Communication Arts Quartet
Words: Steve Smith
Image courtesy of Astral Spirits
Asked to explain his decision to create a new version of his debut album, Lux provided the following details:
“I knew I’d have to reduce the running time significantly. I had gotten fairly attached to the sequence on the tape. Leroy Bach had offered to produce the record in the first place back in 2016. I wasn’t interested in help at that time, but now some objective ears I could trust were just what I needed. I think his edit is superior, and this is the way I’d like the music to be heard.”
When asked why he prefers the new version of Contra/Facts, Lux had this to add:
“It’s the same mix – all credit goes to [engineer] Greg Norman for the sounds. Le was able to edit it in a super creative way that I would never have imagined. I’m more of a meat cleaver producer, he’s a scalpel. If you can check out both versions, you’ll see that it was anything but obvious cuts that most people would have made. That’s why he’s a bad boy!”
For a limited time, you actually can compare both versions: The sold-out cassette version of Contra/Facts is still available for streaming on Bandcamp for the moment, but soon will be pulled out of circulation.
The video for “Camisa Sete” was created during Alpert’s synthesis residency at Signal Culture, a non-profit media arts organization in Owego, NY. According to a statement provided by the artist:
“The organization houses the equipment from the late, lamented, and legendary Experimental TV Center. The ETC was a pivotal part of the media arts scene from the late ’60s until its closure in 2011. The ETC offered access to rare analog and digital devices now only accessible as part of the Signal Culture Residency Program.
“The minimal synthesis created for this collaboration is inspired by the early work being restored by the Center for Visual Music. Kim has sought from an early age the poetry created in the brain as shapes and colors sync with sound. The neurological outcomes of pattern expectation in the brain can bring even the most rigid audience to a place closer to synesthesia.”
Alpert’s video is in fact just one example from a full suite that she created to complement Lux’s album. Another video, for the track “Paw Paw,” can be viewed on the Bandcamp page for the new version of Contra/Fact. There, in addition to ordering the LP in vinyl and digital formats, you can purchase an audio-video bundle that includes the LP, a download in multiple formats (including lossless), and a VHS tape of the complete suite of videos. If you’re interested, act quickly: only 40 copies of this bundle will be available.
Astral Spirits will release Contra/Facts in vinyl and digital formats and in an audio/video bundle on June 22; communicationartsquartet.bandcamp.com