Tarab — An incomplete yet fixed idea
Eamon Sprod is a Melbourne, Australia-based
sound artist who releases work under the name Tarab. Today, we listen
to his upcoming effort An incomplete yet fixed idea which is out on
Aposiopèse–a non-profit record label based in France and Belgium.
Tarab’s work involves the re-contextualization of found sounds and
field recordings, and while he’s been active since 2011, this is his
first release for the experimental acoustics label Aposiopèse. Composed
of two long-form tracks running just under, and right at, twenty
minutes, An incomplete yet fixed idea continues Tarab’s fascination with
“discarded things, found things, crawling around in the dirt, junk, the
ground, rocks, dust, wind, walking aimlessly, scratchy things, [and]
The artist’s sound collecting strategies in the past have reportedly
involved the kinds of visceral interactions between Sprod’s microphone
and the environment that includes burying it in the ground or scraping
it across surfaces, what he might be referring to when he says,
“crawling around in the dirt…”; but, beyond that, Sprod also seems to
take a very hands-on approach to re-contextualizing the sources through
constant processing and recycling of these field recordings. The result
on “An incomplete yet fixed idea I“, which you can listen to below, is
a psycho-acoustic journey through sound and silence. Blurring the lines
between the natural environments of his original recordings and the
processing they undergo subsequently, Tarab draws the listener into
fascinating acoustic spaces that seem at once familiar and alien all at
the same time.
Tarab focuses on a hazy journey with the
engrossing “An Incomplete Yet Fixed Idea”. Capturing field recordings
alongside electro-acoustic manipulations, the songs have a surreal
quality to them. By trying to offer another view of the sonic universe
that surrounds, it at times feels almost real, like being out in the
center of the world. Other moments search for the truly unusual, the
unique characteristics that give a geographic locale its true spirit.
Drones shimmer on by with the utmost of care, as Tarab lets the high
and low frequencies intermingle in a glorious tapestry of sound.
“Side A” offers the quieter experience. At first seemingly
running through frequencies, the sound eventually settles for a moment.
Gradually Tarab lets additional layers of sound into the mix giving it
a rich, bubbling cauldron sort of take. Eventually Tarab flirts with
elements of noise and outright chaos, for the song gains a playful
nature to it. For much of “Side A” though Tarab is content to live
within the mellowed hues of a sound. Towards the latter half of the
song this proves to be particularly true. With “Side B” Tarab takes
nearly an industrial approach to the soundscapes. Metallic clangs and
eerie threatening sounds dominate much of the side. By far the
highlight, Tarab shows the darker nature of the aural universe. In
fact, about a third of the way through it fully submerges into pure,
unkempt noise. The final moments of the track merely emphasize this,
ending in a glorious blurred cloud of static.
With “An Incomplete Yet Fixed Idea” Tarab sculpts a flawless, coherent
amplification of the world.
Tarab - An Incomplete Fixed Idea [Aposiopese 013 Promo]
Incoming from the experimental-focused Aposiopese-imprint is "An
Incomplete Fixed Idea", the latest album effort created by the
Australian composer Tarab, better known to his friends and parents as
Eamon Sprod. Released as a limited to 300 copies 180g vinyl edition in
mid-May, 2k17 the album is split in two parts of approx. 20 minutes
length, exploring a musical range from static Noize to re-arranged,
warped and processed birds tweeting, eerie dronings from what seem to
be modular sources, everyday Field Recordings to industrial grinding
and scraping, fluttering winds, rain, eerie low frequency bass
sequences indicating lurking danger, clanging metal, electrostatics and
much more, presenting an array of collected sonic events arranged in a
seemingly non-linear, yet fascinating matter for all lovers of highly
experimental music and, of course, Musique Concrete. If you think
you've heard it all mark June 16th, 2k17 in your calendar as this is
the date this album piece is about to be released. Check!