A selection of first recordings originally released in 1995 as a self-titled homemade tape by eRikm, mainly composed with turntables and prepared records, along with other sources, a unique blend of innovative musique concrete and post-industrial sound.
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Edition of 300
Catalog ID: SONORIS 001LP
Squidco Product Code: 22236
All tracks recorded 1994-1995 by the artist.
ErikM-turntables, prepared records, various sonic sources
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1. No Accident 3:56
2. Piscine 2:11
3. Ventoline and Berotec 4:04
4. Shangri-La II 4:47
5. Rose 4:56
1. Ich War Ein Armer Heidensohn ! 8:46
2. White Deep 2:31
3. 1937. Encore Des Dieux 3:06
4. Hangar a Sel 1:34
5. Parallel Stress 2:58
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"Over the years there have been reviews of the work of eRikm, as he likes to spell out his name, sometimes solo, but by my own estimation more in collaboration with other people. His main instruments are media products, such as vinyl and CDs, which he damages and then starts playing again, layering them together into new compositions. He has been doing so for more than twenty years. In 1995 he released his fourth cassette, in which he worked with vinyl more than CDs, using, if the postcards are any help, three turntables at the time, scratching records, carving grooves to create loops, cutting records in half and sticking them back together, making burn holes and such like. It's not unlike the work of Milan Knizak, who coined the term 'broken music' already in the sixties and Christian Marclay.
eRikm put this on a four-track cassette and created his own compositions with these sounds, and I must say I quite enjoyed this lot. If I'm honest I find the whole turntablist movement a bit tiring, but what eRikm does here is very good. His pieces aren't some scratch records being played, but by layering various sounds together he creates pieces of music, which are engaging to hear. Minimal at times, loop-wise of course, but eRikm takes exactly the right sound of a record and fiddles around with it, so he slip in a melody of some kind, such as in the beautiful 'Rose'. Occasionally of course there is noise, which seems hard to avoid if you do this, but they don't seem to be around here a lot. All ten pieces are kept to a minimum in length, except perhaps for 'Ich War Ein Armer Heidensohn', which is almost nine minutes, in which eRikm explores his material and plays a 'song', rather than presenting some experiments of an electro-acoustic nature.
I must admit I didn't hear any of the eRikm cassettes in the nineties, but if the others were like this, then I'd say: bring it on. This is an excellent record; if you are into turntablism, good ol' fashioned experimental music with a fine dash of noise sewn into this or just into overlooked obscurities: this is the place to be."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly
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"Since 1992, eRikm has extended the field of artistic experimentation on the international scene.
Maintaining a constant fusion between thought, instinct and sensitivity, he pursues a simultaneity of practices and addresses the interplay between various compositional modes, relating to and using all languages.
From his early experience as a guitarist through to his later visual work, he is a maverick genre-bender who breaks down anyone's attempts to conveniently classify him.
Quickly recognised as a virtuoso turntablist and sound artist (1996), eRikm has made a longlife habit of crossing all territories and " world-systems " deemed "independent", "institutional".
At the same time (1997), he has developed an open and aspirational approach toward the technological media, both as a means of development for a new economic model and as an instrument for creation, production and diffusion.
He deals with sounds like living organisms, constantly in flux, always open to the risk of accident or delight/unisson. As he plays with all these contradictions in his improvisations, his performance reaches new heights of intensity, trading off both understanding and sensation, seriousness and farce, anticipation and instinct.
His work references both the intimate and political, both popular and high culture, but without demonstration. Rather he creates a short-circuit connection between points with his live generated (and degenerated) material - from noise to reference - presenting multiple ways to capture each moment of the present in clear focus.
Throughout his career, collaborations have naturally occurred with his audiences and contemporaries, most notably : Luc Ferrari, Christian Marclay, Mathilde Monnier, Jerome Noetinger, FM Einheit... The kind of coincidences which have confirmed his instinctive search for transmutation, and to play on several levels.
Since 1997, on his own or with collaborators, eRikm has toured (with 5-7 on-tour projects to date), or created by request specific pieces, both transversal or for fixed spaces (record labels, radio, festivals, art centres...)
In the meanwhile, each time building on what has emerged before, the most personal fragments from his work (notably from his early artworks in photography, drawings, visual installations and video) continue to substantiate a singular kaleidoscopic vision.
Ultimately, eRikm's research resonates through all of his work, bordering scientific discovery and a poetic curiosity of the world.
eRikm is a Marseille based artist"-eRikm Website (http://www.erikm.com/infos/bio/)
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