Konx-om-Pax – Optimo Tracks
OUT NOW – LIMITED 200 COPIES
4. III (No-Fun Acid Mix)
Produced by Konx-om-Pax, instruments on “Untitled I” by Vars of Lichi.
Remix by Carlos Giffoni
Pre-mastering by TVO, Mastering by Jamie Greer @ The Green Door Studio Glasgow
“Optimo Tracks” is the debut release on Konx-om-Pax’s new studio/label project – Display Copy. These pieces were written for an AV installation at the legendary Optimo Espacio club night in March 2009, providing the soundtrack to 3 hallucinatory animated shorts which were screened on a large video wall in the middle of the Sub Club dancefloor.
“I” is a collaborative effort with fellow Glasgow noiseheads Vars of Lichi, opening proceedings with a wall of heavily processed guitar feedback and over-compressed drumming, not unlike the sound of Chris Corsano and his complete kit being shoved down a stairwell in mid-set… The chaos finally dissolves into a murderous juggernaut of a metal riff that Melvins fans could easily and joyfully immerse themselves in…
“II” provides immediate light relief from the opening assault, with 210 seconds of Detroit machine ambience - reminiscent of Jeff Mills’ soundtrack to Metropolis – and a sub-bass drone mutating into rising pads that brighten into an unexpectedly lush, ethereal soundscape.
“III” is a no holds barred sonic attack, with analogue noise processed through a number of granular applications. This piece also gets the remix treatment from No-Fun label boss
Carlos Giffoni under his “No-Fun Acid” guise. Carlos impregnates an already seething original with a frothing acid line from his MS-20 and distorts the abrasive industrial morass to inaudible levels.”
Boomkat Review (Single of the Week Sep 2010) -
“Acclaimed visual artist Konx-Om-Pax presents an absolutely amazing first release from his Display Copy label, including a No Fun Acid remix by Carlos Giffoni. Konx-Om-Pax is one of those enviably hyper-active characters, equally adept at creating dazzling artwork for sleeves like Oneohtrix Point Never’s ‘Rifts’ comp and a number of Rustie releases, as well as art direction for videos from Jamie Lidell and Hudson Mohawke, collaborations with Mogwai and even a series of seriously heavyweight mixtapes. For this release we’re dealing with his sonic persona, presenting three extended tracks roving between Swans-strength bludgeoning on ‘I’, onto close, clammy, digital drone shapes on ‘II’ with shades of Coil or Autechre at their most sullen. The longest, and most impressive, is ‘III’, displaying a hyper-aware aesthetic blending Hecker-esque digital spasms with lysergic noise squalls and cavernous electro-acoustic dynamics crossing the disciplines of Bernard Parmegiani and Keiichiro Shibuya in a head-frazzling fashion. With such visceral material to work with Caros Giffoni ends the set with a compelling remix, feeding the source material through his mazy No Fun Acid matrix to splay him into an anxious blur of squirming sinewaves and organically evolving noisescapes. In other words, this is really really REALLY good, and completely f**ked sideways. Comes in limited, hand numbered (200 copies) and printed artwork, a free sticker, and our noisiest recommendation to fans of the Mego or No Fun Productions camps. Don’t miss.”
Also – Monorail + Volcanic Tounge