Gilles Aubry – S6t8r

Winds Measure Recordings

Berlin-based Swiss artist Gilles Aubry has recently launched this powerful recording in a limited edition of only 300 copies (take note) on Brooklyn-based imprint, Winds Measure Recordings. These small editions are packed in incredibly lovely letterpress packages which are elegant. On S6t8r the music is broken into three parts. The proceedings start off as a wide-open windy cavern, rushing air through spaces, like tubes and empty corridors. In fact, the recording was made at Stralau 68, an empty building. With this flow going strong Aubry adds a percussive clanging of something being played with, say on a concrete floor, and handles the crackles, hiss and unexpected quite expertly. His minimal cadences shift just enough to keep you alert for further listening. As things progress to Part 2 the sudden heightening in the curve of decibels becomes readily apparent. Like an elongated warble of organic scraping, muted in a gray mix that is as once warm as it is somewhat frightening. This would depend on your own personal space or backdrop of course, but it is an encompassing, if not monotonous work that fills the room to its perameters, but knows when to quit. It’s like riding bareback on railroad tracks that are only partially greased. Further listening draws the ear to something sparking the extra terrestrial, glowing, pulsing. And about 3/4 into the piece something extraordinary happens at this juncture, something cinematic, anticipatory, yet completely mysterious. A rush, a gush of powerwashing hiss, but only in brief, draws you into this dwindling falling sensation. A great recording for headphone listening as there are so many augmented branches in the changing atmosphere, taking appropriate breaths between these steps, dousing you with an artful mix. As in much ambient/drone music this one has plenty of lead-in build-up, heightening the fullness of each of these 13-minute plus tracks before he starts to tinker with the brighter tonalities, as heard in the final track here. Aubry adds sine waves that polarize and part the quietude, and waits until nearly the end to do so. It’s laced with such a high tone taking you outside the entire spectrum of everything previous, fading out in the final seconds, leading the listener to believe that perhaps there will be a sequel….

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