Sculpture: Membrane Pop – album review
Sculpture – Membrane Pop (Software Recording Co.)
Sculpture are an experimental audio-visual duo who describe themselves as an ‘opto-musical agglomerate’ who ‘don’t think experimental music has to be dark, difficult or joyless.’ They have tried ‘to make something playful, and maybe a little absurd.’ Louder Than War’s Adrian Bloxham has been listening to the album, read what he thinks below.
Sculpture seem to have a sense of humour, this album made me smile. It seems to be, on first listen, a mish mash of small computer samples and sounds, all put together with little or no cohesion at all. But repeated listening makes you stop and realise that there is indeed a pattern to this music and just because it’s not what you expect or have experienced before it is still music and still worth your time and energy to get to grips with.
It feels like a bunch of robots have broken into the Kraftwerk main server, done a deal with the old Nokia ringtone provider and got R2 D2 to provide guest vocals. If that sounds a tad irreverent then I’m afraid I tend to be sometimes.
Seriously though, Sculpture is a collaboration between Dan Hayhurst, a British musician who according to the website is responsible for media devices and electronic instruments, and Reuben Sutherland, from New Zealand who handles the video zoetrope turntable, animation and optix. Which is to say that, as far as I can gather, they have created this bleeping, squelching, humming opus together. The video for ‘Hackle Scam Populator’ fits perfectly the fizzing, dissolving sound; it’s as much a part of the overall feel of the music as with the Gorillaz.
It’s fairly pointless me describing each track here, watch the video and you can hear and see where this sound is coming from. A producer and Animator doing what they want to for us to experience, it’s a blast of freezing cold fresh air, seriously worth a listen.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.