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Switches

by Various Artists

A collection of 14 beautiful sonic sculptures possessing glitch groove, microsound, IDM, electronic beats and acoustic ambience. We paint with sound.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Rodolphe Kuffer : Content
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2. He Can Jog : June - That Is When the Smaller Sparrow Began to Ca
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3. Marion : Singalong Tammy
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2:36 album only
4. Claudia : We Lost Him, but Kept Going
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5. Disastrato : C(ch)oaipba. Koa, C(ch) (s+am)
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6. Oti : Large Open Spaces
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7. Bllix : Document. Write
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8. Diagram of Suburban Chaos : Wishing a Disease
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9. Henry Leo Duclos : Ever Since
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10. Autistici : Breath Holding On to a Window
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11. Build : a Devolopment With a Grid of Streets and a Shopping Cent
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12. Prhizzm : Half Asleep
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13. Room : Your Open Face
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14. Effacer : Fire At Sea
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THE LABEL
Audiobulb Records are based in UK but hold a global artist roster - brought together under the banner of 'exploratory electronic music'. The term exploratory invites artists to create without the restriction of having to stay within a specified territory. Our focus is quality, detail, intricacy and emotionality within electronic music. The sounds from our artists embrace glitch and groove, IDM, environmental ambience, microsounds and idiosyncratic dance beats.

THE ALBUM
'Switches' includes tracks from 14 of our artists packaged together in one compilation album. Complex, beautiful and disturbing - each track acts as a unique switch bringing new elements of audio exploration to the listener's experience. Details of all 14 switches can be found over the page.

The album comes complete with a four-page booklet containing the complex, beautiful and disturbing art of Curet A. (aka Disastrato). His dissected insects and imposed wiring typify Audiobulb's style as a place where natural and artificial worlds merge to form a creative hybrid.

EXPLORATORY ELECTRONIC EXPOSURE
We are a relative new comer competing with many established and start-up labels. At Audiobulb we are convinced we have the quality to build on our reputation and commercial viability. With more compilation releases planned as well individual releases from He Can Jog, Diagram of Suburban Chaos and Build we will be one to watch.

www.audiobulb.com

Switches - Track Information

1. RODOLPHE KUFFER: Content

Dissects his audio - breaking down elements and building them up into a glitch groove - the track dissolves at its end point into a beautiful human voice.

2. HE CAN JOG: June - that is when the smaller sparrow began to cantilate

A beautiful ambient introduction sails into the sky with micro percussion - suddenly an explosion of delicately drilled up drums take the track on a powered flight.

3. MARION: Singalong tammy

Plucked Elizabethan strings and glitched beats are perfectly executed within this pretty electro-acoustic number

4. CLAUDIA: We lost him, but kept going

A sense of brain damage and disconnectedness are woven amongst melodies reminiscent of the Boards of Canada

5. DISASTRATO: C(ch)oaipba, koa, c(ch) (s+am)

Tiny switches and dials are turned with percussive guile in this microsound masterpiece. Disastrato introduces accidental monsters - an autistic child cries and blows his nose into an audio soundscape that reverberates into infinity.

6. OTI: Large open spaces

An ambient midpoint with sounds of a summer environment woven into gentle melodies whilst children play.

7. BLLIX: Document.write

Beautifully programmed IDM executed via Bllix's female intuition - skittery rhythms play around the stereo spectrum as the melody unwinds, wrapping itself around the listener.

8. DIAGRAM OF SUBURBAN CHAOS: Wishing a disease

With an acclaimed album (status negatives on imputer records) already behind him William Snavely illustrates his poignant skills through reforming idiosyncratic rhythms placed behind a delicate time shifting melody.

9. HENRY LEO DUCLOS: Ever since

Painstaking composition devised from glitched-up audio events manipulated and arranged on an old PC.

10. AUTISTICI: Breath holding on to a window

Ambience and percussive microsounds combine to deliver an extremely atmospheric account with a strong visual identity.

11. BUILD: A development with a grid of streets and a shopping centre heart

Extremely delicate and detailed rhythmic programming shimmer across this track beneath an enchanting stripped back melody.

12. PRHIZZM: Half asleep

Crunchy beats and detuned arpeggios surge across this track. The tempo decreases to expose the inner working of the composition before again awaking into motion.

13. ROOM: Your open face

Appealing chord structures and melodies are presented in this track that develops via a glitchy beat and bass groove.

14. EFFACER: Fire at sea

An ambient end piece with tilting tones and an accomplished exploration of Asian percussive elements.

+ Hidden track (Autistici: 14 hidden switches on an invisible wall)


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The Milk Factory

....the first of many steps into electronic wonderland.
Opening the procession is Rodolphe Küffer, with Content, a melodic piece supported by glitches and micro beats reminiscent in part of Autechre circa Cichlisuite. As the track slowly progresses and the main melody develops more clearly, the beat pattern becomes more assured and consistent before disintegrating when a treated human voice emerges. Perfect introduction for this record, Content very much highlights the human interaction behind the mechanical sounds on offer throughout this album. Marion’s Singalong Tammy or Claudia’s We Lost Him, But Kept Going work on a similar level, although via different means. If We Lost Him… also features vocal samples interwoven with complex sound structures and found sounds, Marion strongly relies on acoustic instrumentation to support the minimalist setting of Singalong Tammy. More straightforward, Bllix presents with Document.Write a true moment of classic electronica, evocative of Boards Of Canada or Christ. Only artist here to have an album under his belt, Diagram Of Suburban Chaos, aka William Snavely, evolves in similar spheres, with beautifully-laid warm analogue sounds wrapped over gentle glitches and carefully structure beat sequences, while Oti (Large Open Spaces), Autistici (Breath Holding On To A Window) and Effacer (Fire At Sea) create atmospheric landscapes, relying almost solely on scarce melodies and rarefied beats. Elsewhere, Disastrato or Henry Leo Duclos meticulously deconstruct a multitude of found sounds that are then collaged again, altering their relevance through profoundly electro-acoustic cycles.
Promising further compilations as well as individual releases, Audiobulb gives with Switches a promising taster of things to come. Despite the variety of sound and technique on offer, Switches remains sonically very consistent all the way through, and could well be the first of many steps into electronic wonderland.

