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A30 sees Joe combine three different strands of his work: concrete music, ambient sound design and field recording. With this release he has branched out from his previous albums of pure field recording, and merged his interest in phonography, with his fascination for the work of the early electronic music pioneers.

The sounds on this album have been constructed from recordings captured from inside a car while driving along different tarmac textures on the A30. The original field recordings have undergone extensive post-production, with the sounds being manipulated and mixed with the original source material to create a new series of tracks.

From granulated to granularity

Joe Stevens offers us in this album a panting sound vision of the road, sort of a road-movie stuck on the asphalt dissecting it’s structure, retreated in a civil engineer laboratory with loads of granular synthesis and reverberated harmonics. All here becomes echo and distant vibrations, microphones pick up some residual halo, an ultimate road vibration, and we completely absorb ourselves into this scrolling strip, listening results in nocturnal impressions, rare moments with a feeling of being the road. One thinks of David Lynch’s Lost Highway, our ghosts hitch-hiking on the roadside ; shall we be courageous enough to take them on board?

A haunted and intense album.

Flavien Gillié – Translation by Sismophone.


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