Artist: Josh Paton
title: Untitled Pieces
keywords: ambient, noise, experimental, image to sound, glitch, field recordings,
label: Crypt Designers Guild
These three tracks were produced as part of an experiment to convert sound works into images. Each of the three images is produced from converting the sound files into image files.
This is what the description of Josh Paton’s untitled release informed our brains. And I don’t know about you, but it tickled me with great interest. the concept of sneaking in pictures or generating sound from pictures is something that has been around for a long time, the artists that probably made this possibility more known to a larger public where probably Aphex Twin and Venetian Snares. But to actually work the other way around to create sound/music with the end result of creating an output of pictures seems to me like a well challenging experiment. Something that is well worth to check out and be featured on Yeah I Know It Sucks, I guess.
The strange thing is that the results and the actual music is so different from each other. Where the first picture looks like a highly structured composition of skyscrapers painted in rainbow colors standing next to a riverside, the actual soundtrack that is used to generate it feels like rumble, the deconstruction of stone and cement, with the use of machines and backwards flipping turntables. Definitely the total opposite of the architectural stiffness and calmed the picture is showing, but in a way both of them got their own enjoyable charm.
The second picture can be interpreted in a few ways, but my first instinct tells me it’s a Birdseye view photo showing a horizontal canal, highway and a large footpath through a couple of farm fields. But it also can be just the simple side hardcovers of three thick and wise looking books. The music that is responsible to create this image is something hot and brewing, at times even plain painful. It’s like listening to a soundtrack that has managed to catch the certain feel of having a fever attack. You might call this a dark trippy adventure, with a strange unreal surrealism to it. Nothing that could expect such a calming picture as this sounds more like the sound you could hear in some psychopaths mind, enjoying his heavy chained collection of your worst nightmares. But before you think that this is totally creepy you might want to know that this strange soundtrack also mixes strange lost times, alien donald ducks captured on radio frequencies and ear ripping electric shocks to the weird and perhaps wicked audio-table. I must admit, that going for a walk in the farmer field seems to be a wise thing to do after being heavy fingered by bursts of audio.
The last picture was probably hard to get right, but the producer aka experimental artist has perfectly generated the world wide global noise community flag! To make the impossible possible he had to capture pleasurable mind-scraping brewing noises that feels like they are full of life and energy. They move into a similar direction as a high-speed airplane that has tilted its face towards earth while flying high above it. Loading up speed, the parameters of the control grid go out of control but what in real life normally just take a matter of a few minutes, here the work keeps us in full suspense. It seems like the frontal crash never comes but the screeching noises are teaming up with more soothing ones. With such an excellent and energetic movement of sound, it is not difficult to believe that this is what it takes to generate this proud symbol of the global noise community! Get these fine pieces (and the pictures!) over here: