Emptyset – Borders (LP+MP3)

Image: 1607503 Emptyset is the innovative electronic duo of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas.
The duo composes within a complex set of self-imposed parameters or rule
sets and the results of their expeditions on Borders are at once minimal and
visceral. Focusing on shifting timbral changes over melody, Emptyset’s work is
an exploration of the relationship between rhythm, texture and space.
The pair shares a history in Bristol’s underground music scene as well as an
impressive list of production credits. Ginzburg, now Berlin based, runs a
network of record labels including electronic music label Subtext and Arc
Light Editions, whose reissues include a work by Arthur Russell. He’s a prolific
producer and remixer for both independent and major labels, with diverse
projects such as Faint Wild Light, Ginz and more recently Bleed Turquoise.
Purgas, now based in London, founded the We Elude Control label in 2009,
a curated collection of rare experimental music. Purgas is an artist, writer and
curator who has presented projects with Tate, Whitechapel and Serpentine
Galleries, and he is also an active promoter of electronic music in eclectic
spaces from a carpark to a Modernist pavilion.
Each project’s framework and parameters dictate how the sound or performance
evolves. In the past, Emptyset have explored the ways in which the sonic
and spatial interact within different architectural contexts: often site-specific
locations such as the decommissioned Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in
North Wales, or the neo-gothic Woodchester Mansion. Borders takes a different
approach, centering around the performative and the performer. Having each
created their own tactile instruments, a six-stringed zither-like instrument and
a drum, Emptyset focuses on how organic sounds interact with the analogue
processes that have defined their work to date.
Contrasting typical approaches to making electronic music, Emptyset set out
to emphasize live performance rather than creating sequences within devices.
While Purgas and Ginzburg utilize vintage analogue electronics, compressing
and distorting the signals, the album itself is performed entirely live, where
subtle movements make for substantial changes in sound.
From the very first track, “Body,” one can hear how the physicality of the
instruments have imbued the sound’s texture. The physical characteristics of
the metal strings create a layer of dynamic juxtaposition to the grinding timbres
emerging around them. The broody “Ascent,” features the album’s clearest
call-and-response between the stringed instrument and the drum, barking and
thudding back and forth at one another. Evident in tracks such as “Border”
and “Speak,” Emptyset uses basic rhythmic structures drawn from an array of
broad cultural practices, expressed neutrally and without overemphasis on the
source. Taken as a whole Borders distills the duo’s inspirations to their essence
and the resulting music is as raw as it is captivating.

1. Body
2. Border
3. Descent
4. Across
5. Speak
6. Axis
7. Sight
8. Retrieve
9. Ascent
10. Ground
11. Dissolve

“[Emptyset’s music is] something genuinely alien, and that
alone is reason enough to listen.” – Resident Advisor
“Intriguing – even bracing.” – The Guardian
“Emptyset are one of the most innovative acts currently
working in the techno domain.” – FACT
Borders is Emptyset’s Thrill Jockey debut following limited
and sold out releases for Raster-Norton, Subtext, Future
Days, and Caravan Recordings
Empytset have performed at many high profile festivals
including Unsound, Mutek, CTM, Sonic Acts, Berghain,
Luminato, Adelaide, and Bozar. There is already interest
from MUTEK, Moogfest, Walker Art Center, and Getty Center
for 2017 performances
Ginzburg is a prolific producer and remixer with his projects
Faint Wild Light, Ginz (collaborations with dubstep/grime
musician Joker), and Bleed Turquoise
LP pressed on virgin vinyl with artworked inner sleeve and
free download coupon. A limited supply will be pressed on
clear vinyl. CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold
Empytset have a history of work for film trailers and are
being pitched for new music synchs around this release
Turkish conceptual artist Cevdet Erek is working on a remix
and will be representing Turkey at the 2017 Venice Biennale
with his series of studies A Room of Rhythms
Emptyset have been commissioned for Architecture
Foundation’s installation at Ambika P3 space near Baker
Street in London, Tate Britain’s Performing Architecture
programme, a collaboration with conceptual artist Cevdet
Erek for Spike Island, an installation at the Victoria and Albert
Museum in London, and a study of composition through
ionospheric propagation developed with Deutschland Radio Erhältlich ab 27.01.2017

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