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Artist
J.G. Biberkopf
ReleaseProduct
Ecologies II: Ecosystems Of Excess
Label
Knives
Catalogue Number
KNV004
Release Date
November 11, 2016

Inaugurating Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare’s Knifes imprint with his Ecologies EP in 2015, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf put himself amongst the forefront of an emerging cluster of producers conducting experiments in deconstructed club music. Ecologies II: Ecosystems Of Excess, the Lithuanian sound artist’s second release for the Berlin-based label, extends the concept of his debut EP.

Set in the Anthropocene – an epoch characterised by humans’ impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems – it follows a contemporary approach to Musique concrète. Biberkopf merges manipulated field recordings with advanced digital programming, creating a dystopian universe of sound composed of dark microecosystems. Within each of them, numerous transitional processes exist, from hard-hitting bass drums succumbing to an ‘Immersion into Noise’ to the ‘Eruption Of The Amorous’, a festival of warping drones. Many of them appear to conjure up voices of suffering: be it the wailing high frequency synths and flickering fragments of a minister’s pleading, accelerated by a frantic kick-drum on ‘Preacher’, or the sampled voices on ‘Dust’, seemingly trapped underneath the melancholic strings, in similarly distressed fashion.

Ecologies II’s complex, formless arrangements evoke a foreboding, all-encompassing atmosphere – J. G. Biberkopf couldn’t have conveyed his stance on our “excessive” changes to the natural world any more clearly.

  1. 1 Technocracy 3:02
  2. 2 From Infinity To Here 3:34
  3. 3 Wetware 3:20
  4. 4 Transfiguration I: Enlightenment 3:54
  5. 5 Dust 3:41
  6. 6 Transfiguration II: Amplification 3:57
  7. 7 Preacher 3:06
  8. 8 Globalalia 3:12
  9. 9 Irreversible. Black Atlantic. 3:01
  10. 10 Immersion Into Noise 2:34
  11. 11 New World Order 2:43
  12. 12 Eruption Of The Amorphous 3:03
  13. 13 Realer Than Real 2:10

J.G. Biberkopf

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