Cipher is the latest release from C.A.N.V.A.S., a pioneering label and experimental stable operating out of London. Curated by label co-founder Lugh, it brings together nine contributing artists – Object Blue, Ben Vince and Flora Yin -Wong feature amongst the credits – to explore the representation of music through the use of, or lack of visual symbols.
Each artist creates a track as a response to the label’s mission statement: aiming to “re-evaluate the graphic score and other means by which music has been codified,” C.A.N.V.A.S pose three questions for the artists to select from and interpret. As a result, the LP is a collection of individual, yet collaborative responses, seeking to reconsider the hegemony of authorship in the context of the codification of music, theorising what this could mean for music propagation.
Berlin producer Ausschuss channels the second question* on ‘Frontier Control’. It speculates on the possibility of visual information within sound and conceived in thought, Ausschuss using sound design to humanise and deconstruct club sounds. His use of hollow spherical percussion, mechanical suction, metallic reverberations, clock like rhythm and bell tower clangs call out to a distant, dream-induced dancefloor.
Short pauses leaves space for simple meditative consideration. It’s a tantalising sift through the Ausschuss music making process, questionning how music is conceived in the mind.
* “Do you make music in the image of how it is conceived in your mind? Speculate on the possibility or impossibility of visual information that channels sounds conceived in thought. What would the symbols resemble if they would faithfully transmit an absolute authorship of the mind.”
Cipher is out February 22nd on C.A.N.V.A.S. – pre-order direct from the label.