Friday, 21 January 2011

Demdike Stare

I rather like these LP covers for Manchester duo Demdike Stare, a "collaborative project [that] tracks the sonic leylines of cult soundtracks, Arabesque dubs and psychotomimetic ephemera with a proper Lancastrian twist". They're by Andy Votel, who runs the Finders Keepers and Twisted Nerve labels and, I believe, used to teach at Stockport College. From Boomkat's description of Tryptych, their latest release:

The music Demdike Stare make is hard to pin down, based largely around archival musical sources ranging from obscure library records to long forgotten jazz, early electronic, and industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish and Eastern European material largely unknown in the Western world. Demdike Stare absorb and re-align these found sounds via their ever-expanding array of analogue machinery, ending up with something that is in part Plunderphonic, but ultimately completely new.

Check out the video for "Hashshashin Chant" at The Wire.

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