Carriers, PA

by Adam Asnan

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"I studied electroacoustic composition where I learned the essentials of how to manage material. I spent a lot of time in the studio developing my skills for fixed media, fixed composition, but now I am far more interested in the recording situation, than the result of the actual 'composing'."

Adam Asnan is a sound artist based between London and Berlin. His electroacoustic works and performances promote the aesthetic potential of recorded amplified sound, the auditory ‘image’ and the virtues of spatialisation. He focuses on a variety of listenable forms; architectural impressions of space (un/real), site-specific sounds, extended techniques in acousmatic diffusion and the implementation of resonant metal.

Carriers, PA is collection of sound studies using two different techniques:

Carrier (I-III) - Two interconnected ring modulators, recorded directly from the 'carrier' outputs - the internal signal used to modulate an external signal against, controlled with a potentiometer. For some reason, it bore a lot of inexplicable effects to that signal when patched in a particular way.

PA (I-III) stands for phantom artefacts. It was a technique of sending phantom power to a device that also offered phantom power (which was powering a stereo pair of mics) and the subsequent 'electro-static' sounds that it would produced, and various recordings of amplified hum and detritus.

“I very rarely use analogue synthesis, so this collection of studies is quite unique, despite being produced a number of years ago. I have come to really adore many aspects of these recordings, such as their intricacy and energy, and sense of malleability, and that the two types, (Carriers, PA) play well together, but were never intended to".

Adam is one third of VA AA LR with Vasco Alves and Louie Rice, and has previously collaborated with artists such as Luciano Maggiore, Bryan Eubanks, Enrico Malatesta, Attila Faravelli and Giuseppe Ielasi.


released March 23, 2016

artwork: Miroslav Žolobanič
design: Zoltán Czakó, Jakub Juhás
released by mappa as MAP02


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