set, you’d be entitled to a free ride in a Soyuz spaceship, or given a life membership to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Today’s electro-fizz grinder special from Kostyrko is Neural Module 1 and Neural Module 2 (CAA-41), and it’s the kind of grating, broken grit-blaster you could use to repair a smashed tea service. Since it’s all based around nanoelectrodes, I presume it’s something to do with translating brain activity into sound. Sergey Kostyrko got the raw data from Loughborough University and fed it through his synth rack, gathering the output in his buckets. I get weary of pseudo-scientific projects like this, but at least Neural Module is interesting to listen to, and manages in place to transcend its process. Has a nice choppy rhythm and a very crumbly, abrasive surface.

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