coordinates scribbled on a map, lost, then recovered in the world of dreams. in the coldest region, the promise of breaking through the inner ice. the polar desert, another frontier of our planetary existence, a territory where only fools and heroes dare to go.
69º54´-135º12´E. has been released on 21 June 2011 by Audio Gourmet netlabel. free download here.
written and produced by Lauki.
track 2 “Deconstrucción”. main violin – Heike Grafe
original photograph by Sdroie: sdroie.deviantart.com
artwork design by Urtzi Ziarsolo
texts by Irantzu Piquero
With the juxtaposition of classical music set to fractured digital manipulation, 69º54´S-135º12´E is characterised by crystalline nets of microsound, glitch and computer sounds that break upon contact with the delicately analog melancholy of rubbed strings.
The contrast of these two ingredients is stark, like ice melting in the hot summer sun. The ice is fragile and vulnerable, inevitably melting away quickly in the intensity of the heat. For this EP, the five short tracks reference this beautifully as the modern classical melodies are quickly melted into droplets by the electronic glitches, evaporating in just fifteen minutes.
The beauty is in the collapse…
(Mikel) Lauki is a Basque-artist (born in Pamplona) who is residing in Barcelona at the moment. His 5-track issue is a melancholic, glittering whole travelling down along with emotive cello chords which in turn are backed up by treated electronics and epic acoustics mixed environment. It involves uplifting crescendos and sublime shuffle of chords. Sometimes it is more experimental, sometimes more poppy thereby reminding even of Penguin Cafe Orchestra. In a word, it is highly pictureque by its expressionistic touch and approach.