Label: sama recordings
Format: Limited Edition Cassette / Digital Download
Catalog number: samatape012
Release Date: October 25th, 2021
Supported by SKE Fonds
The project name »A / B« references several aspects of the cooperation: The initials of the artist names Akaroid and BYDL, the distance from A to B and the A and B sides of the tape cassette. The two artists worked in a shared folder in their home studios in Berlin and Vienna without ever meeting or making explanatory phone calls. Each musician brought in his own elements, samples, sound designs and production techniques in order to play in new parts using the ping-pong process, to arrange them or to change the material of the predecessor through manipulation and processing. The sound generation and the sound design took place via analog / digital modular synthesizers as well as in the laptop or via conventional miking of acoustic instruments (percussion). The entire EP is supported by a sense of cooperation and innovative ways not to lose common creativity to isolation, even when contact is prohibited.
The basis of all tracks consists of extractions from field recordings. The ambiences and original notes obtained in this way (mainly from Vienna and Berlin - A / B) were not only processed with effects, but also used via MIDI programming to output beat, melody or harmony. As a result, the recordings fit more organically into the track structure and are supported by the arrangement of those elements that are more familiar to the hearing of the recipients. On the one hand, the title of the track reveals the location of the respective field recordings used in the track and, on the other hand, the one or two-digit number in brackets shows how often the project was sent from A to B before it was finalized, which provides a unique insight into the artists way of production.
Christopher Jan Herb is an artist from Berlin who has been producing experimental techno under the name Akaroid since 2018. In addition to straight 4/4 beats, syncopated and interwoven sequences often appear in his tracks, which are characterized by polyrhythms and algorithmic composition techniques.
Sandro Nicolussi is a Vienna-based and driven journalist, podcaster, activist, photographer, DJ, musician and multimedia artist. Since the release of his debut EP on the Ternär label, the restless musician has recorded releases on Vienna Underground Traxx, Cykel Records and as his own publications. BYDL's music happens in the field of tension between ambient, drone, techno and breakbeat and always follows an experimental approach and the use of unusual sound production (tape loops, experimental synthesizers, electroacoustic and electromagnetic field sensors).
released October 25, 2021
All music written, recorded, produced & mixed by Christopher Jan Herb (Akaroid) & Sandro Nicolussi (BYDL) in Berlin and Vienna, 2021
Mastering: Dino Spiluttini
Artwork: Mariya Khymynets