Modularia

Modularia

by Aaron Miller
     
 

Digital audio and video artist Aaron Miller has included an example of his video work on his first album in the form of a Quicktime movie file for the track "Deepfield." It reveals what appears to be his modus operandi. Simple shapes (squares and circles) appear and disappear in various combinations, each visual element always remaining in the same spot but triggered… See more details below

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Digital audio and video artist Aaron Miller has included an example of his video work on his first album in the form of a Quicktime movie file for the track "Deepfield." It reveals what appears to be his modus operandi. Simple shapes (squares and circles) appear and disappear in various combinations, each visual element always remaining in the same spot but triggered on and off, forming changing landscapes of static objects. The music seems to be constructed in a similar way: a stack of layers, each sample or loop of grainy, crackling digital electronics placed on its own layer and switched on and off without much more integration than that. It makes for a clumsy, jerky patchwork, or more exactly "modular" composition to pick up Miller's album title. The result is actually a bit more elaborate and varied than that, but while referencing the likes of Stephen Vitiello, Tetsu Inoue, and Peter Rehberg (aka Pita), it has little new to offer. "Just/Like an Oval" opens the disc with a sharp barrage of digitalia, but things mellow down afterwards. "Melody (Finally)" hints at the hazy song recollections of Fennesz. Other tracks borrow from micro-sound experiments. You have to give Miller credit for his track titles. He goes the extra length to plant seeds of humor where too many laptop artists are satisfied with dry file naming. Titles like "When My Computer Wakes Up," "Poptastic," and "Euphonious Lapse" provide quirky hints as to the nature of the sound sources -- the latter title seems to indicate that those sinuous, slightly sickening low tones originated from an euphonium! They may be misleading, but they add a little spice to an otherwise bland listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Hallmark Records
UPC:
5030073033921
catalogNumber:
30339

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Tracks

  1. Just/Like an Oval  - Aaron Miller
  2. Things Change Color When You Sleep  - Aaron Miller
  3. Super Distorto  - Aaron Miller
  4. Inspace  - Aaron Miller
  5. Melody (Finally)  - Aaron Miller
  6. +/- Five  - Aaron Miller
  7. When My Computer Sleeps  - Aaron Miller
  8. When My Computer Wakes Up  - Aaron Miller
  9. Undone  - Aaron Miller
  10. Bleep/Build  - Aaron Miller
  11. Medley One  - Aaron Miller
  12. Rockstatic  - Aaron Miller
  13. Poptastic  - Aaron Miller
  14. When Paul Came Over  - Aaron Miller
  15. Symbol Ø  - Aaron Miller
  16. Euphonious Lapse  - Aaron Miller
  17. Signatural  - Aaron Miller
  18. Deepfield  - Aaron Miller
  19. Sistemas  - Aaron Miller
  20. Distal Funk  - Aaron Miller
  21. Plastic  - Aaron Miller
  22. Deepfield  - Aaron Miller

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