Electromeda

It is superbly balanced and leveled (although diverse) with many outstanding ide
AUDIOBULB – "Switches" compilation


There is life beneath the surface of this melodic music planet. Abundance of life. Multitude of colonies diverse in sounds, ideas and shapes span across the continents. Our focus is one little group of sound-forms, residing in an Audiobulb. Let the title of this paper be “Switches”.

When you overview this group, noticeable is next: every examined entity contributes to quality of compilation with it’s superb skill. Whether it is IDM, ambient, or a collection of microsounds, it simply fits perfectly as part of superb mechanism: you see Disastrato construct bionic insects in his ‘song’ of complicated name, or Claudia in far, dark corner whimpering in morbidly gripping ‘We lost him, but kept going’. Opposite stands Oti with superb combo of sounds of nature and electronics in ‘Large Open Spaces’. Yes, many different sounds blended into excellent compilation.

My personal interest reflects in Marion’s ‘Singalong Tammy’ with warm string instruments and Room’s ‘Your Open Face’: truly amazing soft melody wrapped in contrasting bleeps and glitching rhythms. Alike but different is a favourite: ‘Wishing A Disease’ by phenomenal Diagram Of Suburban Chaos. Unassuming, soft, elusive melody just travels through the air accompanied by simple beat and lively glitches.
Your field of further studying might be Build’s ‘A Development…’ which is an audio escape from independent film’s solemn atmosphere soundtrack… or any other creation from “Switches” – each has it’s own identity and shape. In an outside world, rules are to be like a proven form, from a template in order to succeed. Audiobulb’s constitution is opposite, and that is the biggest plus for this young electro-community based in Sheffield: I am amazed by ideas contained in these fourteen presented songs. Not that each and every one is shaped the way I like, but you can sense freedom of expression, creativity unbound by commercialism.

To get back from politics to music: I am far from an expert in field of IDM/ambient scene, but this compilation I immensely liked. It is superbly balanced and leveled (although diverse) with many outstanding ideas contained within interesting songs. Giving it an ADDICTION mark is truly a compromise: grading this kind of music is a risk, could be I missed the artist’s intentions, could be my audio mind is tuned to different frequencies. That is why I play safe: 8/10.

Enjoy “Switches”, enjoy Audiobulb’s exploratory electronics.

Igloo

However if you want to classify what Audiobulb does, they are doing it just as w
Quite possibly with the help of the website design and previous cover art, I always envisioned the music released on Audiobulb to be composed by robotic insects: intricately built, crunchy, and considered to be a delicacy in many parts of the world. Although the first “Mpfree” release, Exhibition #1, wasn’t anything that got me too excited, the second installment, Exhibition #2, won me over immediately and received heavy rotation on my computer [then later my CD player when I had to burn it so I could listen to it on the go] for months. This time around, Audiobulb has a released a proper 14-track compilation CD entitled Switches.

Switches picks up where Exhibition #2 left off, but while the overall aesthetic hasn’t changed much, it certainly doesn’t feel like a sequel. Still filled with enough glitch to make a skipping CD jealous, this release breathes a bit more organic life into the music. Old favorites are still abound with Bllix, Diagram Of Suburban Chaos, He Can Jog, Prhizzm, and Effacer all making contributions again, but the synth pads all sound a little warmer, the beats a little brisker, and the ambiences a little more colorful. With so many sub-genres of IDM, clicks and cuts, glitch, ambio-drone, and lapfolktronica, I have no idea what exact categorization this compilation would be filed under. In fact, I have to admit that I don’t listen to much music that I would consider to be similar to this at all. However, if Audiobulb continues to raise the bar of their future releases as much as they have for their past three, there won’t be much need to look elsewhere.


Some tracks like Disastrato’s “C(ch)oaipba, Koa, C(ch)(S+am)” are collections of extremely minimal blips and scratches so sparse they blend in with the drone of the refrigerator in the next room and the traffic outside till you forget that your apartment isn’t truly part of the performance, though it works nicely. Others like Rodolphe Küffer’s “Content” and Build’s “A Development- with a grid of streets and a shopping center heart” are nice little jams of tightly structured, yet elegant electric beats. A particular favorite is the unassuming “Singalong Tammy” by Marion. Simple, searching guitar lines are padded with contrapuntal tones and guided by the rare IDM beat that isn’t a VST fanfare --Sincere and effective.


This album could be a transitional point for Audiobulb- stay the course or use it as a departure into other sounds and ideas. While it was a natural progression from Exhibition #2 to Switches the expansion could lead to so many different paths and styles. I think it would be interesting to see what else Audiobulb has in store, but if they stayed close to their current form it would in no way be a loss. However if you want to classify what Audiobulb does, they are doing it just as well (if not better) than anyone else out there.