Battery Operated: re: CORD
 
 

Rockerilla (Italy, 2005)
Rif Raf (Belgium, 2005)
Chaindlk on-line magazine (Germany, 2005)
Neural (Italy, 2005)
Vital Weekly (Netherlands, 2005)

Rockerilla (Italy, 2005)

Rif Raf (Belgium, 2005)

Chaindlk on-line magazine (Germany, 2005)

Battery Operated are a group who consist of musicians, video producers and web designers. They have been working together since 2000 when they met in Melbourne, Australia. Made up of Tomkz (sound), Wade Walker (sound) and Beewoo (video) the group reached their fourth studio album and with this they also made an ambitious project. RE: CORD is a multimedia project which consist of a CD and a video DVD. For the whole project Battery Operated used different collaborators (BCD, Richard H. Kirk, Mathias Delplanque, Freiband, Kurt Ralske, Identification, Digital Cutup Lounge, Kim Ki-Chul, Sachico. M, Gate and Pretty Boy Crossover). They sent to each of them (forming a chain mail) a black box of an aircraft and asked them to use it and to send back their favourite conspiracy theory in form of sounds, visuals or writings. When the group received back the various pieces they used them to do their own remix album based on those sounds. On the DVD you can find the ten original tracks along with visual works by Emma Mcrae, Beewoo and the collaborators themselves (videos or images). Musically the CD sounds like an ambient / electronic glitch album made of different sounds/moods. Interesting and creative but, in my opinion, enriched by the whole creative steps and by the DVD which take back the recordings to their basic form (more experimental than the final result). On the DVD you can also find the whole reference material (visuals, writings, etc) that made all this possible. Really interesting: it's like having an installation at home!

Neural (Italy, 2005)

I progetti seriali, in cui un'informazione passa di mano in mano modificandosi nel tragitto, fino a raggiungere uno stadio finale e definitivo, o una documentazione del suo progetto di trasformazione, sono una prerogativa degli artisti che credono nelle possibilità di un modello cooperativo e collaborativo e che lo applicano con strategie personali. I Battery Operated ne offrono un brillante esempio con questo progetto che, per far transitare le informazioni fra gli artisti coinvolti, ha scelto la forma di una verosimile classica scatola nera (black box) usata negli aerei per registrare tutte le operazioni compiute dal veivolo. Colorata di rosso e denominata 'Parabox' ha ospitato le scelte di dieci artisti, che hanno veicolato la loro teoria cospirazionista preferita in forma di contributi musicali, visivi e scritti. L'ultima spedizione (dopo transiti che hanno coinvolto fra gli altri Richard Kirk, storico fondatore dei Cabaret Voltaire e Frans De Waard, parte del team di Staalplaat) è stata destinata ai titolari dell'operazione che hanno remixato il tutto in un summa operata su un piano musicale da un lato e visivo dall'altro. Lo spazio percorso dai diversi contributi e il fatto che siano fisicamente passati di mano in mano ne rende ancora più apprezzabile l'eterogeneo risultato finale, visibilmente generato da menti diverse, ma ben compendiato in un unico stile. Il transito che ha consentito la raccolta fisica dei materiali ne ha probabilmente segnato anche, di volta in volta, la realizzazione, realizzando un processo unificato nella forma, ma collettivo nella sostanza.

Vital Weekly (Netherlands, 2005)

To fully understand what this is all about, the best thing is to start with the DVD part of it. It has ten tracks from ten artists around the world, who received a black box, in which they had to put their favorite conspiracy theory in sonic, visual and written form. Once that was completed, it was send back to Battery Operated, who initiated the project, who in return made an audio and visual remix of the material. The ten tracks, spanning most continents and each dealing with their favorite conspiracy theory, is a well-varied bunch. From the surprisingly rocky opening by BCD, one of Richard H. Kirk's nicknames to the ambient pieces of Kurt Ralske and Mathias Delplanque, tribal rhythms from Kim Ki-Chul and trip-hop breakbeats from Digital Cutup Lounge, to the more experimental outings of Gate and Freiband and the peeps Sachiko M, this is goes all over the musical place and should offer more than excellent reworkings for Battery Operated. The audio remix of the material by Battery Operated brings the material back to quite experimental techno beats and crackling static hiss. It's hard to recognize any of the original material in there, but that makes it altogether much more exciting. The remix as a tool is a real expansive one, as once again is proven by Battery Operated. On the DVD part there is also the entire film they made for this work, which is a likewise hallucinatory work of camera's, both in and out of control.

 

 

 


 
 
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