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West Coast Systems Vol 2

by wzrdryAV

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Mzwakhe
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Mzwakhe Great stuff---hard to pick up a favorites yet
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...top notch production as always, bless the consistency .
j.parker
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j.parker Sends you to some place else this man , top of the line work! Early exit going into librarian then into pathless just out of bounds.
neglectsound
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neglectsound Mists of sample vapor and synth chords printed on glass shimmer in the reflective light off the crests of breaking waves, i am laying in a hammock, feeling 55 degree salted air push me from side to side, i slowly feel myself sinking into sleep. This is a beauty. Favorite track: Librarian.
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gavinblane Beautiful soundscapes and atmospheres that wrap around like a warm duvet allowing the mind to drift and wallow. Thank you. Favorite track: Manitoba.
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Early Exit 05:30
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Almost Here 02:33
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In this installment of 'West Coast Systems', we hear sonic impressions from a handful years of exploring time zones very far to the east and west of the artists home on the coast.

Upon returning home, years of living in limbo and uncertainty dragged on. The album represents the decompression of the years prior. As with the first volume on LINE, beginnings and endings aren’t a high priority. Listeners can dip in and out of the soundscapes and decide for themselves where the journeys begin and end.

This chapter makes use of manipulated field recordings from the World Soundscape Project library at Simon Fraser University. Many of the recordings used were made using analog tape in the 1970’s. Most are intended to develop their identity over repeated listens as they are often buried deep in the mix.

Info on the Soundscape Project: www.sfu.ca/~truax/wsp.html


deep languid sonic spaces…

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As a child of the 1980s, Vancouver-born producer Kelly Claude Nairn (WzrdryAV) was hypnotized by the results of New York City resourcefulness: raw, sparse, drum machine hip-hop and later, the eclectic sample-based rap of the 1990s. Raised by a new age mom and jazz freak artist dad, pillaging the family record cabinet for inspiration was a natural progression. Two turntables, mixer, and a sampler later, Nairn was soon making deft left-field instrumentals. Concurrent w/ electro-acoustic study under granular synthesis pioneer Barry Truax at Simon Fraser University, field recordings, audio collage, sound object manipulation, and slightly unhinged ambient works were added to his expanding cache. Foundation and technique in place, by the new millennium, the beat maker was putting a revelatory breakthrough into practice, “sample anything.” From big screen cinema and late night VHS sessions to TV sign off music and nature sounds, nothing was off limits. This not only led to the creation of WZRDRY (Nairn’s imprint and artistic umbrella), but a range of productions released internationally on vinyl, cassette tape, and compact disc.

Today, Nairn combines his academic background w/ a personal self-taught approach, equally informed by British Columbia’s street meets tree topped mountains and oceanic reflections. Utilizing analog and digital equipment, new tracks aim to create a place/atmosphere/mood via magnetic programming and universal rhythms. While deliberate melodies are uncommon, repeating fragments of tones/chords and foggy loops/drones manifest themselves in the most unexpected ways. “I'm putting together and playing back sounds for the audience that I find evocative for my own escapism,” states the producer, encouraging listeners to join the trip and interpret, as they will. The music of WzrdryAV goes beyond the increasingly fast-paced cultural landscape, gradually slowing the pace and returning some long forgotten feeling to auditory expression. Touching on the influence of Jamaican dub and Detroit techno in his oeuvre, “It's about facing limitations by looking within to work in different ways and develop one's creativity.”

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released March 18, 2022

Produced & Mixed By Kelly Claude Nairn
Mastered by Greg Mindorff at Suite Sound Labs, Vancouver BC
Cover art: Constantine Katsiris

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Richard Chartier's LINE publishes editions documenting compositional & installation works by international sound artists & composers exploring the aesthetics of minimalism.

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