phages – process part 354


Can we truly edit things down to their core, without stripping something useful away? That’s what I wonder. Not to sound cliche, but in an internet world where ‘content’ and ‘visibility’ are king, can something that’s been stripped down to it’s core elements still be relevant – even exciting? That’s really the overall question I’m trying to answer, for myself at least, with phages. I’m a lover of all music: maximal, minimal and all in between, but subtlety and/or overtness aren’t really the point here. phages. isn’t minimal as an exercise, it’s trimmed to the point of the raw necessities so it highlights the individual parts, which may in turn bring the true nature of the songs and art to the forefront. This may not work in all forms of art, or life for that matter, but it’s something that I’ve pondered. I’ve always tried to find the shortest distance to the core of something, whether it be music, painting – or just communicating in any fashion. So, if I had one point to make, it’s that I feel like I’ve gotten close to arriving at this place with phages, at least for this little moment in time. This is definitely not a statement or ethos, it’s an ongoing question.

01. Autechre – Nine
02. XXYYXX – About You
03. RZA – Built For This (Brendon Moeller dub)
04. Actress – Harrier Attk
05. Circlesquare – Trancenation
06. Rhye – Last Dance
07. Lomez – Turnin Heads
08. Erykah Badu – On & On
09. Plastikman – Konception
10. Massive Attack – Weather Storm
11. Koreless – Ivana
12. Talking Heads – Listening Wind
13. Jimmy Edgar – In Deep
14. Usher – Climax
15. oOoOO – Burnout Eyess
16. The Weeknd – What You Need
17. Floating Points – Sais
18. Aphex Twin – Xtal
19. HTRK – Slo Glo
20. Mount Kimbie – You Took Your Time (feat. King Krule)
21. James Blake – Postpone
22. phages. – Take Me With You

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