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Thing Asunder

by Various Artists

Imagine that Max Ernst, Jacques Derrida, and Alan Turing produced a radio show - it might well sound like this.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. M. Bentley - Casting Spells
M. Bentley
19:35 $0.99
2. Earwicker - The Wall
13:22 $0.99
3. Ben Swire - From Text
Ben Swire
5:09 $0.99
4. Steve Brand - Wrapped in Leaves
Steve Brand
13:53 $0.99
5. M. Bentley - Sixteenths
M. Bentley
5:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Thing Asunder is another Foundry project that brings together a variety of sound artists around a central idea. In this case the catalyst was a chapbook created by M. Bentley using the cut-up method of assembling text. Once this story, for it read like a bizarre penny-novel, was shared amongst a small group of adventuresome artists there was immediately talk of an audio elaboration on the chapbook, and thus the Thing Asunder CD took shape.

The human mind always seems to try to impose structure on what it observes, and it is fascinating to see what sense can be made of randomly assembled text. By the same token it is astounding what a range of impressions and thoughts can be stimulated by music and sound. With Thing Asunder, Earwicker (Seofon, Chris Cones, and Kimoscio), Ben Swire, Steve Brand (formerly Augur), and M. Bentley (eM) draw inspiration from the cut-up text of the chapbook to create a collection of audio collages, a sonic soliloquy on the arbitrary nature of meaning and the mutability of form.



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jeff colburn

original and astounding aural jouney
The opening piece alone makes the disc worth picking up. Bentley's first track (the sound sample doesn't do it justice) demands of its listener that which it denies him: a simple narrative on which to hang an understanding. Nevertheless, the listener makes what meaning he can where and when he can. It's kind of like life except without all the regret. It's audio magic without the trickery.