T​/​E 103 - Machine Listener "Endless Coil"

by Machine Listener

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    "Machine Listener is the solo project of Cleveland based visual/sonic artist Matthew Gallagher, also a member of the “massively deformed” rust-belt free jazz outfit Fire Death. May 2016 sees the debut LP release of Machine Listener on Tusco/Embassy Press’s Midwest division titled Endless Coil. The record is a collection of late-night, generative synth compositions.
    Recorded in the weeks following West Virginia noise festival Voice of the Valley, Endless Coil derives inspiration from the vast biodiversity of the West Virginian wilderness and attempts to piece together the feeling of wonderment fostered by such an environment. Insectile, respiratory, and dendriform subject matter pervade this recording, electronically representing voices that are so often drowned out by the imagined self-importance of human civilization."

    "As Machine Listener, Cleveland-based Matthew Gallagher artist and musician, creates enormous and agile sets of noise music that skirts blunt of brutal tendencies of the genre for more curious, engaged experiences. Endless Coil, Gallagher's latest release, ventures even further into glorious and otherworldly treks of sound and away from some of the more abrasive areas the project has mined in the past. The opening motif rockets into the air in a spiraling din of Terry Riley-esque noise, shimmering in a trail of frayed and shifting sound. The display soon dissolves into a massive, undulating drift similar to Beat-era Bowery Electric and focusing its powers on both terrestrial and celestial bliss points. Gallagher steers things into more minimal realms, ditching the layers of tones and textures for a simple, optimistic but eerie bell melody. The B-side unfurls a slow and sedate but robust shroud of amplified electronics, burning through worn but sturdy organ drones as though John Cale's early New York recordings were slowed to a smear."
    - Bobby Power via Adhoc.fm

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In 2014 I had some formative experiences in the West Virginian wilderness. Watching a black bear cub running through a field, venturing into the woods late at night and listening to the business of millions of nocturnal organisms, 100 foot tall trees blanketed with lightning bugs, a face-to- face meeting with a deer in a barn... The filters imposed by civilization on perception were greatly reduced. I remember looking up at the night sky and seeing a divine geometric organization in the stars. Even if only an illusion, I could see the universe accelerating in all directions. For the first time I could truly begin to address the vastness of the cosmos. Death was ever present in the woods in a far less abstracted manner than in the city. The dualistic nature of life and death seemed to erode once surrounded by such rich biodiversity and I began to believe that dichotomous relationship artificial. These experiences broke my ego in a necessary and religious manner. It was imperative to develop a practice for worshipping them. My synthesizer became a tool of prayer, each patch an environment to live in. This record is my way of sharing them.


released June 5, 2016



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