“#MemoryoftheUniverse | Bayesian Poisoning”
Collaborative performance with 3D animations, live electronics & guitar - 2018, 47mins
Long-time collaborators, artist Alysse Stepanian and composer Philip Mantione perform together for the first time in Los Angeles. Also performing, Kelly Blunt.
Mantione’s live electronics, processed guitar, and text-driven music incorporate samples of operatic vocalist, Jan Opalach and found text culled from instances of Bayesian Poisoning, a method used to undermine spam filtering. The live sound is intertwined with the soundtracks from Stepanian’s 3D animations.
“Alysse Stepanian's videos, combined with Philip Mantione’s music evoke a powerfully visceral otherworld, which ushers one through a dystopian 'spacescape' that seems to glimpse the world from afar as a distant memory. This haunting dream world echoes through the chambers of time, past and present, to be read simultaneously as a contemporary lament and as a far-reaching cry into the black hole of an apocalyptic netherworld… We are introduced to the mythopoeic cowwoman, at once menacing and compassionate, as merciful as she is righteous. She clomps heroically, through these scenes of an aerial, eerily calm nightmare. A Hannah Arendt-like banality is ascribed to this bizarrely, almost peaceful overview of horror."
– Kelly Blunt, artist and writer, July 2018
Black Artiodactyls explores the intermingling of the occult, psyops and the military industrial complex using a mixture of electro acoustics, analog synthesis and digital sampling.
Jay Howard has been making noise as Circuit Wound since 2000. He produces anything from harsh noise to industrial loops to subdued apocalyptic soundscapes. The project seems to draw from an apocalyptic view of the world. Jay says, “Circuit Wound, conceptually, is based around the overwhelming frustration of living in a large city and the urban takeover of nature…” Often, his accompanying visual art focuses on the decaying artifacts of industry (if titles of early releases like Corrosive Landscape, the Gathering of Rust, and the Gathering of Decay aren’t illustrative enough). Later releases seem to struggle with the idea of place and the psychological tensions that develop in an urban environment. Jay also runs the label and distro Sentient Recordings.
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