Following a joint billing at Brisbane’s Metro Arts Space in 2002, Melbourne based composer Philip Samartzis and sound artist Lawrence English shared a 30-minute performance that was to become the beginning of their on-going turntable duo. Both Samartzis (a member of the legendary Australian turntable group Gum) and English (a regular player with DJ Olive, Janek Schaefer and others) have long histories of live actions utilising turntables and together each of them brings a wealth of gestures and unique sonic qualities to the instrument.
Recorded in early 2006, this edition captures the initial studio works from these two artists and seeks to reflect on the potential of the cyclical nature of vinyl and the surface noise that envelopes the very medium itself.
I regularly imbibe pure frequency-substance from Mr. Chartier, having collected a number of his recordings, and this is one of my favorite ones. So lyrical and...apt... are all the little parts and pieces. Everything has never been in this much of a right place. Considered sound, concise statement, well-met communique. One of those special records that is just as much music as it isn't, and continues to be there for me when disconnection is paramount. Thank you, Mr. Chartier. Tom Rimshot