Ian Nagoski

Violets for Your Furs

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For this release, Ian Nagoski went beyond the call of duty to produce not an album, but an audio objet d'art. Released by Edition Ellipsis (or edition...), known for its original designs and serious "art for art's sake" attitude, Violets for Your Furs takes the shape of a sleeve-less picture-disc LP, pressed on vinyl of at least 180 grams. The music consists of a single 21-minute drone, repeated on both sides, although the aural illusions it triggers might convince you otherwise. The piece evolves very slowly, blending its several active elements into one homogeneous whole, a multi-phasic drone somewhere between (or combining the characteristics of) a Hammond organ with a whole register depressed and electric buzzing. The piece begins with a long fade-in, a lone high-pitched tone being the first audible element to materialize. Then, lightly pulsing frequencies and grinding textures take over, their grain and patterns slowly changing as faders are pushed up and down, until the final fade-off (it seems an ultimate locked groove would have been ever more suitable). This album is recommendable for meditation purposes, although you might want to meditate with your eyes open. Daniel Conrad's visual illusion is as mesmerizing as it is simple: the checkered pattern of black and white squares spins on, smoothing out right angles, conjuring up colors and giving birth to swirls within swirls. A regular collaborator of Nagoski's, Conrad tapped straight into the evocative strength of the drone to produce his own version of the ever-regenerating mirage.

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