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Split (march)

Split (march)
lim 100 second edition

Iris Garrelfs is best known for her emotive, improvised glitch-tech performances based around electronically manipulated, digitally warped voice sounds and site specific, multi-channel installations. The central theme of her work is the tension between the human and technological and she often uses her voice as raw material, transmuting it into machine noises, choral works or pulverised into granules of electro acoustic babble and glitch.
She is also a founding member of London`s experimental music & noise event banner Sprawl and regularly hosts shows on resonance FM. Talking Space To Space is her most recent project and takes the shape of a split 10" vinyl release with label mate Milan on the German label Licht-Ung.
"Talking Space To Space is an ongoing radio performance project by Iris Garrelfs listening to the echoes of creation. Using natural radio emissions from celestial objects, Iris reshapes these sounds into an audio composition and flings them back to the stars in a radio broadcast".
Compositions of manipulated radio frequencies are not new but rarely have the depth and ambiance of this release. From a post Cagien perspective these tracks are much more than the sum of their parts and as compositions they are fluid and dynamic. As the opening track hurls clusters of grainy sound at the stereo image, your carried into the cosmos on a wave of particle interference and lo fi crackles & glitches. Cold meteor like sine waves emerge in dissonant collages of abstract soundscapes sometimes dark and brooding others with a more contemplative feel. I particularly like the notion of recording and reshaping these frequencies before flinging them out again as a radio broadcast which we did on Furthernoise while she was in Bristol performing on the Interplay tour. There is also another radio project Radio Qualia which for interest is worth checking out for its stream of sounds intercepted from space and broadcast live on the internet.
However, it is the hiatus of 'Talking Space To Space' as a composition that has that most unique of qualities, the human organisation of technology. Here Iris creates a true hybrid of art and science and all on that most wonderful triumph of human ingenuity, vinyl.
Recommended headphone listening.
(Review by Roger Mills /

Split 10" in a tiny edition of this excentric german art-project with the british soundartist IRIS GARRELFS. Two pieces with ominous dronescapes, strange clouds of rather dull moaning sounds, pulses, crackles, resonance-bubbles, quite exciting in their indeterminableness.
Great record, very much recommended. Comes with colour-photo sticked on, and inlay. Numbered ed.
Background to IRIS GARRELFS recordings: "(Talking) Space to Space is an ongoing radio project. Using captured natural radio emissions from celestial objects, Iris reshapes these sounds into an audio composition and flings them back to the stars in a radio broadcast. A poetic gesture, a sensual fiction which takes the past, re-shapes it in real-time and travels with it into the future. The piece was originally performed on Resonance FM in June 04 and as part of Radio Art Riot during the Frieze Art Fair, October 04. An extract was also featured as part of Radio Day of European Cultures in October 05. An extended version was listed for the PRS New Musci Award in 05. An extract wil be released on 10" vinyl by German art label lich-tung in spring 06." [website info]
(Stefan Knappe/Drone Records)


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