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a captive of oxygen


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former available as 3" CD-R / SOLD OUT !

composed & produced by Per Åhlund at EMS Stockholm, 2012 - 2013
photography & design by Per Åhlund



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released January 11, 2016

This 20-minute piece is the second part in a triptych of 3” CD-Rs on attenuation circuit that Diskrepant started with the release of “Through the Odious Framework” in 2012. After the more drone-oriented first part, this is a composition created almost entirely from amplified objects and reverberated field recordings. Working at a very quiet sound level, Diskrepant invites his audience to listen as closely as possible, which offers the possibility of finding unexpected beauty “inside” the sounds.

Swedish sound artist Per Åhlund started to experiment with sounds as Diskrepant in 1997. He started exploring the possibilities of feedback, voice and effects and from there it went. He now works mostly with his computer, combining sounds from analog modular systems, acoustic, concrete sounds, field recordings and effects. Live he uses contact microphones, vibrators, gadgets and effect modules to form gloomy soundscapes and noisy, abstract sound environments.

File under: Ambient



Per Ahlund has been working some time as Diskrepant and 'A Captive Of Oxygen' is his second part in a trilogy that started with 'Through The Odious Framework' (see Vital Weekly 840) and it sees a continuation of that release, using field recordings, sound effects, manipulation, analog modular systems, acoustic sounds and such like. This is basically another fine mix of all of these sound sources working together in the best musique concrete-meets-drone-meets-ambient way. Here we have something of which the balance works quite well, and which is loosely organized, maybe almost in an improvisational manner put together, but working through some distinctive parts of the piece. It's not that academic in that respect, but of course that for me makes it better and also never any less serious in itself. It's also not something that is necessarily new in terms of… well… new, something unheard of, but it's all done very nicely indeed. (FdW)



igloo magazine:

A Captive of Oxygen is close-up magic, field recordings of a rubber-booted hunter slogging through muck and tall, wet grass before entering a rusting, oily world like the Zone of Tarkovsky’s Stalker.
Sweden’s Per Åhlund presents the second three inches in a nine-inch trilogy that began with Through an Odious Framework. A Captive of Oxygen is close-up magic, field recordings of a rubber-booted hunter slogging through muck and tall, wet grass before entering a rusting, oily world like the Zone of Tarkovsky’s Stalker. The walker turns into a vinyl cripple, limping over a low tone that actually instills in the listener a certain cold comfort in this cast-iron, toxic brownfield, as do the birds, who always have the option of flying far, far away. Deftly manipulated, Diskrepant’s A Captive of Oxygen fuses natural and synthetic sounds into a far-more earthbound second chapter, albeit one into which you are required to supply your own fresh air.
(Stephen Fruitman)




Der Schwede Per Åhlund, der sich als Soundartist DISKREPANT nennt, bringt mit A Captive of Oxygen(ACM 1014, 3" CD-R) die Fortsetzung zu Through The Odious Framework(ACM 1013, 2012). Die elementaren und natürlichen Prozesse von Wasser, Eis und Schnee, wie sie ihn in Skare, seinem Duo mit M. Josefson (von Moljebka Pvlse) faszinieren, scheinen auch hier das Klangbild zu bestimmen. Als Tauchgang ins nasse Element, mit aufsteigenden Luftblasen, Brandungsgeplätscher und dumpfen Lauten, wie tief unter Wasser gehört. Wieder an Land, hört man, wenn man durchs Gras schlurcht und über Kiesel knurscht, Vögel zwitschern. Zu diesen konkreten, in diesem Moment fast idyllischen Geräuschen kommen aber noch Klänge, die einem für andere unhörbar durch den Kopf gehen. Ein nicht ganz geheures, Unbehagen bereitendes Rumoren, das nicht weggeht, wenn man sich wäscht. Gegen das Unbehagen hilft sonores Surren in harmonischen Schüben, wobei ein dunkles Ticktack die Beruhigung durch seinen Sekundenfraß gleich wieder unterhöhlt.





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