진상태 - Extensity of Hard Disk Dirve
2. extention [sample]
3. room for space
진상태의 라이너노트 포함
진상태: hard disk drives
all performed, recorded and mastered by Jin Sangtae
recorded at space dotolim
designed by Choi Joonyong
진상태는 2004년부터 서울의 실험음악 씬에서 활발하게 활동하고 있다. 그는 류한길의 레이블인 Manual에서 나온 5 modules 시리즈에 류한길, 최준용, 박승준, Taku Unami, Mattin과 함께 참가하였으며, 즉흥음악을 위한 닻올림이라는 작은 공간을 운영하며 공연기획도 하고 있다.
진상태는 용산전자상가에서 아르바이트로 일했던 경험으로 라디오, 랩탑, 컴퓨터파워, 하드디스크 등 전자장비를 이용하여 자신만의 연주방법을 개발해왔다. 본 앨범에서는 두 개의 하드디스크를 스피커로 이용하여, 피드백 사운드로 하드디스크를 진동시켜 소리가 발생하는 것을 녹음하였다. 그 결과물은 전자 시그널 사운드와 하드디스크의 똑딱거리는 물리적인 소리가 섞여 스튜디오의 앰비언스 안에서 마치 고장난 듯한 그루브를 만들어냈다.
[review by Brian Olewnick]
Jin continues a recent interest of his in overt rhythmic elements, mechanical
but gritty at the same time, playing amplified hard drives. Though the rhythms
are static, the sound envelope around them is by turns billowy, rough, grainy,
feedback-laden, making for an intriguing dichotomy for the listener to deal
with. Sometimes things become almost primitively tribal, albeit a faux kind of
primitivism I associate with bands like Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. It's rocky
and disjointed listening, not easy, and though I'm frankly not sure if this
particular avenue is going to be one I'm prone to enjoy negotiating in the years
to come, I'm glad there's someone out there testing the environs.
[review on Vital Weekly 652 by Frans de Waard]
Jin Sangtae (who actually recorded the previous disc reviewed:bnn20) worked as a part-timer on the Yong-san electronic market in 1994, and its there where he found his interest using hard disk drives and radio's as the source for his improvised music. On this CD he limits himself to using just two hard disk drives, disassembled and 'manipulating the vibration that occurs when they emit sound', all captured with a microphone, so that the space has a say too in the whole. Its not easy to imagine what Sangtae does when he plays these, but the music makes a great impression. Surely we can say that this is noise. The sound is loud but utterly 'dry', almost like acoustic noise. Rhythmic, buzzing, feedback like (but never forming a real wall of sound) and it makes the drives almost singing. Not easy noise to sink into, but highly demanding music. At the length in which it now arrives - three tracks, over fifty-five minutes - is however a bit long - almost like an endurance test. Perhaps a bit
shorter would have increased the intensity a bit more.
[review by MASSIMO RICCI on TOUCHING EXTREMES]
Sangtae expresses himself through amplified hard disks, in case you missed it. This passion started fifteen years ago while working part-time at Yong-san electronic market, and he has tried both to increase the knowledge and enhance the techniques for making the machines work according to a musical sense. In certain circumstances the composer manages to achieve something that could be (very vaguely) defined as such, especially in terms of rhythmic pulse; yet the problem that is going to push a lot of people away from this CD, I suspect, is that many of the sounds produced are so unforgiving, so harsh, so intrinsically inharmonious that only a sadist might be willing to repeat the experience more than once. In truth there’s no actual music here, but a series of characterless mechanical events, some of them interesting, others just silly or plain dreary. I’m sorry to report that, in general, the contents of Extensity Of Hard Disk Drive are not remarkable enough to justify their release.