12 track 2 x LP (Edition of 500 pressed on white vinyl) / Download
In January 2012 we released a 35-track compendium of F.C. Judd’s music and sound, it was called Electronics Without Tears. Fast forward to Spring 2013 and we are back with Fred for a very special LP to reignite his legacy.
For our tenth release we asked some of our favourite artists working today to submit a reinterpretation of the greatly undervalued early electronics pioneer, Frederick Charles Judd. We gave them Fred’s entire archive of sounds, tone experiments, field recordings and lectures and left it up them to produce an audio artefact befitting of Judd himself.
The players invited: Chris Carter, Perc, Pye Corner Audio, Holly Herndon, Mordant Music, Peter Rehberg, Bandshell, Ekoplekz, The Boats, Leyland Kirby, Karen Gwyer and Ian Helliwell.
Interpretations On F.C. Judd opens with Fred himself, welcoming us into his world before Ian Helliwell takes us into a fractured loop of radio static and gargled musique concrete.
From here we lurch through pure tape trips (Leyland Kirby, Chris Carter) dubwise refractions (Karen Gwyer, The Boats, PCA), haunted never-zones (Ekoplekz, Mordant Music, Perc), sublime vocal deconstructions (Holly Herndon) and frightening slashes of electronic deviance (Peter Rehberg, Bandshell).
Throughout Inspirations, Fred is never far away, reminding us how important visionaries like him stalk even the most future-bound of electronic music.
Ian Helliwell – Solid States
Perc – Woodford
Chris Carter – Flip-Flop
Holly Herndon – Control Sample
Mordant Music – Hoarded House (reMMix Fredit)
The Boats – Space Judder
Pye Corner Audio – Splice Block
Leyland Kirby – Slim Jim Wimshurst Mechanicals
Karen Gwyer – Judd Drums
Peter Rehberg – FJUDDmix 032013
Bandshell – Concrete Teeth
Ekoplekz – Fredwrek
“The spores of TG breaking out all over. An alternative bloodline of electronic music; as if the interbreeding of Chicago and Industrial resulted in sleeper cells entering a long gestation all over the world. Genesis’ postal network as the carrier.”
(20 Jazz Funk Greats)
And so we splash into 2013 with an almighty throb, pulse-tone generators at the ready. This is Cloud Generating, debut record of malformed electronic-pop and modular fury from Chicago two-piece Acteurs. From the chest-rattling opening kick of title track to the radon hailstorm of dub-techno epic “Freezing Fog” it’s clear that the pair, Jeremy Lemos and Brian Case know their way around a mixing desk. Both have long, immaculate CV’s with the cream of the U.S alternative scene, and here they stretch the studio to its limit.
Acteurs: proponents of bass to make systems quiver, drums that punch the gloom, electronics to scythe and screech into darkest night – a psychedelic overload.
Dream an Acteurs dream. Sodium streetlights, grey smoke. Chromium staircases and black-glass buildings. Acid rains. Cyberpunk racers. Dead TV channels. Amped-out brains . Come join their future-primitive world of stark and brutal groove, metallic avant-pop and precise mechanical funk.
From the sun blemished bleep of Parry Music to the black marble night-haunts of Fingers Crossed. Public Information wraps up warm and closes its curtains for the winter months ahead. Our darkest record so far….The protagonists: Ivan Afanasyev and Anya Kuts (Red Bull Music Academy artist 2013). The location: deepest Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia. They are Love Cult and this is their debut LP.
Since 2009 Love Cult music has seeped through various ferric cracks (Blackest Rainbow, Brave Mysteries). They have travelled and toured with Ensemble Economique, High Wolf and Lucky Dragons. They run a cassette label, Full Of Nothing. But it is here on Public Information they find their perfect muse.
Wordless chorals from far far away… mangled Roland drum machines… decomposed Russian TV samples… endless microphone feedback… twisted Finnish kantele… throbbing bass dynamics… sky-bound folk songs… slow decay…
In freezing snow-tipped woodland, Fingers Crossed howls for your ears… nine stormy mantras from a beautiful lost space. The sad whispers of Grouper, the furious noise of Yellow Swans, the empty rooms of KTL, the gothic angles of Hannett , the crumbling ghosts of Basinski…
Distil these elements in hard vodka and minus-20 Karelia winter and you only come half way to understanding the lonely, strange music that Love Cult make; Fingers Crossed.
Mastered by Lupo at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin. Artwork by Anya Kuts.