Following his compelling comment on the modern-day culture of call centres, Disruptive Muzak – awarded Album of the Year 2016 by Boomkat – Sam Kidel turns his analytical artistry towards the ominous gatekeepers of online communication with a rave-inspired rebel spirit to match his scientific methodology.
‘Live @ Google Data Center’ trespasses in Google’s data centre in Council Bluffs (Iowa) to perform electronic music amongst the humming banks of servers and endless cable runs, without actually breaking in; Kidel used architectural plans based on photos of the data centre to acoustically model the sonic qualities of the space. The resulting acoustics simulate the sound of Kidel’s notes, rhythms and melodies reverberating through the maximum security location.
‘Voice Recognition Dos Attack’ questions our vulnerability in the face of global data giants. The audio patch used by Kidel seeks to disable voice recognition software by triggering phonemes (the smallest units of language). When you speak while the patch is playing, the cascading shards of human expression mask your speech and thus protect you from automated surveillance. Additional musical elements are fed into this patch to create the version heard on this release.
LP (12”/ Digital)
Jasper Spicero (2012)
Studio Hugo Blanzat